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Chronic Illness

The One Thing We Actually Need From Friends as Special Needs Parents

The Mighty | Posted 02.15.2016 | Parents
The Mighty

All we need from a friend or family member, whether they live in our world of medical or behavioral challenges or not, is simply the acknowledgement that it's really freaking tough sometimes.

Facing Addiction: It's Time to Focus on Solutions

Jim Hood | Posted 02.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Jim Hood

I will never be able to turn my attention away from addiction. It's time to start facing addiction with the urgency these deeply disturbing statistics demand and asking ourselves tougher questions -- and demanding better answers -- than ever before.

The 7 Most Profound Ways That Love Can Make You Healthier

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.19.2016 | Healthy Living

Can love really conquer all? We asked, you answered.

What to Say to a Friend With Cancer

Kimberly Fink | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Fink

At age 32, I was diagnosed with uterine cancer. One of the things that struck me the most is how tough it was to have genuine conversations with friends and colleagues after my cancer diagnosis. There is no other way to say it... people just get awkward.

Dear Friends: Please Stop Health Shaming Me for Not Going Out

Kassy Scarcia | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Kassy Scarcia

Taking care of my health is a top priority for me and I don't need to feel guilty for that. Staying home to sleep instead of watching a basketball game does not make me a bad fan. Going home after work instead of getting drinks does not make me anti-social. And sleeping in on the weekend does not make me lazy.

A Life Without Food: The Dinner Table

Michaela Shelley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Michaela Shelley

Being unable to eat food is not only about the physical consequences of eating, it is also about the social and emotional aspect that comes along with it. Although I may want the food, I just can't have it.

Strength in Adversity

Dan Collinson | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Dan Collinson

I am always fascinated about people's strengths and how they can enable a person to be at their best, to flourish and to fulfill their potential. This fascination was what led me to research about strengths and how people thrive, so that I could work with individuals and organisations to apply their strengths, in order to succeed.

Stillness and Rest: An Essential Part of Health

Dr. Deborah Caldwell | Posted 01.28.2016 | Women
Dr. Deborah Caldwell

Taking time off, scheduling a vacation or even a relaxing weekend seems indulgent (and even a bit selfish) when there are millions of things demanding your attention. Yet, your body isn't designed for the craziness of a 24/7 non-stop, highly-stressful life.

Opening the Front Door to Better Care

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

This article is co-authored with Dr. Bruce Leff, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Transformative Geriatric Research at Johns Hopki...

Living Well With Lyme Disease: 5 Tips to Be a Better Husband in 'Sickness and in Health'

Mark W. Guay | Posted 01.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark W. Guay

Through this experience, I've grown to learn a bit about what it takes to be a better husband when your spouse depends on you to be the caretaker.

Multiple Sclerosis, Jamie-Lynn Sigler's Autoimmune Disease, Explained

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living

In a People magazine interview on this week, Jamie-Lynn Sigler revealed that she has had multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease, for the past 15 ye...

12 Ways My Entrepreneurial Spirit Helps Me Cope With My Debilitating Chronic Illness

Sigrun Gudjonsdottir | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Sigrun Gudjonsdottir

Since my Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) bulldozed into my life and turned it up side down and shook it sideways, my life has taken several drastic tur...

The Future of Medicine: Evolution or Revolution?

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

James Maskell, host of the Evolution of Medicine summit, took this thinking one step further, in our recent interview, postulating that the reason Western medicine is slow to incorporate more holistic models is that the medical structures needed for acute disease and chronic disease are "completely opposite."

The Tricky Art of Hanging on During Life-Rattling Events

Hilary Lauren | Posted 01.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Hilary Lauren

The stress I used to think was a big deal... wasn't. Evenings after work, I would rush in the door, run to my bedroom, shuck off my work clothes and h...

I Will Always Protect You: A Letter to My Sons

Lauren Dillard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Lauren Dillard

If ever there comes a day when I am unable to tell you myself, remember that you have touched my soul in ways I cannot accurately express. Even if my body doesn't physically allow it, when you need me I will stand up for you.

Man Diagnosed With ALS Dies of Lyme Disease (Part 1 of 2)

David Michael Conner | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Tara and David Geraghty On Dec. 22, three days before Christmas, 55-year-old David A. Geraghty died from complications of a supposedly rarely fatal i...

Man Dies From Lyme Disease: 'No One Wants to Talk About It'

David Michael Conner | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
David Michael Conner

Strict adherence to prescribed regulations that don't take into consideration variable and nuanced real-world factors that don't always fit neatly into diagnostic criteria? Or is there something about Lyme disease specifically, as Tara Geraghty said, that no one wants to talk about?

A Resolution I Can Keep

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

I could go on because my list of faults is many but they're within my power to fix. If I'm successful at making sure I'm a better person on the inside, who I really am will radiate on the outside, and erase any concerns I have about superficial flaws like weight or appearance. And, these changes will ensure 2016 and every year after is a happy new year.

A Sick Woman's Christmas Gift

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Nika C. Beamon

The twinkling lights from the garland strung across the door way to my kitchen left a golden haze over the dining room, which was packed with people; ...

10 Surprising Perks Of Female Hair Loss

Chanel White | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Once a woman who spent hours primping her features to perfection, I now found myself with a very conspicuous, very shiny bald head. I have decided however, that there are actually some pretty awesome perks to rocking the bald look!

Chemotherapy Isn't Only for Cancer Patients

Chanel White | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Upon hearing the word 'chemotherapy,' most people jump to the same conclusions, with the same general consensus on how chemo works, who receives it and what side effects it has on the body. The truth is chemotherapy isn't only for cancer patients, and affects each patient differently depending on how it is used.

Her Illness Taught Me How to Live

Whitney Lloyd | Posted 12.02.2015 | Women
Whitney Lloyd

Her illness was my lesson. It was my wake up call. Her illness nearly broke my family. It knocked us down harder and lower than we could have imagine...

It's a Chronically-Ill Holiday (Again), But You Can Do This

Hilary Lauren | Posted 11.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Hilary Lauren

On this day and other holidays I become a near-literal personification of two poles. The North, to match Santa and his booming joy and largess. Early ...

Three Most Important Steps To Help Someone In A Health Crisis

Dr. Franky Dolan | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Franky Dolan

Many people write me, asking about how to respond to someone who is diagnosed with a serious illness. People often want very badly to say or do the "right" thing.

The Difference Between 'Living With a Terminal Illness' and 'Dying'

Chanel White | Posted 11.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Someday again I will be dying, lying in a hospital bed with only days left ahead of me -- and truthfully yes, if you want to define "dying" as losing a battle to illness then I am in every sense of the term dying... but personally I like to call residing in this defective body, riddled by disease: successfully, and enthusiastically living.