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Chronic Illness

I'm 34, But I Just Had My 10th Birthday

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 03.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachel Garlinghouse

I will never take for granted that on March 24, 2006, I was saved from death. I was on the brink. And after being sick for so long and being given up on, I myself was ready to give up. But just in the proverbial nick of time, I got an answer. I got a second chance.

How My Chronic Pain Affects Body Image

Stephanie Harper | Posted 03.24.2016 | Women
Stephanie Harper

I can't physically be the person I want to be. And that's been a hard pill to swallow.

Advocating for Women With Chronic Illness on International Women's Day

Michelle Noehren | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Michelle Noehren

The time is now for paid family and medical leave. Seriously ill employees shouldn't have to worry about how they are going to pay their bills at the same time as they worry about how they will get through the day.

How I Learned to Appreciate Nancy Reagan and Hair Spray

Joanna Charnas | Posted 03.07.2016 | Style
Joanna Charnas

Living with a chronic illness, as I do, is not always about managing big issues like medications and treatment options or about maintenance of adequat...

How a Rare Disease Can Teach Us About Our Greatest Story

Smita Malhotra, M.D. | Posted 03.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Smita Malhotra, M.D.

When I earned my medical degree, I understood that it granted me the right to practice medicine. But over the years, I have learned that this degree has also given me the great honor and privilege to hear people's stories. I have been given a front row seat in the class of the human condition.

3 Reasons I am Distinctly Abled - The Underestimation of Disability in Business

Jay Crisp Crow | Posted 03.01.2016 | Business
Jay Crisp Crow

Here's a list (extensive but not exclusive) of things I am totally rocking at that will help your business: - Using the resources I have to cr...

Why You Should Know About Medical Fitness and Lisa Dougherty

Riva Greenberg | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Lisa Dougherty was inspired by her father, a four-time cancer survivor, to leave her job on Wall Street and pursue a career in helping others. In her 30s, she went back to school and started her own medical fitness business. That was the beginning.

A Stranger's Touch Eased My Pain

Nika C. Beamon | Posted 02.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Nika C. Beamon

But this time, I felt like a person and not just another patient. Like my pain mattered; my needs mattered. I felt my survival matter that I made me fight harder to endure what I was going through.

The Inner Chaos of Anxiety

Ashley Ballou-Bonnema | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Ashley Ballou-Bonnema

There's a bottomless well of churning thought and emotion that engulfs the very core of our being and is born of a silent inner strength. That strengt...

People Prescribed Opioids Are Not Automatically 'Junkies'

Kate Mitchell | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Kate Mitchell

We are the ones suffering the most from people making light of our struggles. We are the ones being treated like addicts while our bodies attack us. We are the ones suffering. Would you say that someone living with cancer was drug seeking and looking for opiates to get high, not for pain relief? Why would that be okay to someone living with chronic pain?

My Father's Influence on Managing Chronic Illness: Common Sense and Saliva

Joanna Charnas | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

Dad, who didn't have any scientific or medical training, had insisted that the patterns in the tie supported my brain development. Decades later, science proved Dad correct.

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...