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Chronic Illness

Searching for Community

Richard M. Cohen | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Richard M. Cohen

Sometimes, the sick join affinity groups, single illness advocacy and service organizations. They hold a special place in our lives.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Forgotten Is Forgiven

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

Forgiveness is a gift to yourself. It frees you from the past, past experiences, and past relationships. It allows you to live in present time. When you forgive yourself and forgive others, you are indeed free.

How Do You Deal With Relatives Who Don't Understand Your Chronic Illness?

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

Even having one person in your life who supports you, educates themselves about your condition, learns about the medical choices you have to make and actively takes a role in caregiving for you is a major blessing. I'm lucky to have a handful of people in my life who understand my disease.

Seeing Over the Health Care Horizon

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

I believe that the announcement by the FDA of the approval of the genome sequencing technology for medical applications is symbolic for the future development of personalized health care.

In Awe of Me

Debbie Fink | Posted 07.10.2014 | Women
Debbie Fink

I didn't like being the benchmark for which "strong" was based. Rather, I just wanted to be "Debbie": normal, cancer-free and worrying about which pre-natal vitamins to take, not what chemo won't make me vomit, mortality and, worst, not being able to have kids of my own.

No 'Magic Pill' for Helping Patients Manage Chronic Illness

Mark Wagar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Wagar

Care delivery that puts the patient into focus, and embraces new and innovative ways of engaging patients in their treatment will help us realize the triple aim of health reform.

Learning To Live With Recurrent Disease

Joanna_Montgomery | Posted 02.09.2014 | Healthy Living

I have to wrap my mind around the fact that, unless a cure is discovered in my lifetime, cancer is going to be part of my life for the rest of my life. Cancer is my herpes. Or my diabetes or RA or COPD. It's in me and I am going to have to accept it and learn to manage and dominate it.

This Is What Living With Chronic Illness Looks Like

Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

Luna Coppola is a 32-year-old photojournalist who has been perpetually ill for the last decade. Diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease in 2004, she'd l...


Jack Schimmelman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jack Schimmelman

Being chronically ill is learning about love. Whether I believe I can recover or not, I am blessed.

The Antidote to Living With Diabetes

Riva Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

As Diabetes Month ends, I don't know how much we've accomplished. I don't know how many more people with diabetes will take better care of themselves. Or how many people realized they may have undiagnosed diabetes and went to get a fasting blood sugar test.

The Most Prevalent and Devastating Disease Your Doctor Has Never Heard Of

Jennifer Brea | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Brea

There is something elusive in the nature of the illness such that unless you live it, or live with and care for someone who does, it's almost impossible understand or describe. You might come close after decades of treating patients. At every turn, language fails.

The Health Care Option Most 20-Somethings Didn't Think They Could Afford

Ilana Jacqueline | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ilana Jacqueline

I steadily unloaded what had felt like a permanent weight off my shoulders and into my doctor's hands. With him managing my treatment, other doctors, and making sure I would never have to spend hours explaining myself before getting emergency treatment -- I could have a life again.

What REALLY Kills Us

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What really kills us prematurely, and all too often imposes years of misery beforehand, isn't a list of chronic diseases, but the factors that cause those diseases. What really takes years from life and life from years is a willingness to know WHAT, yet neglect the opportunity to know HOW.

Why Was Your Health Insurance Plan Cancelled and Not Upgraded?

Robbie Gennet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

Regardless of your general disposition toward the president, let's make sure your anger isn't just a little bit misguided.

The Biggest Medical Discovery of Our Lifetimes: Finding the Cure for Chronic Disease

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Many people are searching for functional medicine doctors because they're unsatisfied with what conventional medicine offers. They're unhappy with the way conventional doctors think about their health. They're discouraged by the focus conventional medicine places on just suppressing symptoms.

Art Words: Holding It Together

Daniel Leighton | Posted 12.29.2013 | Arts
Daniel Leighton

Pieces of heart. Disconnection from Self. The shadow that surrounds you: What you know you could be, what you fear you might be. Caught up in a p...

Republicans Want to Restore the National Institutes of Health?

Don C. Reed | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Don C. Reed

If we allow a political party to shut down the government just because they do not approve of a law, there will be no end to it. Interestingly, given the Republicans' sudden interest in the NIH, what are their future plans for it, after the publicity dies down?

Healthy Aging for a Sustainable Workforce

Peter Goldbach, MD | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Peter Goldbach, MD

Meaningful, personalized, whole person engagement ensures that the investment in health and wellness will be maximized for both the companies and people who need it to work. If employers and employees buy in to this, both will be happy, healthy and productive for years to come.

American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network Takes it to Congress

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
SidneyAnne Stone

There is a growing need for palliative care programs, which may be attributed to the increasing number of people living with chronic illness in the United States and the need for education and training of healthcare providers is rapidly growing as well.

Chronic Illness and Lyme: What You're Not Being Told

Beth Greer | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Beth Greer

The first place to start if you have a chronic illness is to become intimately aware of what goes in you, on you and surrounds you. Awareness can bring about change.

5 Fashion Tips for Cancer Patients (And Others With Chronic Illness)

Anna Leahy | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Anna Leahy

If you're sick, wear what you like. Wear whatever you want to wear, whatever makes you happy or comfortable. Wear something old that brings back memories. Rules don't matter.

4 Lies We Believe About Life With Illness

Lisa Copen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Copen

Chronic illness creates major changes in our body. Understanding the challenges you face with your illness, and then planning a life despite them, may be one of the healthiest decisions you will ever make.

When Your Friend Is Ill the Right Words Are a Blessing

Lisa Copen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Lisa Copen

When in doubt, just listen. And if you need to say something to a friend who is hurting, simply say, "I don't know what to say, but I am here and I care."

The Ultimate Goal of Survival

Erin Havel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin Havel

Sometimes I choose to live in an alternate reality. Although I know not everyone survives their illnesses, I choose to believe they will. It's not denial, it's hope.

Escaping From Reality

Kelly Bergin | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelly Bergin

I have been on an airplane almost every week for the past three months, scraping pennies from the bottom of my drawer and babysitting for flight tickets. It is not work for which I travel. I travel to escape from the reality of the past year, which has brutally reminded me of what chronic illness truly entails.