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Living With Chronic Illness

4 Tips on Celebrating a Holiday Alone

Jessica Gimeno | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jessica Gimeno

I have a neuromuscular autoimmune disease called myasthenia gravis. Like other friends of mine with MG, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and other illnesses, I have to weigh the joys of being with loved ones against the risks of getting a cold or the flu, which can lead to relapses, hospitalization, and weeks (or months) bedridden.

Symptoms of the Problem: When Doctors Are Reluctant to Use Conventional Medicine for Our Own Families

Michael Finkelstein, MD | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Finkelstein, MD

Doctors are people too, and we equally suffer from our own limitations, when it comes to our loved ones and ourselves. My hope is that as more and more physicians are asked to consider the alternatives that our patients request, we too will consider these alternatives more seriously.

5 Lessons I've Learned From My Yearlong Headache

Stephanie Harper | Posted 12.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

As difficult as this kind of chronic pain can be, the hours of exhaustion that pile on, I've also learned several invaluable lessons on how to survive, to love, and even, sometimes, to thrive. Here are the five most important things I've picked up on my journey.

7 Empowerment Tips From a 'Professional Patient'

Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Zeppieri-Caruana

If you live with a chronic disease, you may be able to relate to me. Everyone wants to feel good. After all, it's hard to check off our bucket list and accomplish life goals if we can't get ourselves out of bed. So how can we obtain our best health and health care when battling a chronic and/or incurable illness?

6 Life Lessons You Learn From Having A Chronic Illness

Lottie V. Ryan | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lottie V. Ryan

The diagnosis of any chronic illness comes with much you wish you didn't have to carry, and suffer with, for the rest of your life. Your chronic illness also teaches you many great things that offer enormous reward in life, and sometimes it's good to take a moment to acknowledge this brighter side of your existence.

3 Warning Signs That You're Using Your Chronic Illness As an Excuse to Fail

Lottie V. Ryan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Lottie V. Ryan

Your chronic illness doesn't mean you can't be successful. Just keep believing, keep doing and always pick yourself up after every fall. You've got this, and you're not alone.

World IBD Day: It's Not All Sunshine and Flowers

Rebecca Kaplan | Posted 07.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Kaplan

When people hear about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, they do not hear these stories. However, to get a full understanding of how serious these diseases are, it's essential that these stories are shared.

Getting Ready to Go Off to College When You Have a Chronic Disease Like Type I Diabetes

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I happen to know something about this because my daughter, Marejka, was diagnosed with type I diabetes five months before she left home to attend Stanford University. Needless to say, that was a challenging time for both my daughter and our family.

WATCH: Richard Cohen's Multiple Sclerosis Didn't Make Him A Victim

Posted 01.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

When Richard Cohen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1973, he had plenty reasons to feel like a victim, but he never allowed it. Cohen wrote...

The Value of Health Prevention and Management

Stan Berkow | Posted 03.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stan Berkow

For us, placing a dollar value on health care services requires a deeper look into the downstream effects of health prevention and management.

Chronic Care Patients Are Dying for Change

Bruce Ettinger | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Bruce Ettinger

America has a hotshot, high tech system that can deliver world class, life saving technologies for surgeries, emergencies and other medical crises. Bu...

High Tech Works When It Enables High Touch

Trishan Panch | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Trishan Panch

François-Marie Arouet, 18th century French author and iconoclast, better known as Voltaire, quipped that, "The art of medicine consists of amusing th...

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.

What Not to Do When You Get a New Diagnosis

Danea Horn | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Danea Horn

I found that when I put my energy toward healthy behaviors, I had less time and mental space for worry. I began to trust that things would work out well, even if that included a kidney transplant.

Reclaiming Your Life After Being Diagnosed as Chronically-Ill

Toni Nagy | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Toni Nagy

I wish that during those dark days, I had access to a book that so well articulated not only how I felt, but also how I could actually come to change my viewpoint. It took me years to begin a proactive path of psychological and spiritual healing.

Lessons Learned Through Chronic Illness

Dr. Denise Nagel | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Denise Nagel

Living with uncertainty, I have come to believe that I know things about my body that neither patients nor doctors are taught to value. Here are 10 lessons I've learned while living with chronic illness.