“Life is Precious” – I Survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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By John McCaig In this blog post, guest blogger John McCaig shares his story of surviving a sudden cardiac arrest. With his second chance at life, John now works to spread awareness about this condition, which affects more than 200,000 Americans a year, and advocates for CPR training and availability of portable defibrillators. Cardiac arrest is … Read more>>

Making Peace with Crohn’s Disease

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By Samantha Harkins In this blog post, guest blogger Samantha Harkins shares her journey with inflammatory bowel disease, including several misdiagnoses, multiple surgeries and finally accepting that Crohn’s Disease is part of her identity. Twenty-one years ago, I was a 19-year-old college junior working at my job at the mall. Suddenly I doubled over in … Read more>>

A Day in the Life of Having Type 2 Diabetes: Stay in the Moment

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By Phyllisa Deroze In this blog post, Diabetes Advocate Phyllisa Deroze shares her story of being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and how it affects her life on a daily basis. When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2011, I was surprised, confused, and overwhelmed. My diagnosis came a week after my primary … Read more>>

Melanoma: A Warrior for Life

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By Cathy Moore In this blog post, Cathy Moore shares the journey she and her husband John travelled together after he was diagnosed with melanoma at age 47. May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Melanoma . . . The mention of that word still triggers my warrior’s instinct. My senses keen, I sit up straighter, and … Read more>>

Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I’m a Nurse Not a Patient”

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In this blog post, Kathleen Furbee shares her story of being diagnosed with and treated for rheumatoid arthritis and how after 10 years of treatment she is grateful for the medical advances that allow her to live a full and happy life. By Kathleen Furbee             When I was in my early fifties I came down with … Read more>>

Uterine Cancer: Why Not Me?

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In this blog post, Catherine Samargo shares her story of being diagnosed and treated for uterine cancer. She reflects upon what it was like to receive a cancer diagnosis in the midst of other family tragedies and how her mindset slowly shifted from one of victimization to one of compassion for all human beings enduring … Read more>>

A Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding Dementia

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In this blog post, Holly Clark offers her perspective on caring for loved ones suffering with dementia based on her professional experience working as a Community Manager for FirstCare Nursing Homes in Ireland and her personal experience caring for a family member dealing with the disease. By Holly Clark Hundreds of millions of people in the world … Read more>>

Who knew I had Glaucoma? I Didn’t.

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Approximately half of the glaucoma population in the U.S. goes undiagnosed  Article by Stephanie Handler Originally published by the Glaucoma Research Foundation. On April 19, 2011, I was diagnosed with glaucoma, a serious eye disease that can lead to blindness. I made an appointment with my local ophthalmology clinic in San Francisco as soon as I noticed … Read more>>

Christmastime Can Present More Challenges Than Cheer for Chronic Lyme Disease Patients

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By Jill A. Ross This blog post shares the perspectives of members of the North Central West Virginia Lyme Community (NCWVLC), a support group for Chronic Lyme Disease patients, about how living with a serious chronic illness has affected their ability to participate in the holidays and how overextending themselves during this busy season can … Read more>>

Hyperhidrosis: More Than Just Sweating

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This blog post features Molly Nair, a young woman living with hyperhidrosis. November is Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month and Ms. Nair shares how this condition has affected her life since she was in elementary school. She details what it is like to live with hyperhidrosis, the obstacles she has faced because of it, and how she … Read more>>