How Living with Interstitial Cystitis Changed My Life

 By Emily Gammell In this blog post, guest blogger Emily Gammell shares her story of living with Interstitial Cystitis, more commonly known as Painful Bladder Syndrome, which is a painful chronic condition affecting the bladder. September is Interstitial Cystitis Awareness Month and Emily is doing her part to raise awareness of this often undiagnosed and misdiagnosed … Read more>>

My Mom’s Heart Attack

By Holly Radabaugh In this blog post, guest blogger Holly Radabaugh shares the story of how her mother survived a heart attack against all odds and emphasizes the importance of recognizing the more subtle signs of a heart attack that many women experience.  Nine years ago, my mother had a heart attack and subsequently, open … Read more>>

Celiac Disease Through the Eyes of a Teenager

By Cassidy Urbancic In this blog post, guest blogger Cassidy Urbancic shares her story of being diagnosed and learning to live with celiac disease as a young teen. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, it is estimated that celiac disease affects one in 100 people worldwide and that 2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and at … Read more>>

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

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

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

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. Check out this health blog about this. When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2011, I was surprised, confused, and overwhelmed. My … Read more>>

Melanoma: A Warrior for Life

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”

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?

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>>

Who knew I had Glaucoma? I Didn’t.

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>>