Linnea’s Story: Living Longer With Lung Cancer Thanks To Research

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Linnea Olson is a lung cancer patient/advocate who attributes her extended survival (diagnosed in April of 2005) to innovative medical research and clinical trials.  Extraordinarily mindful of what a gift each new day is, Linnea divides her time between her many friends, three children, art, writing, advocacy and a rather demanding little pup named Kumo. … Read more>>

Stuttering, Stress, and Chronic Illness: Ashish Shares His Psoriasis Story

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Stress has a way of making chronic illness worse, and when you toss in stuttering, the effects can feel shattering. Ashish shares his very personal story of living with psoriasis and how he’s learning to take charge of his health holistically. He blogs at http://www.psoriasisselfmanagement.com. – Ashish’s Story I first got psoriasis in Aug 2005, at … Read more>>

Angela’s Story: Inside the Mind of Someone With Chronic Illness

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Living with chronic illness can be fraught with hurdles, but when that journey begins at at a very young age, the challenges seem insurmountable. Our guest post comes from Angela, who lives with dysautonomia,  a medical term that describes a group of complex conditions caused by a malfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS regulates all of … Read more>>

Leslie’s Story: Living with RA and Lupus

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Our story this week comes from guest blogger, Leslie Rott, who is 31 years old.  She was diagnosed with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2008 at the age of 22.  She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in health advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College.  She is … Read more>>

Teresa’s Story: Dear Cancer

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Teresa is a retired special education teacher who keeps busy with yoga, gardening, writing, a husband, a dog and cat, and four grandchildren. She has a blog at www.teresasaum.com where she writes about a variety of subjects. She likes to quote Eve Ensler, “I would never say cancer was a blessing, but it has afforded … Read more>>

Lana’s Story: When Life Handed Me Chronic Illness

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Lana Barhum lives and works in northeast Ohio. She is a legal assistant, patient advocate, freelance writer, and mother. Having lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008, Lana uses her experiences to share expert advice on living successfully with chronic illness. She has written for several online health communities, including Alliance Health, Mango Health, … Read more>>

Lisa’s Story: RA Holidays

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Lisa Emrich is a powerful advocate who uses her experience living with multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis to educate, empower, and inspire people living with chronic conditions. Author of the award-winning blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA, Lisa writes for RheumatoidArthritis.net, MultipleSclerosis.net, and HealthCentral.com. She is Co-chair of the Engagement Committee for … Read more>>

Julie’s Story: Sharing Is Therapeutic

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What could be more uplifting than a story about choosing to live a positive life despite adversity? Julie Cerrone shares her story (which originally appeared on her own blog) about visiting Disney and participating in the American Idol singing contest while struggling with the hurdles of living with psoriatic arthritis. Julie works for WEGO Health, and … Read more>>

Jen’s Breast Cancer Story: FIGHT SONG!

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As we wrap up our month long tribute to breast cancer awareness, our final story comes from our very own Director of Operations, Jen Kelly, who shares her own personal caregiver story. Thank you to all of our guest bloggers who wrote guest posts for us this month. If you haven’t read them, please be … Read more>>

Family History, Clinical Trials, Mammograms and Mastectomy: Marla’s Breast Cancer Story

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Our latest guest post in our month long series dedicated to raising breast cancer awareness comes from Marla Wexler, a breast cancer survivor whose powerful image and quote about mastectomy went viral when it was first posted on Instagram nearly 2 years ago. MarlaJan Wexler is 35 years old, was born with tetralogy of Fallot, a … Read more>>