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>>

Cynthia’s Breast Cancer Story: Trilogy of Terror

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Throughout the month of October, we are dedicating our blog to stories of breast cancer. This blog post, from guest blogger Cynthia, is the fourth in our series. Cynthia is the mother of 3 fabulous now-grown homeschooled children, now married to the love of her life and living in wooded, wedded bliss in a tiny … Read more>>

Breast Cancer: Amy’s Story

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Throughout the month of October, we are dedicating our blog to stories of breast cancer. This blog post from guest blogger Amy is the second in our series. Amy is a later Baby Boomer, married nearly 40 years, three children, one teenage granddaughter and three cats. After raising her children and caring for her ill … Read more>>

Chelsea’s Story: Battle with Rare Disease

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Chelsea Freund- At the age of 16 Chelsea left home to live on the campus of a public school for the Arts. From 18-21, she spent three spring-fall seasons on Mackinac Island in Michigan to earn money and gain experience. At 21, Chelsea and her friend took some time to travel and camp around the … Read more>>

Alisha’s Story: Perservering with Fibromyalgia

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Alisha Nurse is a proud alumnus of the University of Westminster, UK, where she completed her MA in International Journalism. She lives with a number of chronic health conditions including fibromyalgia, clinical depression, anxiety, & Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and for much of her life has suffered from debilitating symptoms. Alisha wants to raise awareness … Read more>>