Sarah’s Stanford MedX Ignite! Talk On Acknowledging Needs Of Your Caregiver

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Stanford is home to Medicine X (MedX), where the philosophy is that everyone–including patients, caregivers and family members–are equal stakeholders in medicine with their own expertise and valuable stories to share. By creating a culture in which everyone’s voice is trusted and respected, real change can take place in healthcare and medicine. MedX ePatient Ignite! … Read more>>

Who Takes Care Of The Caregiver?

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Caregiving is a very important role in healthcare, but who takes care of the caregiver? Our post today comes from Beth Martel who explores this subject. Beth is a mother of two, a medical professional and a humanitarian who blogs at HealthyRecharge.com. – Who Takes Care Of The Caregiver? The duty of a caregiver for the … 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>>

Todd’s Story: Living With Prostate Cancer – Survivor’s Guilt

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Our guest post today originally appeared on Todd Seals’ blog at Living with Prostate Cancer. Todd has survived Stage 4 prostate cancer for over a decade and shares his story to inspire others. Todd is a musician and his band has played at the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life several times. Todd also advocates for UsToo.org, an … Read more>>

Cynthia’s Story: From Bystander to Empowered Partner #multiplemyeloma

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Our guest post today is a reprint of a blog post (originally published  in February 2015) from Cynthia Chmielewski, a multiple myeloma survivor and patient advocate. A retired teacher, Cynthia now teaches a new group of “students” — others who have been diagnosed with the disease. Cynthia is on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group and on … Read more>>

Kate’s Story: Her Life With Type 2 Diabetes Is Getting Better #T2D

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Our post today is reprinted with permission from the author, Kate Cornell who blogs about life with type 2 diabetes at http://kates-sweet-success.blogspot.com/. — My Life with Type 2 Diabetes: It’s getting better I haven’t felt compelled to write much lately. Sometimes I feel as if I’ve said it all, numerous times. Other times I feel … Read more>>

The Importance of Clinical Trials

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Joining a clinical trial may be the most important step a mesothelioma patient or any cancer patient can make — taking a leap of faith that goes well beyond your own best interest. Clinical trials are scientific studies where new breakthroughs, such as treatments, drugs and other therapies, are first tested on patients to determine … 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>>