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>>

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>>