Making Peace with Crohn’s Disease

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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

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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. When I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2011, I was surprised, confused, and overwhelmed. My diagnosis came a week after my primary … Read more>>

Rheumatoid Arthritis: “I’m a Nurse Not a Patient”

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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>>

Christmastime Can Present More Challenges Than Cheer for Chronic Lyme Disease Patients

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By Jill A. Ross This blog post shares the perspectives of members of the North Central West Virginia Lyme Community (NCWVLC), a support group for Chronic Lyme Disease patients, about how living with a serious chronic illness has affected their ability to participate in the holidays and how overextending themselves during this busy season can … Read more>>

Anne’s Story: Adapting to Life With MS

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Learning to adapt is key to managing any chronic illness. Our guest blogger, Anne P., shares the hurdles of life with multiple sclerosis in today’s post. – Anne’s Story I have multiple sclerosis and many “MSers”, myself included, get really frustrated by the fact that our disease is often invisible. Especially in the early stages of … Read more>>

Melissa’s Story: The Work That Comes With Being A Patient

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Meet today’s guest blogger, Melissa, a MedX ePatient Scholar and patient advocate living with Sjogren’s (“SHOW-grins”) Syndrome, autoimmune arthritis, and chronic pain. Melissa shares what it’s like to deal with the daily frustrations that face the chronically ill. You can find Melissa on Twitter as @710dot9, and she blog at 710dot9.tumblr.com. You can learn more about Sjogren’s Syndrome from … 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>>

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>>