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

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

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

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>>

Lana’s Story: When Life Handed Me Chronic Illness

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

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>>

Anya’s Story: Helping Others While Helping Herself

Our post today comes from Anya de Iongh who authors The Patient Patient blog. Her inspiring story shows how helping others can sometimes be the best medicine for ourselves. You can find Anya at her blog and on Twitter she goes by @Anyadei. Anya’s Story As a self-management coach, I often talk to the people I support about managing … Read more>>

No Sugar Coating: Ally Talks Type 1 Diabetes

 On both her blog and Twitter, Ally talks diabetes the same way she takes her coffee–very light, no sugar. The 2015 Stanford Medicine X Scholar shares with us the frustration of misconceptions about  type 1 diabetes that spread like wildfire on social media. Read her blog at Very Light, No Sugar Follow her on Twitter @verylightnosuga … Read more>>

Lori-Ann’s Story: 5 Tips for Dealing with Psoriatic Arthritis #psoriaticarthritis

Discover Lori-Ann’s 5 tips for living with psoriatic arthritis and the benefits of becoming a mentor to others living with the condition.

Top 5 Ways Social Media Puts the “Power” in “#empoweredpatients” #SMDay #SocialMediaDay2015

Today the world is celebrating Social Media Day. The event was first started by Mashable in 2010 as a way to recognize and embrace the role social media has played in bringing people together from around the world, connecting us to one another in a way mankind has never known before. While some argue we have … Read more>>

Trisha’s Story: Life with #Gastroparesis and How She Found Her #PatientVoice

Through the Patient Lens: Trisha’s story of living with gastroparesis and how an advocacy group has connected her to others, giving her inspiration and hope. Trisha’s working hard to raise awareness for everyone living with this terrible disease. You can find Trisha on @bundytr5 Trisha’s Story My name is Trisha and I am sharing my … Read more>>