Esophageal Cancer: Our Journey

By Mathew Herbert In this blog post, guest blogger Mathew Herbert shares his story of providing care and support for his wife who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month, and, according to the American Association for Cancer Research, more than 18,000 Americans were diagnosed with the disease in 2020. Kelly … Read more>>

Overcoming Depression through Self-Awareness

By Nina Sabin In this blog post, guest blogger Nina Sabin shares her journey of overcoming years of depression by seeking medical treatment and getting to know herself better. Major depressive disorder affects approximately 17.3 million American adults, or about 7.1 percent of the U.S. population age 18 or older, in a given year, according … Read more>>

Leukemia Cure Leads to Graft versus Host Disease

By Luis Felipe Zuniga In this blog post, Luis Felipe Zuniga shares his story of undergoing a bone marrow transplant that resulted in the chronic condition of Graft versus Host Disease, a rare condition that occurs when donor bone marrow or stem cells attack the recipient. My first symptom of cancer happened when I was … Read more>>

Two Healthy 35-Year-Olds Share Their COVID-19 Story

By Meagan Nair In this blog post, Meagan Nair shares her experience of contracting COVID-19 and caring for her boyfriend, Michael, who became severely ill with the virus and ended up in the Intensive Care Unit. Both Meagan and Michael are 35 years old and in good health. The week of Thanksgiving began like any … Read more>>

Navigating COVID 19 As a Parent and a Teacher Living with Depression and GAD

By Morgan Floyd Williams In this blog post, guest blogger Morgan Floyd Williams shares her experience of being a teacher and parent navigating the Coronavirus pandemic while also dealing with clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). I have been in the world of public education my entire life. I am a third-generation teacher currently … Read more>>

Dystonia, Gastroparesis, and Stiff Person Syndrome: Navigating My Ever-Changing Life

By Patricia Antion In this blog post, guest blogger Patricia Antion shares the story of how her life has been altered by the illness, pain, and muscle spasms she experienced over a period of years that eventually led to her being diagnosed with dystonia, a movement disorder, gastroparesis, a digestive disorder affecting the stomach muscles, … Read more>>

COVID-19: “I’m sorry to tell you you’re positive”

By Amy Roberts In this blog post, 40-year-old Amy Roberts from Ligonier, Pennsylvania, shares her experience of being exposed to COVID-19, getting severely ill, seeking testing and treatment, and her long recovery from the virus. By mid-February, my 10-year-old son was coming home from school every day asking, “Mom, what is going to happen if … Read more>>

Diabetes: From the Outside Looking In

Kim Pierce, MS, RD, LD, CDCES In this blog post, guest blogger Kim Pierce, a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, shares her perspective on the many challenges diabetes patients face on a daily basis. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 10.5 percent of Americans suffer from diabetes. In working with patients, as well … Read more>>

Infertility: The Seven Stages of Grief

By Natalie Edwards In this blog post, guest blogger Natalie Edwards shares her story of dealing with infertility and all the emotions she experienced on her journey to getting pregnant. Shock/Disbelief. Denial. Bargaining. Guilt. Anger. Depression. Acceptance/Hope.  These are the seven stages of grief. That’s how I describe what going through infertility is like to … Read more>>

The Challenges and Gifts of Autism

By Ashley Manzo In this blog post, Ashley Manzo shares her story of having an autistic child and the challenges – and gifts – of caring for her son during the COVID-19 pandemic. I never wanted to have kids. I’m sure this a strange way to start this article, but it’s true.  My husband and … Read more>>