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>>

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>>

Clinical Research Saved My Life – and Changed It

By T.J. Sharpe In this blog post, T.J. Sharpe shares his story of how a clinical trial not only saved his life but gave him a new and more meaningful career. A member of HealthiVibe’s Patient Steering Committee, T.J. shares his story in recognition of Clinical Trials Awareness Week, which is May 18 – 22, … Read more>>

Preparing for Gastric Sleeve Surgery during COVID-19

By Lainie Farence In this blog post, guest blogger Lainie Farance shares how a lifetime of struggle with her weight led her to make the decision to undergo bariatric surgery only to have her surgery postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. I have had weight issues my whole life, and I do not mean the … Read more>>

My Life with Epilepsy

By Gabriella Tantillo March 26 is World Epilepsy Awareness Day, and in this blog post, 23-year-old guest blogger Gabriella Tantillo shares her story of being diagnosed and living with epilepsy. The fourth most common neurological disorder, epilepsy is characterized by unpredictable seizures and affects people of all ages. I was diagnosed with epilepsy seven years … Read more>>

AMD: Saving My Vision After a Misdiagnosis

by Mike Sturm February is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month and in this blog post, guest blogger Mike Sturm shares how difficult it was to get the correct diagnosis of AMD, leading to loss of vision in his eye. According to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, this eye disease is the leading cause of vision … Read more>>

Losing My Voice to Thyroid Disease

By Mary Ellen Morrison January is Thyroid Awareness Month and in this blog post, guest blogger Mary Ellen Morrison shares her story of struggling to get a diagnosis when she began to show signs of a thyroid condition. According to the American Thyroid Association, up to 20 million Americans have a thyroid condition and up to … Read more>>

Living with Multiple Autoimmune Diseases

By Laura Scott In this blog post, guest blogger Laura Scott shares her story of trying to get answers to the myriad of symptoms she began experiencing as a young mother our post. Only by continuing to advocate for herself did she eventually learn that she is suffering from four autoimmune diseases with our post. … Read more>>