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When Illness Moves in Like an Uninvited Houseguest
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To the Mother Whose Child is Hurting
Now an adult, a woman writes a letter to mother of children who are hurting due to chronic illness or disability reminding them their hard work is seen and appreciated.
Why I Fear the Cold and Flu Season
Some have labeled her as a "germaphobe," but most don't know her story.
What My Tattoos Say About My Chronic Pain
Her tattoos have an important meaning to her, especially when it comes to living with chronic pain.
When the Crohn's Disease Dragon Attacks
Comparing Crohn's disease to a dragon, this writer shares what a Crohn's disease flare is like.
Why Finishing High School Online Was Better for My Health
Once she became ill, she realized she need to search for alternative routes to finish high school. Here's why.
Why Self-Care Doesn't Make Me Selfish
A young woman with ankylosing spondylitis shares how she's learned self-care and why it's not selfish to take care of her body when she's in pain.
Finding the Courage to Be Honest When I'm Not Feeling 'Fine'
Maggie McGowan discusses how scary it is to be honest and vulnerable when you don't feel OK.
How Do You Practice Self-Love When Your Body Doesn't Love You Back?
Marisa Powers shares the difficulty of trying to practice self-care when her illness is always attacking her body.
3 Ways My Lupus Diagnosis Has Blessed Me
May Enos shares the ways she's been blessed by her lupus diagnosis.
When I Was Told Audiobooks Were for 'People Too Lazy to Read'
She was told that audiobooks are for people "too lazy to read," and she wants people to know that's not true.
What It's Like to Live With an Incurable Illness
A young woman with ankylosing spondylitis shares what it's like to live with an incurable, progressive disease.
How My Illness Inspired My Surprise Engagement and Wedding — on the Same Day
Nicole Carfagna explains how her boyfriend, Danny Rios, proposed to her and then revealed he had planned their wedding and they could get married right then.
When Mom Is Sick
Her illnesses affect her directly, and it also affects her child.
The Gift a Nursing Student Gave Me After Hearing I Volunteer With Ostomy Patients
Maggie Goodman shares the random act of kindness a stranger did for her because of how she helps people with ostomies.
How My Relationships Were Affected by the Journey to My Lupus Diagnosis
Marisa Powers explains how her relationships have been affected by her diagnosis with lupus.
5 Myths About Ostomy Bags That Need Correcting
After discovering that many didn't want to have an ileostomy because of incorrect information, this writer is breaking society's myths.
To My Healthcare Team, From an EMT Living With Chronic Illness
She found herself in the hospital, waiting for a diagnosis, and this is what she wants her healthcare team to know after her experience.
7 Ways to Educate Yourself to Live Better With Chronic Illness
Kalyn Gabriel shares ways to educate yourself to better manage and live with chronic illness.
Do You Not See Me?
Breed Dixon shares the everyday struggles of being treated as invisible due to her disability.
Accepting the Days With Lupus When I Feel Caught in Limbo
A woman explains why she sometimes feels stuck between sad and happy and how she deals with it.
The Promises I Made That Will Help Me Put My Health First This Year
How one woman plans to put herself first this year that will help her be healthier.
Getting Through the Days With Chronic Illness When Life Just Sucks
A woman shares what it was like getting a flare from a dentist appointment and what to keep in mind when you're having a bad day.
What I'm Thankful for After 365 Days With Crohn's Disease
She didn't expect her year to go the way it went, but instead of being filled with bitterness, she finds her self feeling thankful.
In Pursuit of Remission: My Unusual Goal for 2018
Lori Soucie's goal for 2018 is to achieve remission from rheumatoid arthritis.
The First Time My Rheumatoid Arthritis Made Me Cry
Victoria Fillmore shares the first time her rheumatoid arthritis made her cry, and why.
The Letter I Sent to the Canadian Government to End the Stigma Around Arthritis
She's tired of the stigma and lack of government support for the one of the most common illnesses in her country.
The Lesson My Daughter Taught Me When Lupus Made Me Lose My Hair
Losing some of her hair because of her lupus was difficult, but her daughter reminded her of something important.
What the Stages of Grief Actually Looked Like for Me After My Diagnosis
Amanda Pratt describes what the five stages of grief looked like for her after her chronic illness diagnosis.
Striving for Balance in the New Year With Chronic Illness
Samantha Reid shares her New Year's resolution to have a more balanced life as someone with chronic illness.
The Unusual New Year's Resolution I Am Making for My Health
Efstathia Koliopoulos shares her New Year's resolution to take picture of parts of her body affected by rheumatoid arthritis.
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