Gillian has been dealing with chronic pain for as long as she can remember. From finding joy in every day to advocating for herself, read the top 10 lessons that Gillian learned from living with chronic pain.
Living with a chronic illness often means that you have to adapt your lifestyle around your health. There are plenty of things you learn along the way, from lessons about self-worth and acceptance to the importance of advocating for yourself and others.
Since its inception, the Internet has played a role in healthcare. But what started out as primarily a source of information has now evolved into a much more interactive experience. Social media, cancer communities, and online support networks are revolutionizing the patient experience.
Throughout her journey with Lyme Disease, Haley has had a complicated relationship with her PICC lines. From multiple infections and trips to the ER to weird looks and comments — Haley had plenty of reasons to hate her PICC line. But she decided to view it as a "badge of honor" rather than something "to be embarrassed about" and wear it with pride.
Living with an illness that can make your stomach feel like its constantly on fire, cause extreme nausea and make you lose weight rapidly can be a very stressful experience. As a result, Caleigh has found a number of ways to stay occupied and positive, even when going through tough times health-wise.
Once we started seeing stories that cancer treatments were being postponed due to COVID, I completely lost my mind. I was petrified I would get a call one day telling me that my double mastectomy could not proceed as planned. And sure enough, one day, my phone rang, and it confirmed my fears.
Many of you have asked how to protect yourself from COVID-19 due to compromised immunity from chronic illness, or chemo treatment. We asked two of our clinical advisors what they are advising their patients.
"I would always say ‘I’m fine’ I would put on a brave face for my friends and family, but I wish I had told them. We interviewed 21-year-old college student Thomas about his battle with cancer. Midway through his cycles, he learned that he was going to need an additional two months of radiotherapy and surgery to remove the tumor.
"EDS has ravaged my body and my life in every conceivable way." Read Rachel's inspiring journey through chronic illness, her disorders, and how she didn't let it come in the way of her education and profession.
"For many months they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. I would vomit every time I ate. I couldn’t hold anything down, which led to malnutrition, fatigue, dizziness, and passing out." Read Kristy's inspiring journey!