Living with constant pain, not being able to eat, frequent hospitalizations, and relying on medical devices took a toll on Rachel's life. Although she realizes her life and nutrition may look a lot different than others, she accepts it as her normal.
Living with a chronic illness means your health can go from feeling normal to "I'm going to pass out" in the blink of an eye. That's why it can be nice to know you're extra prepared in case of an emergency. Chronic illness warrior Riss shares her backpack essentials to help you feel safe and secure when you're on the go.
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.
After receiving my first diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, I felt relieved to have a name for what was happening to me, and I finally felt understood. I learned that Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness, which entails a state of permanency; it meant that I would never go back to the old me.
"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.