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Jul 28

July 28, 2016

To Melanie, from Your Future Chronic Illness

To Melanie, from Your Future Chronic Illness

You’re an adult now, newly 18. You’ll leave for college soon and it won’t be easy. The adjustment won’t be too bad, you’ll make a few friends and earn good grades. But as the year progresses, the real difficulty begins. When you can’t use the restroom without crying because of pain and your mom comes to pick you up to... Read more

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Jul 11

July 11, 2016

Have YOU Ever Had a Panic Attack?

Have YOU Ever Had a Panic Attack?

Have you ever had a panic attack? The question hung between us like angry, rain-saturated clouds positioning overhead. For me, the answer was obvious. Panic attacks are a common, unfortunate part of battling with Lyme disease and coinfections. But my relationship with panic attacks pre-dates my relationship with Lyme Disease. I have been married twice. Twice I have picked out... Read more

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Apr 21

April 21, 2016

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Improbability Anxiety

I’m a worst scenario kind of gal. I wasn’t always this way. I used to be laid back, go with the flow, light hearted even. Having lead an easy, healthy, almost charmed life. What did I have to fear? But, becoming a parent and subsequently having a sick child began to chip away at my resolve. It conditioned me to... Read more

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Mar 10

March 10, 2016

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God Saw This Day

For most of us, life exists in the before and after. Before the call and after, before the doctor ushered us from the room and gave us the news and after before the ultrasound silenced the room with it’s stillness and after, before the text from the other woman came across his phone and after, before the crash of metal and... Read more

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Jan 18

January 18, 2016

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When its “All in Your Head”

You’ve been battling soul-crushing symptoms for months now. Desperate for relief, and terrified of the answers you’ve somehow managed to wait the agonizing three months it’s taken to see the specialist your primary care physician referred you to. After a battery of painful, expensive and frightening tests, it’s time to go over the results. The specialist looks you in the eye... Read more

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Nov 16

November 16, 2015

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays.

5 Tips for Surviving the Holidays

For most people the holidays mean gathering with family and friends, sharing treasured family traditions, loosening the belt buckle to allow for a second helping of grandma’s legendary turkey and dressing and maybe talking some smack while watching the game. But for those of us who battle illness, the holidays look more like not being able to meet expectations, exhaustion,... Read more

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Nov 12

November 12, 2015

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Steady Heart

What comes next? What if one day the RA becomes so bad I can’t brush my own teeth? What if the inflammation goes to my heart and kills me? What if. What if. What if. Your set of what ifs may look much different or the same. Unless you have a very different skill set than me, we have one... Read more

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Oct 30

October 30, 2015

Five Fears

Five Fears of the Chronically Ill

You will never be enough. Whether it’s pain or fatigue, anxiety or depression or even all of the above, it’s sometimes hard to think about anything but that lead weight in your bones, that fire, that ache, that scream that won’t be silenced. You try to balance even just a few relationships, keep a couple of symptoms managed, plates spinning.... Read more

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Sep 21

September 21, 2015

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You’re Not Crazy- 5 Tips For Coping With Anxiety

Got anxiety? Panic attacks? Maybe a little OCD sprinkled in for good measure? Yep, me too. These are things I’ve struggled with for most of my life, but I didn’t quite know what they were until about a decade ago. For the last several years, most of my “issues” have remained manageable and mostly under control, but only because I’ve... Read more

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