7 Signs It Was Time to Find a New Doctor

I was in the waiting room dreading yet another appointment with my rheumatologist. It was nine months prior that I was diagnosed by my primary physician with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and I didn’t know what my doctor-patient relationship should look like. At that third appointment with Dr. “A,” I determined it was time for me…

5 Tips for Being Productive with Chronic Pain

The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than half of Americans live with chronic pain. Furthermore, at least 40% report that pain interferes with their ability to work and enjoy everyday life. So how do you stay productive when pain is a regular part of your routine? Patient advocate Lana Barhum shares five…

4 Healthy Ways to Manage Chronic Illness Anger

  Anger is a natural response to dealing with chronic illness frustrations. But it’s important not to let anger to prevent you from living your best possible life. Speaking from experience, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia advocate Lana Barhum shares four healthy ways to manage chronic illness anger. Chronic illness came into my life when I…

Oh, the Anxiety!

It was 1998 when I first started having panic attacks.  Back then, I didn’t know what they were. But considering how difficult my life was at the time, they were expected. I recall having a feeling that something was about to go wrong and then the sweating, heart palpitations and shaking would start.  It felt…

Here’s My Diagnosis Story. What’s Yours?

What’s your diagnosis journey? Our patient advocate Lana describes hers. If you were reading a book or watching a movie about a person with a disease, the main character’s chronic illness would have some dramatic beginning: a fall, an accident, a lump, or a call from the doctor about a test result. But in real…

3 Tips for Redefining Normal with Chronic Illness

  What do you do when life hands you a life-altering diagnosis? You redefine everything you know. You have to if you want to improve your physical health and emotional well-being. Along the way to your new normal, you will find out how to make new choices and learn from past ones. Most importantly, you…

The Ups and Downs of Chronic Illness

When you live with chronic illness, some days are just harder to get through than others.  The ups and downs are like a never ending rollercoaster of pain and emotions.  These make living with chronic illness difficult and the lack of understanding amongst family, friends, co-workers and even strangers is a bitter pill to swallow….

7 Ways to Overcome Your Fears About Your Chronic Illness

Learn how to tame your worries about your health with these coping techniques. Most of us worry about our health because we have loved ones to care for, we don’t want to be dependent on anyone, and we don’t want to give up the things we love. But when you have a chronic illness, you…

9 Ways to Laugh and Be Joyful Despite Chronic Illness

Do you know that the best medicine for chronic illness is laughter? A giggle a day can help you to cope and even reduce your pain because it promotes relaxation. Further, laughter releases feel-good endorphins that people living with pain really need. Recent research has found that laughter holds great benefits for people who live…

5 Steps to Embracing an Imperfect Life with Chronic Illness

There is no question that chronic illnesses change lives in ways we wish it didn’t. Choosing to embrace an imperfect life can help you face challenges and lead a happy, meaningful, and fulfilled life. Here are five steps to embracing an imperfect life with chronic illness: 1. Feel your anger and grief Living with chronic…

Taming the Emotional Rollercoaster of Chronic Illness

  Lana Barhum is a legal assistant, patient advocate, freelance writer, blogger, and single parent. She has lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008 and uses her experiences to share expert advice on living successfully with chronic illness. Living with chronic illness is an emotional rollercoaster with a variety of emotions, ranging from disbelief,…