You might know supermom. You might even be her. I am—well, I was Supermom until chronic illness forced me to take off my invisible cape. My secret Once upon a time, I had a secret that few people knew. Behind my perfect façade, I was sick and exhausted. I was losing sleep, setting highly ambitious… Read More Taking Off the Super-Parent Cape
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… Read More 7 Signs It Was Time to Find a New Doctor
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… Read More 5 Tips for Being Productive with Chronic Pain
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… Read More 4 Healthy Ways to Manage Chronic Illness Anger
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… Read More Oh, the Anxiety!
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… Read More Here’s My Diagnosis Story. What’s Yours?
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… Read More 3 Tips for Redefining Normal with Chronic Illness