Five Ways I Became an Expert on My Chronic Illness Becoming an expert on your illness can help you cope. Managing chronic illness requires becoming an expert on your health in order maintain normalcy and to deal with challenges as they arise. Further, taking responsibility for your health empowers you to advance your quality of…

My Chronic Illness Journey

A Patient’s Perspective: What I’ve Learned The challenge of living with chronic illness is one that is not apparent to the outside world. Being sick is like being on a roller coaster — one minute you are feeling well and in good spirits, and the next, you feel sick and doubtful. It is an exhausting…

Take Charge of Your Health

Ten years of looking answers and a diagnosis taught me two very important things: (1) how to advocate for myself and (2) how important it is to educate myself. Any time I come across newly diagnosed patients, the advice that I give them is educate themselves and advocate for themselves. This is something that no…

Who Said Your Life Was Over?

A diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia (FM) can alter anyone’s life but imagine being a young parent with career goals. I was a 32 years old with two small children and a career when RA and FM came into my life.  At the time, I thought that my life was over and any…