9 Valuable Lessons Gained From Chronic Illness

Our advocate Lana shares nine valuable lessons that have shaped her life over the last six years. Going into my sixth year living with a chronic illness, I consider myself experienced in meeting the challenges imposed by chronic illness. The term “chronic illness” doesn’t bother me and I no longer see my illnesses as a…

5 Ways I Used Chronic Illness to Better My Life

Living with chronic illness and finding ways to make your life better requires an approach that is both realistic and positive. “Wait,” you might think, “How does one use chronic illness to better their life?” It is possible. My Coping Strategies Here are the five ways I have used chronic illness to improve my own…

Living with Chronic Illness Changes To Your Life

Living with chronic illness is overwhelming and it brings with it a whole range of emotions from shock to anger to sadness to grief. Chronic illness can feel like a life sentence because it impacts our lives forever.  The good news, however, is that, while most chronic illnesses do not have cures, they usually can…

Having Hope and Keeping it Alive

I know it can be hard to have hope when you have spent years seeking answers and trying to find treatment options that allow you to live a normal life and even then, your life is not normal. It look me over ten years to get a diagnosis for what was wreaking havoc inside my…

How does chronic illness define you?

  The first piece of advice you can from people when you are newly diagnosed is to not let the disease define you. While there is good intention behind that, chronic illness is going to define because it changes you and your very way of living. You have to find ways to live with chronic…

Developing a Positive Attitude

You have heard the saying, “attitude is everything.” When you suffer from chronic pain, your attitude plays a big part in how you feel and so it is important to develop a positive attitude in order to cope effectively. Like many of you, chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia is a daily part of…

Having a Social Life Despite Chronic Illness

I know that this is an area that a lot of us do not like to discuss. How is maintaining a social life even possible when you are always sick and in pain? Your healthy friends may try to understand and support you, but they still have a social life and that is nearly impossible…

The Value of Appreciation

Having had my life changed by RA and fibromyalgia in my early 30s, I have the learned all too well the value of appreciation. What I have learned is appreciation helps us to live better lives and when chronic pain is a part of your life; a better life is on the top of your…