Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism: A Dangerous Duo Guest Post by Ryan Jackson

Think about the most serious and life-threatening diseases you’ve ever heard of. Would it surprise you to know that one that one of the most debilitating illnesses has nothing at all to do with physical health? The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks bipolar disorder (BD) as the 6th leading cause of disability in the world….

Successful Single Parenting With Chronic Illness

Originally posted on Writing Portfolio by Lana:
Being a good parent means taking care of yourself too. These tips can help you do both. It only takes one Google search to realize that not very many people are writing articles or books on single parenting with chronic illness. And when you are looking for answers…

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…

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…

When It Feels Like You Have Done It All

  Learning to stay hopeful as you experience frustration and exhaustion from living with chronic illness.     Living with a chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis or lupus, can be very frustrating. There is no one size fits all solution. Even when patients are following doctor’s orders, they can still struggle to manage their…

9 Valuable Lessons Gained From Chronic Illness

(From August 20, 2014 ) 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 burden. Rather, I view them as a determinant of who I can…

Acknowledging the Monster of Arthritis and Pain

Learn how to accept chronic pain in your life with humor and gratitude. My world has changed considerably since chronic illness. But even though I have had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and fibromyalgia for nearly eight years, there are still times where I view my body as my enemy and I don’t know if I can…

Toxic Relationships and Chronic Illness

Living with chronic illness means minimizing the things in your life that make your symptoms worse.  Sometimes, it might mean eliminating people, especially if they stand in the way your happiness.  Other times, it means recognizing the ways in which you can minimize the effect of toxic people on your health and your life. Generally…