Chronic Illness

The Struggle You Don’t Realize When You See Me Out And About

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    By Lindsay Karp in The Mighty.   There is a lot you don’t realize when you see me out and about. You may think I’m fine when you see me at the playground pushing my son on the swing. You may think this is an ordinary day for me when you see me […]

How To Treat A Person With Chronic Illness – A Step-By-Step Guide

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  By Jaime from her ‘I Told You I Was Sick’ Blog.   If you have a friend with chronic illness but don’t know how to talk to them, it’s OK. You’re not alone. When you’re healthy, trying to get inside the mind of a person who is always in pain can be confusing. In […]

Losing A Beloved Career To A Chronic Illness: Caroline’s ME/CFS Story

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  By Caroline Christian in Health Rising.   After 11 years of marinating in chronic illness, my ability to work has all but evaporated and I have entered the world of full time disability for the first time in my life. This time of year would normally mark a return to university life after the summer break. […]

Why ‘Healthy Coping’ Is Better for Our Health Than Positive Thinking

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    By Mary Mattio in The Mighty.   “Keep thinking positively!” “Keep your chin up!” “Stay strong!” These are some of the most common cliché responses we hear from people in society on a regular basis. They aren’t incorrect responses, and are often made with the best of intentions. However, when the people telling […]

How To Come To Terms With The Limitations Of Your Illness

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  By Anne Marie Morgan in The Mighty.   To say that there is a stigma in our society surrounding the word “can’t” might be the understatement of this century. Popular slogans tell us to “Just Do It,” and to, “Sleep when you’re dead.” Modern lifestyles push us to take on more and more, and […]

To Those Who Give Me Dirty Looks For Using A Disability Parking Space

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  By Brittney Lindstrom in The Mighty.   I don’t know why, but whenever some people see me get out of the car in a disability parking spot, I get some dirty looks. But why? Do you not believe I have a condition that warrants the use of a disability sticker? What is your issue with it? Do you […]

17 Things People With Chronic Illness Mean When They Say ‘I’m Tired’

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By Erin Migdol in The Mighty.   Everyone has said “I’m tired” at one point or another. But those deceptively simple words can have so many meanings. Without knowing the extent of the exhaustion someone with chronic illness is feeling when they say they’re tired, people may think your “tiredness” can be cured by a nap or early night, like theirs, not understanding […]

Could This Documentary Change The Way We Perceive Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

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    By Guy Kelly in The Telegraph.   It has been more than 60 years since a bewildering epidemic swept through the Royal Free Hospital in north London, rendering almost 300 members of staff incapacitated and forcing the place to close for three months. At the time, in 1955, the mysterious, polio-like outbreak (called […]

What To Remember On Days Your Illness Makes You Feel Like Giving Up

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  By Sarah Waisler in The Mighty.   Dear You, You are absolutely right. This does suck, it’s not fair, you do deserve better. This is not what you had planned and you would have done more if you had been given the chance. But you weren’t given that chance and my heart breaks for you. I […]

For Patients With CFS, Going To The Bathroom Is Similar To Running A Marathon.

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    By: Ellen de Visser.   Patient and doctor Mark Vink about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Having so little energy that you can only leave your bed twice a day: that’s what CFS can be like. Researchers suggest it’s a mental disease. Nonsense, says doctor and CFS-patient Mark Vink. Mark Vink’s whole world consists of […]

Leaky Gut: What Is It, And What Does It Mean For You ?

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    By Marcelo Campos, MD  in Harvard Health Publishing.   Before the medical community had better understanding of the mechanisms that cause disease, doctors believed certain ailments could originate from imbalances in the stomach. This was called hypochondriasis. (In Ancient Greek, hypochondrium refers to the upper part of the abdomen, the region between the breastbone and the navel.) […]

12 Ways Teachers Can Help Their Chronically Ill Students Be Successful

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  By Katrina Pears in The Mighty.   Life has changed a lot for me over the years of having this illness. I once was top of the class. I worked hard, with lots of extra study, and got the grades I wanted. Being diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome meant my hours of activity every […]

I Live With Disabling Illness And Chronic Fatigue. It Has Taught Me To Ask For Help.

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    By Litsa Dremousis in The Washington Post. Remember the last time your WiFi went out? How you felt alone in an empty world? You tried to restart it yourself, to no avail. Then you called tech support, which was as helpful as pouring glue down a clogged drain. You were baffled that no one […]

New Research Sheds Light On The Mystery Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By  Megan Ray Nichols in Interesting Engineering.   A recent discovery may help doctors figure out a new way to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, a medical condition that affects up to 2.5 million people in the United States every year.   Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a medical condition that affects up to 2.5 million people in […]

How Chronic Illness Can Drastically Affect Your Self-Esteem

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    By Megan Klenke in The Mighty.   I think one of the most difficult parts of being chronically ill has been the effect it’s had on my self-esteem. That probably sounds very strange, given that chronic illness comes with a whole slew of physical, mental and emotional challenges that might seem to take precedence over something that […]

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