Chronic Illness

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


  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.


    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 ?


    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


  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.


    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


    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


    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 […]

The Importance Of Having A Partner Who Understands Your invisible Illness


    By Hattie Gledwell in The Metro.   One of the most important aspects of being in a relationship when you have an invisible, chronic illness is that your partner is supportive.  There are a number of reasons for this, but it all mainly comes down to the fact that if your partner doesn’t understand what […]

5 Tough Choices You Face When You’re Chronically Ill Or In Pain


  By Toni Bernhard in The Mighty.   Having chronic pain or illness — or, as is often the case, both — is hard work. One reason for this is that we must constantly assess and evaluate if we’re managing our health and our relationships skillfully. This requires us to make tough choice after tough choice. Here are five […]

My Chronic Illness Doesn’t Have To Be The ‘Elephant In The Room’


    By Allison DeVincent in The Mighty.   Some people don’t believe I really have anything wrong with me besides the name of my diagnosis, and I kind of get it. I know I don’t look very sick most of the time. That’s because I don’t like people seeing me when I am sick. People with chronic […]

What You Should Know About My Illness If You Wish You Had My ‘Leisure Time’

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  By Sharilynn Battaglia in The Mighty.   Today I was watching “Dr Phil.” It was an old episode about a study showing how stay-at-home moms have more leisure time than they think. Granted, some of the definitions given for “leisure” were quite unusual (getting a root canal if alone?), but the basic theme of […]

To Anyone Feeling Overwhelmed By Contradicting Advice On How To Deal With Illness


    By Jaydon Yeomans in The Mighty.   When you’re dealing with invisible chronic illness, you may look for anything to help your illness seem tangible. Read every article and story, try to find someone or something to relate to. The internet is full of opinions screaming to be heard, and they all contradict […]

Celebrating Independence Day When You Have A Chronic Illness


    By April GP in The Mighty.   Believe! Believe that the best part of you was not in your yesterday. It was not before chronic illness. I hear all too often, “I just want my old life back.” Well, I’m going to spin this for you as those of us who live on my side of the pond approach the Fourth of […]

The Judgement People With Chronic Illness Face After Posting On Social Media

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  By Yvonne Evans in The Mighty.   How many of you out there have had people accuse you of faking your illness based on things you post on social media? It really can be a lose/lose situation for those of us with disabilities. If you post yourself getting out and having fun, you’re not […]

15 Secrets Of People Who Can’t Work Because Of An Illness


    By Paige Wyant in The Mighty.   If you have a chronic illness, you may know what it feels like to be a “full-time patient.” Between the physical and emotional symptoms, constant doctor appointments and numerous tests and procedures (not to mention keeping track of it all), being chronically sick can become a full-time job […]

With Chronic Illness, I Will Always Pay Tomorrow For What I Do Today


  By Trena Seymour in The Mighty.     Nothing is free. How many times have we all heard that one? At 41 years old, I certainly stopped counting long ago. The thing is, I’ve always been OK with things not being free. I have always appreciated hard work and the deeply rewarding feeling of earning […]

When People At Work Avoid You Because Of Your Illness

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    By Lorene Masters in The Mighty.   You want to say that you just imagined it, that the room did not suddenly become quiet when you walked in. But you know that you didn’t imagine it because this has happened before. You were out sick last week, like half of your office coworkers, […]

15 Truths About Your Chronically Ill Friend Who Just Texted ‘I Can’t Go’

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    From The Mighty.   It’s a text most people with chronic health challenges have sent at some point — the text that says “I’m sorry, I can’t go” when they’re invited to hang out with friends. Maybe you had a sudden flare-up of symptoms, or aren’t feeling as well as you thought you would […]

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