5 Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic health condition characterized by widespread pain and tenderness throughout the body. In spite of its long history being studied by medical professionals, it took over a century for this condition to be recognized as a physical — and not a mental — illness. Today, doctors are much more willing to diagnose…

The Grey Area of Disabilities & Chronic Pain

When it comes to defining a disability, it’s easy to think about the extremes. Those who have a physical or mental condition that clearly prevents them from doing the daily activities they’d like to engage in, and those who would say that they don’t have these impediments. But, as with everything in life, disabilities come…

The Road to Recovery: What Should You Expect After Surgery?

Planning for surgery can be physically and mentally difficult. While we leave surgery to the trained professionals, the rehabilitation phase that you will experience in the first days following surgery is critical to achieving a successful recovery. Being informed on what to expect will help ease your road to recovery. After surgery, you can expect…

Smoothie Add-Ins to Help with Chronic Inflammation

According to Harvard Health, the foods we eat can play a major role in how we feel. For some, this may be as simple as avoiding refined carbohydrates or sugary drinks to keep their allergy symptoms in check and help them maintain a healthy weight. For those suffering from conditions such as lupus or type…

A Healthy Summer with Your Chronic Illness

Summer is often thought of as a time for fun, play, and adventure. If you’re a parent, the kids are out of school and itching to go exploring. For those in colder climes, summer is when the snow is finally gone for good and it’s time to enjoy the parks and hiking trails. When it…

How to Live Well with a Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness can often feel frustrating and limiting. Though there are many physical, emotional and mental daily struggles that people with long-term conditions may experience, that doesn’t mean they can’t live fulfilling and happy lives. With just a few strategies and tips, you could be smiling a little bit more each day….

Relationships with a Chronic Illness- What I’ve Learned

Being in and maintaining a long lasting and meaningful relationship can be difficult, even for those who don’t have a chronic illness to deal with. I personally avoided getting into a long-term relationship for a long time for a few reasons. I feared the reaction that I would get once I told the person that…

Life through a Lyme Colored Lens: Patrick Plum

My name is Patrick Plum, and I have chronic Lyme disease. You can’t see it on the outside and most people can’t tell unless they look closely. I, however, have not had a moment where I didn’t feel a symptom for over 6 years. Here is my story after 4 years with Lyme Disease: I…

How to Nourish your Soul on Tough Days

Chronic illnesses, like persistent Lyme disease, usually come with a whole host of symptoms, including fatigue, heart problems, and frequent headaches. Unfortunately for some, trying to cope with these can also lead to additional issues — such as depression and anxiety. Whether you have a clinical diagnosis or you’re just feeling particularly down about your…

Spreading Awareness About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a potentially crippling but often misunderstood illness with far-reaching symptoms. Many people are at least passingly familiar with it as a consequence of getting bitten by a tick, but often don’t know what it is, exactly. Do all ticks have the ability to spread Lyme disease? According to the Centers for Disease…