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…

#LymeDiseaseChallenge

Though the Lyme Disease Challenge may seem like a funny take on this condition, it’s certainly no joke. According to the CDC, there are nearly 35,000 new cases of Lyme disease every year, and the most common patient is between 5 and 9 years old. The symptoms can range from a persistent rash in the…

Tips to Keep Pain Levels Low

There are plenty of scientific articles and studies out there on the most effective ways to help people with chronic illnesses manage their pain levels. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to figure out how to actually apply that advice in the real world. Guided Meditation Not to sound all woo-woo, but this one can…

5 Best Walking Songs for People with Osteoarthritis

We’ve all heard the advice before from our doctor: get some exercise if you want to feel better. Most frustrating of all for people with osteoarthritis is that the one thing that may be best for our health is also the habit that’s hardest to pick up. That joint pain can be so hard to…

How Apps and Even Alexa Can Help People with Chronic Illnesses

In this age of information and technology, it would be hard to overlook the amazing utility of apps in helping to improve the lives of people with chronic illnesses. After all, what are apps for if not to identify and fill the needs of their users? As with any subset of the tech-using population, people…

Spring Cleaning with a Chronic Illness

Whether you have a big family to help or are flying solo, Spring cleaning presents a number of hurdles for people with chronic illnesses. Depending on your specific conditions, symptoms, and types of flare-ups, these Marie Kondo style sessions can be adjusted, augmented and otherwise adapted to fit your needs. The important thing is to…

The Importance of Adding Fiber into your Diet for Osteoarthritis

People with osteoarthritis want the same things from life as those without — to play with their grandchildren, take a stroll through the park with their partner, or even walk the streets of Paris for the first time. There are a few medications that doctors can prescribe to manage joint pain and stiffness, but people…