Relationships and Chronic Illness: Can it Still be a Happy Valentine’s Day?

Chronic illness unfortunately affects a large portion of the adult population, with symptoms that range from severe pain from fibromyalgia to the extreme fatigue commonly accompanying Lyme disease. These conditions often drastically decrease the ability to perform daily tasks, function efficiently at work, or engage in beloved pastimes. Any of these obstacles alone can have…

Great Gift Ideas For Those With Chronic Illnesses

Those who suffer from chronic illness have a hard time doing everyday tasks and concentrating when their illness flares up. Their pain can be so intense it is hard for them to function. If you are perplexed with what to buy those in your life who are chronically ill, here are some ideas for you….

How Can You Make the Season Joyful?

No matter how much pain you feel, you want the season to be joyful. This is a time of the year you want to make memories that will last. Having some holiday tasks can be a great way to make this holiday special. Even if you are having a day where your chronic pain is…

Living with Osteoarthritis: Life Changes and the Importance of a Support Group

Most of us have probably heard about arthritis before and know what it’s all about. Although there are numerous types of arthritis, there is one that currently affects approximately 27 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints and is the most chronic disease of the joints. It mainly affects the knee,…

10 Ideas a PH Crew Can Do

This month at Peer Health, we’re celebrating our support systems; our friends and family members who support us through our chronic illnesses. On our good and bad days, your crew is there when no one else seems to be. A simple thank you can mean the world to someone, and our campaign, #MyPHCrew, is the…

Gluten & Dairy Free Rice Krispy Treats

The weather is finally starting to warm up, and flowers are starting to bloom! Come summer, I always start to crave lighter meals and desserts. Chocolate cake will always have a special place in my heart, but there is nothing better than a fluffy rice crispy treat during summer. This recipe is so inexpensive and…

To Feel Alive

Chloe O’Neil is the Founder of More than Lyme. She began More than Lyme to share and keep track of her adventures while being treated for Lyme Disease, but eventually, More Than Lyme became more than just her “online diary,” it became a place to connect, and for the rest of the community battling Lyme,…

My Life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Part 2

Bringing a new perspective to Peer Health, Sabriyah Shahbandy has shared with us her experience with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Her pervious post, My Life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Part 1, gave some background to herself and the condition. Today, she shares what it truly means to live with Ehlers-Danlos. Today, I’m 20 years old and EDS pretty much runs my…

My Life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Part 1

I feel like I’m constantly about to come apart at the hinges. It’s too much for my brain to handle sometimes. Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a collection of connective tissue disorders in which the body’s supply of collagen, a protein that holds tissues together, is defective in some way. It has too much laxity, causing…

A Lyme Disease Storm is a Brewin’

April signifies the start of many things. Spring break comes to a close and classes begin once more, flowers start to bloom as the weather warms up, and ecologists begin documenting the mice population and predicting the Lyme Disease forecast. While searching for a means to halt the Lyme Disease epidemic, two Cary Institute ecologists…