Celebrating In-Home Heroes during National Family Caregivers Month

For good reason, much of the conversation around chronic illness is focused on the individual who’s suffering. November is National Family Caregivers Month, the perfect opportunity to touch upon difficult topics like caregiver anxiety and burnout — and to celebrate the work that they do. With the rising costs of assisted living and the lack…

Halloween Snacks for Those with High Triglycerides

If your doctor has been warning you about your high triglyceride levels, the impending holiday season might start to seem like a minefield of candy bowls and potluck mystery dishes. According to the Mayo Clinic, triglyceride levels are a good indicator of overall heart health. This type of fat can be found in your blood (which…

October Halloween Treats (for those with Type 2 Diabetes)

If you’ve been living with type 2 diabetes for any length of time, you’ve likely been told to watch your sugar intake. Even outside of any research into the relationship between added sugars and long-term health conditions, Americans regularly go over the recommended 36 grams for men and 25 grams for women according to World…

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…

A Pet Could be Healthy for your Support System. Who’s in your #PHCrew?

When we’re little kids yearning for a puppy, we’re often asked if the joy we get from companionship is worth the responsibilities associated with caring for an animal. As we grow into adulthood, this balance continues to hold true and evolve for different circumstances in life. It can be easy to assume that for a…

Tips on Understanding Lyme Disease Patients

“Knowledge is power”                         -Sir Francis Bacon This quote is important when trying to understand what a family member or friend is experiencing when suffering from chronic Lyme disease. To understand their condition, you need to be aware that chronic Lyme disease is hard…

New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy 2018

It is often said that failure to plan is a plan to fail. None of us want that for 2018. Why not make some realistic New Year’s Resolutions? The year 2017 might have been one of your worst with chronic pain so let’s explore how you can improve 2018. Take time to Meditate. This new…

Q&A: Patient Advocate, Kim – Living with Fibromyalgia

We had the lovely opportunity to interview Kim, a wife and mother of two who has lived with fibromyalgia for the past 18 years. Kim was previously seeking a healthcare community where she could connect with others like yourself and came upon Peer Health where she has been able to enjoy the benefits of a…

Creating a Support Network Do’s

Whether you live with family or live on your own having a support network is one of the key ingredients to living with a long-term or chronic illness. There are different types of support that can make up your support network and each type is just as important. There is practical support, which helps you…

Top 5 Halloween Movies for Chronic Illness Sufferers

When suffering from a chronic illness, you may search for ways to momentarily forget the pain you experience. A scary movie can be a great way to concentrate on that character with the hockey mask or the boogeyman who comes out in dreams instead of the pain you face daily. A mind adventure with a…