Handling the Changing Seasons with Lyme Disease

Peer Health can connect you with a personalized peer community to share provider recommendations, treatment options, and define your best life. Sign up for our beta and newsletter today. The change in seasons can affect a person’s mood. To go from warm and sunny weather to cold and gray is a shock to the system….

Being Consistent and Kind To Yourself With a Chronic Illness

Peer Health can connect you with a personalized peer community to share provider recommendations, treatment options, and define your best life. Sign up for our beta and newsletter today. A chronic illness is just that. Chronic. When a person is first diagnosed it can be difficult to grasp the concept of “life-long,” even when they…

Ways People with Chronic Illnesses Can Decline Unsolicited Advice

Peer Health can connect you with a personalized peer community to share provider recommendations, treatment options, and define your best life. Sign up for our beta and newsletter today. If you’ve lived openly with a chronic illness for any length of time, you probably have enough unsolicited advice to fill three garbage bags. Invisible illnesses,…

How to Tell your New Partner about your Chronic Illness

Peer Health can connect you with a personalized peer community to share provider recommendations, treatment options, and define your best life. Sign up for our beta and newsletter today. Dating seems to be portrayed as navigating a minefield of expectations and disappointments these days. Everyone seems to be looking for rules about when to talk…

How to Talk to Coworkers about your Chronic Illness

Peer Health can connect you with a personalized peer community to share provider recommendations, treatment options, and define your best life. Sign up for our beta and newsletter today. People who live with a chronic illness often fear discovery where they work. Though disability is, in general, a protected status at your place of employment, it can…

Favorite Halloween Movies to watch when you’re dealing with a Flare-Up

If you’re struggling with a flare-up from a chronic health condition this Halloween, chances are good that you’ll be opting out of the pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Having to sit on the sidelines during the holidays can be especially frustrating, but the good news is that there’s still a time-honored tradition that you can…

Keeping Anxiety at Bay during Halloween

Plenty of research has shown us how common anxiety and depression are for those who suffer from chronic illnesses. Add on to that the fact that anxiety disorders themselves can be crippling long-term. While many people with conditions like Lyme disease and type 2 diabetes are afraid of being left out of the holiday season,…

Emotional Impact of Chronic Illnesses

We often think of going to the doctor as a way to solve our problems. We describe our symptoms, we get a test, we take a pill, we get better. For those struggling with chronic illness, a visit to the doctor is the start of a long-term relationship — one with many ups and downs…

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…