Handling the Changing Seasons with Lyme Disease

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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…

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…

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…

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…