Chronic Illness, Loss, & Forming New Holiday Traditions

One of the hardest aspects of chronic illness is saying goodbye to hobbies and interests.  Some of us have even

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Who Am I? The Chronically Ill Person’s Identity Crisis

Three years ago, I became a contributor to a mental health website.  They asked me to submit a brief bio,

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5 Things I Learned In The Dark

This week, I was diagnosed with allergic conjunctivitis, which has exacerbated my eyes’ sensitivity to light.   I have spent many

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Chronic Illness: On the Outside Looking In

Sometimes chronic illness leaves patients on the outside looking in. When I was younger, I sometimes had to leave social

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Stronger Together: 2 Lessons on Community from Chemo & The Twilight Zone

Being sick can be lonely. On top of pain, fatigue, and the mental toll, people can multiply our stress. I

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