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January 4, 2016
7 Tips to Help You “Keep the Faith”
July 12, 2013
I was in awe as I read the article. How could the author be grateful for chronic illness? Why would he be when his chronic illness nearly killed him? It didn’t make sense to me. I could never show gratitude towards a disease that has done nothing but complicate my life.
January 22, 2016
There is no question that chronic illnesses change lives in ways we wish it didn’t. Choosing to embrace an imperfect life can help you face challenges and lead a happy, meaningful, and fulfilled life.
February 28, 2016
Writing about difficult experiences, such as chronic illness and trauma, can be an effective way to ease emotional pain, stress, and worry. Moreover, the latest research shows that expressing your feelings in words can also speed up healing and ease physical pain.
March 7, 2015
Living with chronic illness deeply impacts people and doesn’t leave any area of life untouched. At times, your life may be turned upside down, and coping may seem difficult.
But life with chronic illness can still be satisfying. The most effective way to manage and reduce the impact of illness is to focus on ways to live well, even while sick.
April 22, 2016
Living with chronic illness and pain is something that isn’t easily understood by people who are not going through the same thing. Moreover, the effects of illness are an emotional and personal daily battle.
May 12, 2016
Nope. I am not. I have no superpowers. No super speed or strength and I sure I can’t fly. I am not superhuman. I am not Superwoman, but yet, I am determined to be her.
June 12, 2016
Finding gratitude despite the unfairness posed by chronic illness.
June 27, 2016
What do you do when life hands you a life-altering diagnosis? You redefine everything you know.
July 11, 2016
Read proven tips to help you fight this common effect of RA and have energy to do the things you care about most.
September 8, 2016
Anger is a natural response to dealing with chronic illness frustrations. But it’s important not to let anger prevent you from living your best possible life. Speaking from experience, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia advocate Lana Barhum shares four healthy ways to manage chronic illness anger.
October 7, 2016
The American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that more than half of Americans live with chronic pain. Furthermore, at least 40% report that pain interferes with their ability to work and enjoy everyday life. So how do you stay productive when pain is a regular part of your routine? Patient advocate Lana Barhum shares five tried-and-true tips.
There was a time when doctors told arthritis patients to rest their joints and avoid exercise. These days, doctors agree unanimously that being active can help patients to minimize pain and increase function. Additionally, mobility, mood and quality of life can be improved through activity for people living with arthritis conditions.
Communication and changing habits are keys to bolstering intimacy.
Tips for Making a Flare Easier
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there are more than 133 million Americans living with at least one chronic illness. The U.S. National Library of Medicine defines a chronic illness is a condition that is long term, limits your activity and may require ongoing care.
There was a time when most doctors believed that exercise would worsen fibromyalgia pain or even fast track the disease. Doctors would advise patients that they needed rest rather than activity. Nowadays, doctors inform fibromyalgia patients that they can benefit from low impact activity and that these exercises are safe and easy.
Take Time Out Daily to Manage Stress
Accepting your circumstances doesn’t mean giving up
June 19, 2013
Chronic illness creates an end to normalcy and there is no going back to the lives we once knew. Consequently, all this change disrupts your work-life balance making it important to find ways to effectively manage your health while meeting the demands of your already busy life.