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Dating With An Ostomy

My name is Liesl (LEE-sel), and I am a 23 year old in central Illinois living with a chronic illness. When I was 17, I got sick with what we all thought was the flu, but after multiple tests and failing medications during a 37-night hospital stay, my illness turned out to be ulcerative colitis. Six weeks after my diagnosis, I decided to have my large intestine completely removed. After nearly 7 ...
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6 Tips for Soaking up the Sun with a PICC Line

As someone hailing from the Ocean State, I was totally devastated this summer when I realized I wouldn’t be able to splash in the waves at Narragansett Beach, where I grew up. Growing up, most of my friends were at summer camp, so my dad would drop me off with two dollars, a cheese sandwich, my boogie board, and said, “see you at 5 o'clock!”...
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Lessons Learned on the Road to Acceptance

My name is Emmy, and I’m an 18 year old battling Systemic Arthritis, along with other autoimmune diseases, Mast Cell Disease, and more. Back in 2014, I went from being a healthy kid, about to start her freshman year at a new high school, to a girl I no longer recognized. The road to finding out the cause of my illness has been long and grueling. Even years later, I still have more questions than ...
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Finding Purpose Through Pain

Founder of Chronically Fit Backpacks, Diana Donnarumma, began creating customized medical backpacks in 2016, inspired by her own personal battle with chronic illness. A recent college graduate, extremely driven to help others, became ill with Dysmotility of the stomach, including the small and large intestines. She considers herself a “girly-girl,” and the standardized medical grade backpacks for ...
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Finding Gratitude Amongst the Madness of Cystic Fibrosis

Living with Cystic Fibrosis comes with a fair share of complications—in and out of the hospital, even growing to call it "my second home" just proves how much time I’ve spent there. It's a difficult road that has never been easy. It's not a "get well soon!" or a "go take a nap and you'll get a burst of energy" type of illness. Cystic Fibrosis has no cure-- just preventive antibiotics and ...
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PICC Line vs. Port: Important Facts to Know Before Making a Decision

Is it time to decide which medical device is right for you? There are a lot of reasons why patients may need to get a peripheral catheter inserted. Sometimes patients are given the option to choose between a PICC line and a Port, but before making your big decision, it's important to know the facts about both medical devices....
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Top Favorite Finds From Oley 2017 Conference

At this year's Oley Conference, the Mighty Well team had the opportunity to connect with potential partners, who share a socially conscious mission to not only improve the patient’s lifestyle, but also to aid caregivers in giving the most supportive care possible-- similar to our mission of showing appreciation for caregivers, and “friends in the fight! ”...
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Health is Wealth

Crystal shares why she won't allow her illness and medical devices to limit her life. She finds strength in suffering and aims to inspire other chronic illness patients to keep fighting too! Read her blog below:...
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