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No More Pricks, Now I've Got My PICC

PICC LINES--A BLESSING AND A CURSE. I've had a PICC line for a little over a year now, as my veins were not coping with all the frequent infusions. My first PICC line clotted after 9 months, so I'm on my second now. As annoying as it can be to have a tube hanging from your arm, you should always remember the good it's done for you and how it is helping you now!...
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Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Hey, there! My name is Sarah Tsacogianis, and I’m from a suburb just outside of Boston, MA. I am 23 years old and have been diagnosed with chronic illness for 5 years now.   It all began at age 18, when I found myself in and out of doctor’s offices, constantly being told “it’s all in your head,” or “maybe if you lose weight, you’ll feel better.”  That’s when I realized I needed to take matters ...
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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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