Living Mighty Well

Tips For Living The Port Life

 Hey, there! My name is Aubrey Winkle and I am a senior at UT in Austin. I have Lyme Disease and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and as a result, have a Port for my treatments. I do 4 hours of IV infusions every day through my Port. I have had my port for about 8 months now and it has become such a part of my life I barely even notice it anymore. I know it may seem like a big ...
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Weakness Is Not Quitting

Waking up with a chronic illness every day is the usual set of problems, the symptoms may change but the limitations are fairly consistent. The beginning and end of the day are hardest for me. When I wake up, I know I have another day of the same fight, the same disease, and when I go to bed I review a day in my head that wasn’t what I wanted it to be. This cycle of monotony is enough to tear ...
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Four Tips For Maintaining Resilience When Battling a Chronic Illness

Emma Widmar is a 17-year-old student who was diagnosed with Mast Cell Disease and POTS in 2016. From symptoms such as swelling due to an allergic reaction to her own hormones to being unable to digest food by mouth, this girl has seen it all! Luckily she was able to have a feeding tube placed and she is moving in the positive direction. However, things haven’t always been easy for Emma....
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A Different Form of Normal

Hey Everyone, I was born with Short Bowel Syndrome. I am one of those awkwardly blessed human beings that has had the opportunity to grow up with my illness. Oddly enough, I don't consider myself to have a disability. In fact, I don't consider myself to be disabled. In my eyes, I'm normal. I'm ready to face anything that comes my way just like any other "normal human being"....
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5 Reasons to Be Grateful For Your Chronic Illness

Chronic illness is definitely tough most days... However, it can also make you very grateful for what you do have. Since we have to live with it either way, we might as well make the best of it! Personally, having Lyme Disease and living with a PICC line has given me these 5 reasons to be grateful for my chronic illness. ...
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Why I Am An Open Book About My Chronic Illness

Even before I found that I had Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease and Co-Infections, I always felt alone. I knew something was medically wrong with me, but no doctor could figure it out. Going through high school feeling like something was “extra” wrong with me was just like a brick being dropped on my already pounding head....
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8 Simple Ways To Eat Healthy On a Budget

Chronic illnesses are difficult to manage, because once there, you will have to live with it forever. To ease out your burden, modifying your food intake is key, so it’s important that you look at the choices you need to make when filling out your plate.    Do not believe others when they say that switching to a healthy diet is costly. That is not true because if you think about it, doing the ...
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