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4 Tips on Improving Your Academics With Chronic Illness

Keeping your grades up is a task that stresses college students out all over the world. It is especially difficult when dealing with an illness on top of all of your exams and assignments. Victoria spoke with us and shared some great tips on how to make school a little bit managable despite any illness you may have....
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The Truth About Living with an Invisible Illness

Oftentimes, we are taught from a young age that when we feel sick or injured, we need to be able to point out exactly where there is pain, to show where we need help. We are trained that injuries need to be seen for treatment. For those suffering from invisible injuries and illnesses, that is a luxury of understanding and immediate empathy not received. I learned this firsthand many years ago ...
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Lyme Lyfe as a College Student

College is supposed to be this period of transition from school to the working life - a step closer to self-reliance. There are so many expectations, hopes, and fears attached to this experience. However, when Lyme comes barging into your life at this particular point, it is very easy for all of these hopes and expectations to change dramatically. I've met a lot of college students that are ...
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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 Facts about Lyme that your Friends and Family may not know (Until Now)

Sara F has had Lyme for about ten years now, but didn’t have a confirmed diagnosis until the beginning of December 2016! Can you believe it? Unfortunately, many individuals go through this situation. For those who may not know, Lyme disease is one that is living under the radar--there are so many patients out there who have it, but are not correctly diagnosed until much later on....
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Your Mind Is a Powerful Tool: 6 Lessons for the Chronically Ill

 Having a chronic illness comes with a lot of information one often wishes to have known since the beginning of a medical diagnosis. “Toni Morrison said, ‘The function of freedom is to free someone else,’ and if you are no longer wracked or in bondage to a person or a way of life, tell your story. Risk freeing someone else. Not everyone will be glad that you did. Members of your family and other ...
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5 Ways to Stop Being Frustrated by Your Limitations

Hi, hello there! Have you ever watched the movie “Kill Bill 2”? Do you remember the scene in which Beatrix Kiddo desperately tries to wiggle her toes? Well, that is kind of what I go through… EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING!! As I mentioned in my last post, I have a chronic illness in my peripheral nerve system and it has affected my muscles too. Physically speaking, I do have some limitations; I can’t ...
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The Art of Storytelling in Chronic Illness

Dana was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome at the age of 18. She was a young, artistic, field hockey player that was just hit with a hard diagnosis. She attended a talk with a cancer survivor when her family member connected her with Dr. Angela Cooke-Jackson. Dr. A thought it would be helpful and fulfilling if Dana shared the story of her treatment. Dr. A worked at Emerson College and knew ...
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