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This is How I "Beat" Crohn's Disease

 As a Crohn's patient, I know first hand that adversity teaches you to become a stronger person.  ...
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Accepting the Bad Days with Chronic Illness

 Life with chronic illness can be hard, isolating, and brutal at times. This doesn’t mean that our lives are any less fulfilling, just that we have more bumps in the road....
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4 Ways to Enjoy Dating When You Have a Chronic Illness

It's Valentine's Day! A day you're may or may not be dreading. While most of your friends are off to a romantic dinner date, you might stay home and think that this holiday is not for you. A lot of my friends have certainly told me this!  ...
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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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3 Tips to Make Organization One Less Thing to Worry About

My name is Jess, and I am diagnosed with high-functioning anxiety disorder (HFAD). To break down why my specific diagnosis is different from generalized anxiety disorder, those who deal with HFAD on a daily basis are mentally programmed to focus heavily on details, overthink, and overanalyze. These behaviors and ways of thinking are often times thought of as a subconscious masking of our ...
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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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