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I’m Suffering from PTSD But No One Knows Because of My "Perfect" Instagram Photos

“A picture paints a thousand words.” But pictures don’t necessarily tell the truth. Actually, it can do the exact opposite. It can tell you a complete lie. If you look through my previous Instagram pictures, it would be impossible for you to tell which days I was struggling, which days I felt alone, which days I contemplated suicide. The pictures I would post told a thousand different lies, all ...
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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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Looking Forward When You Fall Back

Most of the friends that I have talked with about my Osteomyelitis have been very supportive, but they still don’t fully ‘get it.’ So far, I’ve had two surgeries in the past two months (both emergencies) to stop the spread of the infection in my bones. The first surgery led to the amputation of my pinky toe on my left foot and the second surgery led to an additional inch of bone and flesh being ...
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How I Found A Few Extra Spoons In A Haystack Of Spirochetes

Recently, I was asked to describe how Lyme Disease has changed my life. Originally, the words that I used to try to answer this question reeked of pain. Truthfully, yes, this disease has broken me in ways I never thought possible. But I can’t go there. Going there would only be a setback. If you are this sick, the slightest bit of negative energy can really mess with your healing process. When I ...
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I Lost My "Creative"

When I was diagnosed with chronic neurological Lyme last may, I lost a part of my identity-- my creative drive that truly makes me who I am. Neurological disorders, since they are in your brain and nervous system, can affect the most cherished parts of ourselves. This poem is a realization that I could never truly lose myself to illness, even though at times I may feel like I've lost my ...
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Beautiful Disguise

Those of us with chronic mental or physical illness are constantly living in a world of pretend, well at least to the extent that we not only hide our pain from others but also hide the pain from ourselves. I’ve been struggling with Lyme disease and multiple co-infections since age 10 and finally received a diagnosis of neurological Lyme Disease last summer at age 20, the same diagnosis as my ...
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Finding The Good In Bad With Illness

As most people know, it can often be difficult to look on the bright side and stay positive. This is especially true when battling an illness. Luckily, there are people out there that help inspire others every day to keep pushing. Our new friend, Maddie, was kind enough to share her story with us on how she remains positive despite her battle....
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