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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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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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