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Health is Wealth

Crystal shares why she won't allow her illness and medical devices to limit her life. She finds strength in suffering and aims to inspire other chronic illness patients to keep fighting too! Read her blog below:...
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5 Ways My Illnesses Have Made Me Stronger

My name is Emily Pierri. I am 17 years old, and I have been chronically ill for 8 years. My diagnoses are Type One Diabetes, Endometriosis, ARD (Adhesion Related Disorder), POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), Gastroparesis and MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome). One of the hardest things about living with multiple chronic illnesses is the constant internal battle to stay strong ...
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How My Business Helped My (and others') Lyme Disease

The journey nearly killed me before the disease could; daily I searched for purpose and happiness in the oddest of places. I was feeling more at home than ever in a hospital room, in Madison, Wisconsin, than at home in my bed, it seemed safe, I didn’t feel so alone. It began with a tick bite in Northern Wisconsin, July 3rd, 2010....
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My Search for a Diagnosis - and for the Support of the Doctors

Over the course of the last five months, as a mere teenager, I've been diagnosed with a number of new chronic illnesses: Dysautonomia (POTS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Gastroparesis....
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My Illness may have my body, but it does not have me

"Chronic illness is one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to go through in my life. It often feels nearly impossible to wake up every morning and continue the fight. There have been so many times throughout my journey where I didn't want to fight anymore, wanted to give into my illness-- let my body win."...
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Once upon a Lyme ... Disease!

My story, thankfully, is not as tragic and debilitating as some who have unfortunately found themselves with the diagnosis of “Chronic Lyme Disease.” I lived in CT my whole life and was very familiar with Lyme. Everyone knew someone who had it! No biggie - just take Doxycycline, right? Well anyone who was diagnosed years too late or didn’t receive proper treatment knows all too well this is not ...
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An Open Letter to The Doctor Who Ignored My Illness

  Dear Doctor,  I do not want you to feel singled out by this letter. I am actually hoping you learn something from it and one less person will have to go through the torture I went through just to receive a diagnosis. You were only one of seven doctors who told me I did not have Lyme Disease, even when I said I thought I did. I don’t think you’re completely at fault because it is clear that the ...
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Living With Turner's Syndrome

 Having two very short parents my short stature wasn’t exactly a surprise. I was born at 17” long (a size now mandated by law to require additional testing) and grew up just tall enough to fly under the radar. It wasn’t until I was about six years old when my parents noticed that while my peers were growing leaps and bounds (growth spurts are very common at this age) I didn’t seem to be growing ...
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