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What It's Like in the Depths of Sickness with Lupus

  • Posted on: 6 February 2018
  • By: jleff
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What is it like to live with lupus? In this post, I’m going to share what it was like to be in the depths of my sickness with lupus. I’ll paint a picture of what it was like to be incredibly, chronically ill.
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What is it like to live with lupus? In this post, I’m going to share what it was like to be in the depths of my sickness with lupus. I’ll paint a picture of what it was like to be incredibly, chronically ill.

Ava Meena is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened

  • Posted on: 9 January 2018
  • By: jleff
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I've learned now that not all health issues present themselves—some are silently lurking inside you and, without regular screening, we may miss them.
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"I've learned now that not all health issues present themselves—some are silently lurking inside you and, without regular screening, we may miss them."

Image [above]: Bella Mi Photography
By Nina Mayo
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What’s a Typical Day Like When You Have a Disability?

  • Posted on: 23 December 2017
  • By: helen
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Out of everything that was asked of me, I found answering this question to be the most important. “Describe what you do in a typical day.” But our days aren’t typical, are they? Here was my reply. 
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Out of everything that was asked of me, I found answering this question to be the most important. “Describe what you do in a typical day.” But our days aren’t typical, are they? Here was my reply. 

Katie Golden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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10 Tips for Friends and Family Supporting Someone With IBD

  • Posted on: 22 December 2017
  • By: helen
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It's my hope that after reading this article, you'll feel more comfortable approaching family members and friends with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and be able to have compassionate and thoughtful conversations.
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It's my hope that after reading this article, you'll feel more comfortable approaching family members and friends with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and be able to have compassionate and thoughtful conversations.

Natalie Hayden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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Tips for Preparing for the Holidays When You're Chronically Ill

  • Posted on: 20 December 2017
  • By: jleff
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After living with my chronic illnesses for 6 years, I figured out a low-fail plan that makes executing all those seasonal tasks less stressful on me and my body.
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After living with my chronic illnesses for 6 years, I figured out a low-fail plan that makes executing all those seasonal tasks less stressful on me and my body.

By JP Summers (guest post)

This post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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Chronic Illness and Motherhood: Why I Didn't Let Crohn's Disease Rob Me of My Future

  • Posted on: 16 November 2017
  • By: helen
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When I was 21, my world turned upside down and I was blindsided with a diagnosis of an incurable chronic illness.
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When I was 21, my world turned upside down and I was blindsided with a diagnosis of an incurable chronic illness. I was told I had Crohn's disease—an autoimmune disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, leading to severe pain and fatigue (just to name a few of the downsides).

Natalie Hayden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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On Reaching Remission of Crohn's Disease: Tragedy and Triumph

  • Posted on: 23 October 2017
  • By: jleff
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Exactly one year ago today, my gastroenterologist pulled the curtain back to find me still in post-colonoscopy position, groggy, yet mostly awake and said the words I have been waiting to hear since 2009: "There are no ulcers. You are in remission."
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Exactly one year ago today, my gastroenterologist pulled the curtain back to find me still in post-colonoscopy position, groggy, yet mostly awake and said the words I have been waiting to hear since 2009: "There are no ulcers. You are in remission."

By Julie Terrana (guest post)
This post is part of the Real Women, Real Stories series.

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Chronic Illness Took Me Out of the Workforce and I'm Fighting to #KeepTheCare

  • Posted on: 20 October 2017
  • By: helen
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When you're healthy, you don't spend much time thinking about what you would do if hit by a chronic illness. At least I didn't. 
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When you're healthy, you don't spend much time thinking about what you would do if hit by a chronic illness. At least I didn't. 

When you're healthy, you don't spend much time thinking about what you would do if hit by a chronic illness. At least I didn't.  

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How Being “Disabled” is a Full-Time Job

  • Posted on: 21 September 2017
  • By: helen
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Being disabled is a full-time job. The amount of time it takes to stay on top of your health and keeping up with paperwork while feeling the worst you ever have in your life is all-consuming.
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Being disabled is a full-time job. The amount of time it takes to stay on top of your health and keeping up with paperwork while feeling the worst you ever have in your life is all-consuming.

Katie Golden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

You may have heard that those on Social Security Disability are “milking the system,” but did you know that being disabled is a full-time job? See what the job entails in the job description below:

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Women's March on Washington: Why I Marched

  • Posted on: 26 January 2017
  • By: jleff
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One woman shares her story about her experience during the Women’s March on Washington.
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One woman shares her story about her experience during the Women’s March on Washington.

I marched—something I've never done in my six decades, and I am so glad I did. I joined the approximately half a million women and men who descended on Washington, DC, last Saturday to stand up for human rights and make their voices heard.

Throughout the wonderful day filled with powerful energy and emotions and kindness, I heard the question asked, "Why are you here?"

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