Chronic illness is any condition that lasts for a year or longer. Examples of chronic illnesses that are familiar to many of us include things such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, autoimmune disorders, and multiple sclerosis. PBS.org states that more than 125 million Americans have at least one chronic illness and estimates that by the year 2020, 157 million Americans will have a chronic illness…
How domestic violence can lead to chronic illness
A recent study shows that women who have been in abusive situations are at risk of lingering physical ailments.
How to travel with a chronic illness
After my Lessons your children learn or miss on vacation post, I was asked how I can travel with a chronic illness. Not easily, is my answer. As always, I prepare…. I saw 3 doctors the week before…
100 Ways to Show Up for People with a Chronic Illness — VICE
How to travel with a chronic illness (MyMigraineLife)
After my Lessons your children learn or miss on vacation post, I was asked how I can travel with a chronic illness. Not easily, is my answer. As always, I prepare…. I saw 3 doctors the week before I l
How I Learned to Date With a Chronic Illness
It's hard to be available when your body can betray you at any time.
Chronic Illness and Pain: Discerning Who to Tell What
As we journey through our lives with chronic pain and illness, we undoubtedly will come across people who ask us “How are you?” Some are truly caring and want to be empathetic and/or reach out with help. Others are being …
This Is What Living With Chronic Illness Looks Like
Luna Coppola is a 32-year-old photojournalist who has been perpetually ill for the last decade...
Invisible Illness or Chronic Illness? What's the Difference?
Why do we say we have an "invisible illness"? Is is because we feel invisible to people Years ago the term "invisible illness" was rarely used. Before social media the opportunity to talk about your disease was relegated to a local support group and perhaps a caring friend or two. Illness was something you spoke to your doctor about... and that was all. I became an online illness advocate when I built my first website for those with chronic illness in 1996. As…
How I Ran a 5K with Chronic Illness
I never expected to run a 5K race today. In fact, I never expected to run again in my life, period. Having battled chronic illness for 17 years and suffered a serious leg injury 10 years ago, running wasn't even on my radar. Just walking has been difficult for me at times. So you can understand how unimaginable it was for me to believe that I could ever be fit enough to run 3.11 miles. But I am and I did.
What it’s like to be married to someone with two chronic illnesses
My husband has Type-1 Diabetes. Not the old person kind, the kind you’re born with. He also has seizures. And not just seizures caused by…
This Is What Chronic Illness Really Looks Like
"We don't always think of disease as something that affects identity."
This Mobile Game Is Designed To Help People With Chronic Illness — Here’s How It Works — Bustle
Chronic illness can be rough, isolating, and difficult to process; a study in 2015 found that having a chronic illness "significantly" raised your likelihood of increasing loneliness over time. Chronic pain can restrict movements and social…
18 Tips For Traveling If You Have A Chronic Illness, From People Who Do It Regularly — Bustle
Going on vacation, or even getting out of town on business, can be a necessary break from everyday life. But traveling to and from a destination and dealing with unexpected changes can be stressful. Flight delays, missed connections, lost luggage,…
What Chronic Illness Has Taught Me About Love
Why Living with Chronic Illness in a Capitalist Society is Dehumanizing
I’m not sure when the government will look at its disabled citizens and see us as people that deserve the same quality of life as everyone else. By Jazmine Joyner I have been disabled for nine years, and I have been unable to work a 9 to 5 job for four years. Like millions of …
Why We Need to Bring Our Chronic Illnesses Into Conversation
"Take a moment to consider the power your story can have in a conversation."
Suffering from a chronic illness? What to look for in a health insurance plan
Shopping for health insurance is complicated when you have a chronic condition, but choosing the right plan is important.
I Have a Job and a Chronic Illness: 8 Tips on Managing Both
Even though you can do it all doesn't mean you should feel like you have to.
What to Do If You Have a Chronic Illness and Your Family Thinks You're Lazy
If you've had this problem, this advice is for you.