I Won’t Apologize for Needing a Special Diet Due to My Health Conditions

Jennifer Dolan  •  I Won’t Apologize for Needing a Special Diet Due to My Health Conditions Kidney Disease We’re a community that supports each other by sharing our experiences. 1.1K peopleBe first6 Six months ago I changed to a vegan diet for health reasons. The diet has been successful in improving my overall health in…

This Comic Nails the Difference Between Chronic Fatigue and Just Being ‘Tired’

Laura Chamberlain  This Comic Nails the Difference Between Chronic Fatigue and Just Being ‘Tired’ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis 8 In honor of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome awareness day on May 12, I thought I’d make a comic. When I decided to do this I didn’t quite realize just how long it would take and how…

To the Boyfriend Whose Girlfriend Has a Chronic Illness

Essence  To the Boyfriend Whose Girlfriend Has a Chronic Illness Chronic Illness Our community talks about chronic illness with compassion and without judgment. 2 Dear Boyfriend, Thank you for understanding on the days I can’t get out of bed. And thank you for doing the dishes when I do not have the energy to stand….

New Research Has the Potential to Create a Reliable Fibromyalgia Blood Test

Renee Fabian  • New Research Has the Potential to Create a Reliable Fibromyalgia Blood Test Fibromyalgia Share your experience with fibromyalgia and connect with people who support you. 1 New research from Ohio State University’s College of Medicine has potentially found a new way to detect fibromyalgia with a blood test. While they are optimistic, the study’s…

When Doctors ‘See’ My Weight Before They ‘See’ Me

Rae Bennison  When Doctors ‘See’ My Weight Before They ‘See’ Me Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension We’re a community that supports each other by sharing our experiences. 3 Anyone with a long-term illness or disability knows how tiring life can be. It’s tough when people and doctors don’t understand. Everyday tasks take double the time they normally would. Taking…

The 9 Most Frustrating Parts of Being Chronically Ill

Toni Bernhard  • The 9 Most Frustrating Parts of Being Chronically Ill Chronic Illness Our community talks about chronic illness with compassion and without judgment. 2 Healthy or not, everybody has his or her share of frustrations in life. The chronically ill don’t have a corner on that market! This piece focuses on frustrations that are…

What Sleeping Is Like When You Have a Chronic Health Condition

E. Prybylski  What Sleeping Is Like When You Have a Chronic Health Condition Chronic Illness Our community talks about chronic illness with compassion and without judgment. What Sleeping Is Like When You Have a Chronic Health Condition For people battling chronic disease, sleep is a complicated thing. On one hand, we often don’t get much…

20 Memes You Might Enjoy If You Take a Lot of Medication

Paige Wyant  •  20 Memes You Might Enjoy If You Take a Lot of Medication Chronic Illness Our community talks about chronic illness with compassion and without judgment. 26K people EDITOR’S NOTE Please see a doctor before starting or stopping a medication. When you live with a chronic illness, mental illness or disability, it’s possible you’ll need…

26 People With Fibromyalgia Give Advice to Those Newly Diagnosed

26 People With Fibromyalgia Give Advice to Those Newly Diagnosed Fibromyalgia Share your experience with fibromyalgia and connect with people who support you. 174K people182.5K Fibromyalgia may affect an estimated 10 million people in the United States, but because of its complicated and varying symptoms, many doctors don’t even understand what it’s like. Can you imagine…