Showing posts from June, 2017

The Benefits of Writing with Chronic Illness

Writing helps me in it many different ways. When I'm writing regularly, my dreams are a little less weird. It also helps me organize my thoughts, work out how I feel about things when I'm confused, and it helps me cope with my chronic illnesses. And I'm not the only one — research shows that expressive writing is very beneficial for people with chronic illness and chronic pain. I share more about this on my new post for Mango Health:

"I started journaling in my teens. My juvenile arthritis had exploded around that time, and I spent a lot of time in hospitals. I was lonely, raw with homesickness, and overwhelmed by everything about a very active state of inflammatory arthritis. So I started writing, and I never really stopped.

Once I was out of the hospital and back among my peers, I was still feeling fairly lonely, with an extra dollop of teenage angst like a nuclear cherry on top. Writing in my journal helped me express how I felt, and in doing so, also process …

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10 Characteristics of a Great Healthcare Team

There are a lot of medical professionals involved in treating a chronic illness then it's important that they work as a team.  But what does that look like? My new slideshow for HealthCentral shares 10 characteristics  of a great healthcare team:

"“Simple” is not a word usually associated with chronic illness, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is no different. Getting to a place where you are as healthy as possible requires a number of health professionals in addition to your primary care physician. When these work together as a team, rather than separate and isolated specialties, it optimizes your health care and helps you live a better life with chronic illness. A great health care team can be defined by several characteristics."

Pop on over to HealthCentral to see t what makes for a great healthcare team.

Herbal Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis

There are a lot of claims going around about what herbal remedies can do for rheumatoid arthritis. In my new slideshow for HealthCentral, I looked into the facts and got some wisdom from my naturopath:

"Before the advent of modern medicine, people used plant-based treatments to deal with illnesses. In fact, many medications are based on the properties of plants. Increasingly, people with chronic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), are looking at their options and often including alternative remedies in their treatment regimen. In this slideshow, we’ll explore the potential of herbal medicines for RA."

See the rest of the slideshow to learn more about herbal remedies and RA on HealthCentral.

It’s All in Your Head: Fighting for a Diagnosis