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Posted on 15. December 2022

The Gift of No Bones Days

Five years ago, when I started blogging on the professional level, I was highly encouraged to include social media pages that corresponded with my blog. And, even though my local paper no longer supports blog content, I continue to promote my writing through social media. About a year ago, I branched my content into the world of TikTok, where I came upon an adorable geriatric pug, Noodle, and his wonderful adoptive owner, Jonathan Graziano. [More]
Posted on 3. November 2022


There is no doubt about it. It’s an ongoing juggling act to be chronically ill. If we aren’t juggling our energy stores, we are juggling our med schedules. And nobody can dismiss for a moment the juggling chronically ill patients and their families must do to pay for those meds. If meds are in the rare disease category, it’s a bigger juggle. I’m beginning to think I should have gone to clown school instead of college. [More]
Posted on 13. October 2022

Sunday SubQ

By Dawn DeBois

When I transitioned from monthly intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) treatments to we [More]
Posted on 25. August 2022

SAD Days

Immune globulin (IG) patient Dawn DeBois explains to readers how people who suffer from chronic illness have their own type of SAD. [More]
Posted on 4. August 2022

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

My home state of Maine has not been exempted from the recent heat wave that has encompassed most of the United States. The heat is difficult for many, but I have a neuromuscular disease that is exacerbated by the heat, so I must be particularly careful to stay cool and hydrated. Each morning, I do two things without fail. First, I open all the windows at 5 a.m. to fill my rental with cool air before the outside heat necessitates closing them again and turning on the air conditioning. Second, I mix a hydration packet into my water. I can’t help but think of how similar this second routine is to my immune globulin (IG) treatment regimen. [More]
Posted on 14. July 2022

Introducing Myself to IG Living Magazine Readers

At 46 years old, I found myself officially disabled due to multiple autoimmune diseases and a soon-to-be diagnosed rare disease. My 40s certainly hadn’t turned out the way I had hoped. I was spending all my time on specialist visits, disability applications, diagnostic procedures and treatment protocols. None of this was what I had envisioned when starting my family in my early 20s. [More]
Posted on 27. May 2022

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Have you ever heard the phrase “two steps forward, one step back”? It is intended to mean things are not going well. The phrase is an excellent way to express how you feel when your efforts do not seem to be getting you where you want to go quickly. For me, the phrase is a great way to describe life with a chronic illness. I have been fortunate enough to complete an undergraduate degree and an advanced degree, and I am currently working on another. But my educational experience has not gone like other people’s. [More]
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Posted on 28. April 2022

Calling All Cooks

As a patient advocate, I get many requests for help. Some requests are not directly related to illness, but rather to quality-of-life issues. For example, a few months ago, I received a request from the spouse and caregiver of a person who had recently started to receive immune globulin (IG) infusions. [More]
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