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Posted on 23. July 2010

Lysol, Luggage and Lodging-Oh, My!

Ah, the sounds of summer! Frogs ribbiting, the “Ice Cream Man” song tinkling in the distance, crickets chirping, squeaky crutches…. Crutches! What in the world do crutches have to do with the cheerful sounds of summer? [More]
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Categories: Need to Know
Posted on 16. July 2010

Am I a Caregiver?

By Tammie Allegro Caregiver? I had never really embraced this term until my mother’s terminal illness thrust me into the role. I guess we all need to give ourselves a title that somehow explains what we do, but “caregiver” never seemed to cover it completely. For starters, a ca... [More]
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Posted on 9. July 2010

Love with Fur

When I got my dog, Ginger, she was a tiny brown and white fluff, barely eight weeks old. A surprise gift from a family member, she was not the kind of dog I’d planned on. What on earth, I wondered, was a Shih-Tzu? [More]
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Posted on 2. July 2010

Denied By Mistake! A Reimbursement System That Needs Fixing

Remember the movie John Q. in which Denzel Washington plays the father of a young boy who takes a downtown Chicago emergency room hostage when he learns that the heart transplant his son needs won’t be performed because his health insurance doesn’t cover it? [More]
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Categories: Need to Know
Posted on 25. June 2010

You Know You Are in a PIDD Home When…

Families dealing with a chronic disease live with a lot of medical paraphernalia. Between treatments, however, many of those same families long to appear, “normal.” They don’t want the look of a sterile medical environment; they simply want their home to be sterile. [More]
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Categories: Life With IG
Posted on 18. June 2010

Meeting Your Medical Match

For much of my life, I never gave much thought to choosing doctors. Often I simply picked a name at random from an insurance directory. But, when I suddenly found myself suffering from mysterious pelvic pain 10 years ago, I quickly discovered that finding a physician who could provide an accurate diagnosis was not just difficult, it was next to impossible. [More]
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Posted on 11. June 2010

Raised in Captivity

By Tammie Allegro When you meet a 17-year-old who says he was raised in captivity, it gives you pause. You might even wonder what on earth the kid is talking about. However, when you learn that this particular young man has been sheltered and home-schooled since kindergarten due to his autoimmune ... [More]
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Posted on 2. June 2010

Immune Disease; Are You Sure it’s Not Depression?

I often hear from IG Living readers who are frustrated with questions and advice from well-meaning, but slightly misguided friends and family. When trying to show support, they offer advice and make suggestions that make us want to scream. [More]
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Categories: Life With IG