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Posted on 3. July 2024

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Volunteer

I recently watched a movie about a family that relocates from New York City to a suburban town. The mother, an art teacher turned stay-at-home-mom, eagerly went down to the school PTA meeting, excited to finally have the time to help at her daughter’s school. The other women in the room raised their eyebrows as the fresh-faced newbie eagerly raised her hand to volunteer for seemingly everything. As her name was dutifully added to the committee list, I wanted to scream into the screen, “Don’t do it!” [More]
Posted on 13. June 2024

Celebrating Father’s Day: A Heartfelt Tribute to Dads and Husbands Supporting Chronic Illness Patients

With Father's Day approaching, it's a time to reflect on and celebrate the incredible fathers and husbands who support their loved ones living with chronic illnesses. Whether you are a husband caring for an ill partner, a father dedicated to a child with a chronic condition or a dad managing your own illness, your strength and commitment are truly remarkable. This is a heartfelt thank you to all the amazing dads and husbands who stand by their families through thick and thin, showing us the true meaning of love and resilience. [More]
Posted on 23. May 2024

Reluctant to Start a New Treatment? Remember This

When I was first diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I was sad, afraid and overwhelmed, not to mention angry my doctor went right to medicine to mitigate my condition. I weighed the pros and cons of starting pharmacological therapy and got stuck in the weeds: Was a prescription drug my only option? What if I had an adverse reaction? What if it made my condition worse? What if I couldn’t afford it? What if all I really had to do was change my lifestyle — wouldn’t that be better for me? [More]
Posted on 9. May 2024

Navigating Motherhood with Chronic Illness

As Mother's Day approaches, I find myself reflecting deeply on the intersection of my illness and motherhood. My journey as a mother has been uniquely shaped by the challenges of living with a chronic condition, and it's a topic close to my heart as we celebrate this special day. Being a mother while coping with chronic illness has presented its share of difficulties. [More]
Posted on 18. April 2024

Observing Earth Day with Chronic Illness: Four Points to Ponder

Earth day is quickly approaching. Do you ever observe it? If not, why not?
I’ll be the first to admit it: Observing Earth Day isn’t always at the top of my springtime to-do list. Instead of motivating me to take better care of the environment, it usually makes me feel guilty that my day-to-day choices aren’t as earth friendly as they could be and obligated to spend my day purging my home of toxic products, stocking up on green alternatives, planting a dozen trees and spending hours picking up trash in the neighborhood park.
Who has the time and resources for all that — let alone the energy? [More]
Posted on 4. April 2024

Surviving Social Media's Health Advice

I’ll confess: I watch TikToks. Yes, you heard me right. My teenage daughters got me into them by sending me cute animal videos. Now, when I am bored, I find myself scrolling through streams of videos, from adorable dog reels to hilarious takes on what it means to be a Gen Xer. But, as cute as some of the videos can be, it isn’t all fun and games. Its got a dark side, too. [More]
Categories: Life With IG
Posted on 14. March 2024

How to Make the Most of Your Energy on Easter

Ready or not, Easter is only a little more than a week away. Can you believe it? Even though there isn’t quite as much retail pressure to make Easter a “perfect holiday,” there is still the tug to “do it all.” Easter baskets and egg hunts; fancy brunches and matching outfits; family gatherings and sunrise services — it all adds up, and our energy reserves can easily become depleted by just thinking about it all! This is especially true for people with a rare disease or chronic illness. Making the most of the precious moments you have is important, but is it possible to make your energy stretch? [More]
Categories: Life With IG
Posted on 22. February 2024

Navigating Support Animals: Understanding the Legal Distinctions Between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals

As a person who recognizes the profound impact support animals have on individuals' mental, emotional and physical well-being, I also acknowledge the need to understand the legal distinctions between emotional support animals (ESAs) and service animals, especially concerning rights and protections under the law. These distinctions include legal requirements, documentation protocols, permissible inquiries by businesses and the ramifications of violating privacy laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Additionally, it is essential to acknowledge the supremacy of federal law over city or state statutes, particularly regarding matters such as breed restrictions, thereby ensuring equitable access for individuals with support animals. [More]