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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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Categories: Life With IG
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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Categories: Life With IG
Posted on 17. March 2022

IG Infusions in the Home Setting

Recently, I taped a podcast with the executive vice president of sales for Nufactor, a specialty infusion company on the growing trend of immune globulin therapy, also referred to as IG Infusions in the Home Setting. The podcast focused on what information both patients and providers need to know before transitioning to the home. [More]
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Posted on 10. February 2022

Love in the Time of COVID-19

Years ago, I read a book titled Love in the Time of Cholera about two young lovers who communicated through letters during a pandemic. The story is about much more than writing love letters. It is about life, loss, maturity and second chances. With the third Valentine's Day during a pandemic approaching, the book made me think about how people communicated in the past and how fortunate we are today. [More]
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Categories: Life With IG
Posted on 13. January 2022

Count Your Blessings

My great-grandmother lived with me when I was growing up. She passed away my senior year of high school at the ripe old age of 104. Many of my friends thought it was a burden to have her at home. I never did! In fact, I learned a lot about life from her. Over the years, I have benefited a lot from what she taught me such as how to can fruit and vegetables, the importance of exercise and to have faith. But I never realized the most important thing she taught me was to be happy. [More]
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Categories: Life With IG
Posted on 2. December 2021

Be Present in the Moment

Before I sit down to write a blog, I spend a few days thinking about the topic and how readers will relate to it. This month, I was going to write about how this Thanksgiving was different than last year's when we were facing a long winter of lockdown and how thankful I was the end of the pandemic was in sight. Then I read the news about the latest mutation of COVID-19: Omicron! [More]
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Posted on 28. October 2021

Making Halloween Less Scary

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I love decorating the front yard, helping plan costumes for my kids, and getting ready for trick-or-treaters. Unfortunately, many people with chronic illnesses are too sick or simply don't have the energy to prepare for the holiday. Don't fear, there are many ways to enjoy the holiday and still take care of yourself. Check out some of the shortcuts I have learned to save up your spoons for the big day! [More]
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Posted on 14. October 2021

Medicare IVIG Demonstration Project

As the patient advocate for IG Living, I am frequently asked for information about the Medicare IVIG Demonstration Project and its purpose. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducts and sponsors demonstration projects to test and measure the effect of potential program changes on patients and their access to treatment. [More]
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