lupus
Things like gin-soaked raisins and magical berries were supposedly going to alleviate my symptoms. The thing is, none of the people telling me about these supposed cures seemed to have lupus, and not one was a medical professional.
healthy
Denying that your friends' illnesses are real -- or implying that they can be fixed by happy thoughts -- is unlikely to inspire them; instead, it will probably just piss them off.
chronic illness
When you’re young and you have issues with your mobility that aren’t obviously signposted by something visible like crutches or a cast, it brings you up against some fairly unpleasant attitudes.
health
We need to be talking about the uses and abuses of pain management medication, but in a context that admits that chronic pain is a serious medical issue, and that our current pain management methods are woefully inadequate.
chronic illness
Along with the relief of being able to function, I have an uneasy feeling in the back of my mind. Now that I can eat again, I’m going to gain weight.
healthy
I was 12 years old when I noticed a redness on my hand. I grew up on a farm so no one thought anything of it.
chronic illness
The most profound lesson I've learned from three decades of chronic pain? Never settle for less than what you want out of life -- even when it hurts.