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I’m sorry I missed them: August 20 was National Honey Bee Day, and August 21 was National Senior Citizens Day. But I thought I’d make up for my omission by reflecting on something that seems to unite those two:  Rare […]

Does your illness make you feel ugly? How about rethinking beauty? Months before I was diagnosed with lupus, I lost all of my hair. It was difficult to fully understand, yet each time I looked in the mirror, I could […]

History teaches us many things, but I especially like how it sheds light on how we live and what we feel today. For instance, if you look back at some of the times of great societal upheaval – the American War […]

Sometimes when our illness flares or we experience new symptoms, we turn outward. Was it the weather that brought this on? To much work? Family quarrels? Traffic? But as easy as it would be to blame every flare or symptom […]

In 2012 I interviewed Sam Querrey, a professional tennis player from Thousand Oaks, California. Sam had had more than his share of injuries, and was just about to make a comeback at a tournament in Los Angeles. But even with […]

I know first-hand that dealing with the loss of a loved one is not easy. My brother died before he turned 40, and a good friend passed recently – she was younger than I am.  These holes in our hearts […]

This is the day the Lord has made – Let us rejoice and be glad! Sometimes, it can be difficult to think of rejoicing when you’re in a lot of pain or a disease is flaring and symptoms are harsh. […]

We hear about it from our doctors, physical therapists, and other medical professionals. And we certainly get regular updates and encouragement from the media: Find some way to exercise! Work with your doctors to develop a plan! Understand that you’ll […]

Now that the weather is more moderate, many of us with chronic illness are going outside, to stores, parks and other public venues. Of course, we take with us our “stuff,” whether mobility assistance devices, oxygen, or, in my case, […]

In a way, we who have seriouis health challenges are ambassadors for the patient population that still wants to be as active as possible, but not compromise health to do so. That is, we want to be part of the […]