Today we’re highlighting one of this year’s Health Activist Awards partners, Jessica of Uncover Ostomy. Jessica celebrates 12 years with her ostomy and gives 12 reasons why you should love yours! read more »
February 6th was National Wear Red Day, and February is American Heart Month. Jen, who blogs at My Life In Red, shared 9 tips on “How to Go Red in 2015″.
Chronic Pain Health Activist, Sarah, talks about being mistreated by one of her first doctors during her diagnosis journey.
In her blog post, Sarah discusses the difficulties getting a clear diagnosis, the mistreatment she received from a doctor and how her experience continues to impact her.
“We need personalized, compelling and imaginative content that makes the user want to engage in self-care. People aren’t moved to action by “data dumps,” but by emotion and narrative”
Were you misdiagnosed? What hurdles did you face to get the proper diagnosis? Who helped you along the way?
“I was scared to receive the diagnosis. I was humiliated. People don’t take mental illness seriously. But at the same time, I was relieved, because there was something I could do to fix it. With mental illness, our black and blues are on the inside.”
When you have a chronic illness or disability, chances are you’ve heard the same motivational saying from well-wishers over-and-over again. Sure, your supporters mean well, but sometimes, certain cliches don’t carry much weight.
“Trying to explain what you are going through to someone who does not truly understand life with an invisible illness can feel like a daunting task. And, at least in my experience, my efforts are often unsuccessful. This invisibility and lack of understanding can make people with RA feel very isolated.”
How do you explain your invisible illness to someone? Have you been successful?