Posts tagged ‘Tough Stuff’

October 30th, 2012

Today’s #HAchat Topic: Facing Judgement as a Patient

by Amanda

Image credit: doug88888 on Flickr

When building relationships and coexisting with fellow humans in life – there is conflict, disagreement, and a divide between how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you. In this week’s Health Activist Tweetchat let’s focus on the latter.


We often find ourselves having to …Read More

October 24th, 2012

Guest Post: Why Me: Disease vs. Recovery

by Amanda

Image Credit: Michael of Scott on Flickr

When tough stuff arises in life – we are inclined to analyze it and try to make sense of the chaos. Almost instinctively, we wonder, “why is this happening to me?” And, often, the answer isn’t what we want it to be. But that doesn’t mean we can’t rewrite the answer over …Read More

October 22nd, 2012

This week’s #HAchat panel: Planning for End of Life

by Amanda



We have another Tough Stuff topic to discuss this week – that is relevant to both the patient community and individuals with significant online footprints. We’ll be discussing planning for end of life.
Now, for the most part – we don’t discuss EOL or death. We’re more focused on living well …Read More

October 19th, 2012

Guest Post: My Beautiful Career

by Amanda

In this post, Health Activist Jane Waterman chronicles her experiences with the depths of depression and living with invisible illness while pursuing ambitious career dreams. Her struggles are difficult to read but relatable to those who have lived with unresolved symptoms and painful side-effects.  Though her journey was not …Read More

October 18th, 2012

Guest Post: On Politics, Religion, & Advocacy

by Amanda

We have an interesting post today that is perfectly timed in light of all the political debate coverage of the past few weeks. Politics and religion – two topics that definitely fall under the Tough Stuff Umbrella.  We would like to thank Sara for bringing this topic to the forefront and sharing why she does what …Read More

October 16th, 2012

Guest Post: Thinking and Talking About Death

by Amanda

This post explores a taboo subject of death. Through Ms Rants’ calm, thought-out perspective – thinking about death becomes less scary, less forbidden and feels “okay.” As a part of the human experience, death is a constant. In her post we see why discussions of death have a place in our world – not only in …Read More

October 12th, 2012

Guest Post: Making it Stop by Making it Through

by Amanda

This is a beautiful post on the immensely difficult experience of dealing with depression amidst an autoimmune disease. Karen’s prose makes you feel like you’re beside her in the doctor’s office just wishing, willing the pain and anguish away . But though she struggles, her story is one of triumph and perseverance. Bringing awareness to the mind/body …Read More

October 10th, 2012

Guest Post: Learning to be Okay

by Amanda

This post is a difficult one to read. It chronicles an immensely difficult experience to go through and eventually write about. Thank you to Amy K for being so brave as to go there. Even though we know that sharing is the first step toward awareness and feeling less alone – that doesn’t make it any less challenging to do so. But …Read More

October 8th, 2012

Guest Post: Giving Up On Dreams, Finding New Inspiration

by Amanda

This is a wonderful post that speaks to an experience many of us go through — facing the decision to double-down and push through … or give up on a dream. When faced with a life-altering situation such as the diagnosis (and symptoms) of a chronic health condition – everything is effected. The path you thought you were on becomes …Read More

October 5th, 2012

Guest Post: “Stoptober: Are you Tough Enough?”

by Amanda

Today we have Guest Post on Stoptober and the challenge of quitting smoking — and how to approach it from the perspective of a loved one who wants to encourage someone in their life to quit. These are difficult conversations to have – but below are really great tips for starting the discussion and how you can help someone stop …Read More