Living With Fibromyalgia: How It Really Feels.

“I made it through another day.” It’s what I say to myself every night before I go to bed. Sometimes when I say it, I’m thoroughly exhausted, others not so much. I know that when I finally fall asleep, it won’t be for long. I have a long night ahead of me, and all I can do is push through it....more

What The Middle Got Wrong About Chronic Illness

I know, I know. It’s a comedy. I need to “lighten up.”I love The Middle. I really do. I think it’s one of the most genuine sitcoms on television today, reminiscent of the warm 90’s shows I grew up watching. And I can take a joke.But – something bothered me about one episode this season....more

How my Parents Saved Me During my Darkest Medical Moments

There are some things parents can't know about their children until they happen. What does their laugh sound like? Do they prefer carrots or green beans? Will they be an athlete, an artist, a teacher?...more

Why I Want to Redefine "Dis-Ability"

Last semester, I received an email from my college's Disability Resource Center. Would I like to join the DRC's Honor Society? If so, just reply. Nearly as quickly as it took for the email to load, though, I deleted it.Why didn't I want to join? Why did it take so little time for me to decide? Those questions have lingered my mind much longer than the original email. ...more

Different, Not Less: A Letter to Myself Before Diagnosis

For years, I struggled. I struggled through undergrad, then graduate school. I (eventually) made it though. I became a School Psychologist. I thought I was done struggling once I had the right letters behind my name. I became an advocate for others with a variety of differences, and yet struggled to accept my own.  Here is what I would tell that version of myself (the girl who is still working it out) if I could:Hi there,I want to start by saying that I SEE YOU....more

How Have You Used Social Media to Find Support?

Have you, or someone you know, actively searched for online communities and support through social media after you were newly diagnosed with a medical or health condition?Join us TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 16th at 12pm ET, for a very special #C2PCHAT Twitter Chat to celebrate Care To The People​'s recent web hub launch. We'll be discussing how to use social media to find support after being newly diagnosed. ...more

Forget the Spoons: Powering Through Chronic Illness

I know. This sounds like one of those posts that tells people that their chronic illness is “all in their head”, or can be pushed through, or other nonsense. I promise, though, it’s not....more