Young and Chronically Ill

It’s difficult to find resources and support when you are young and chronically ill. There are lots of blogs, if you can find them, but even then, it’s hard to find someone who has the same diagnoses and severity of symptoms, AND a similar life story. The most common story you read in blogs and books … More Young and Chronically Ill

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More About Dysautonomia: POTS

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) POTS is a form of dysautonomia. What is Dysautonomia? Read more about dysuatonomia here The disabling symptoms caused by POTS are similar to living with congestive heart failure. Some POTS patients have had symptoms since birth, but most patients were active and healthy until something triggered a sudden onset of POTS. The … More More About Dysautonomia: POTS

About Dysautonomia

People living with dysautonomia have  malfunctioning autonomic nervous systems, which can result in a myriad of symptoms such as fainting, unstable blood pressure, abnormal heart rates, severe gastrointestinal distress, cognitive impairment (“brain fog”), neuropathy (nerve damage), extreme fatigue, low blood volume, blood pooling in the extremities, and even in severe cases, death. Basically the autonomic nervous system controls … More About Dysautonomia

Thoughts about Women’s Medical Treatment in the United States

I recently read the 2011 second edition of Barbara Ehrenreich’s and Deirdre English’s book, Complaints and Disorders: The Sexual Politics of Sickness. I highly recommend it for its eye-opening view of women’s medical treatment from about 1865 to 1920. The authors self-published their “pamphlet” in 1973 and I was upset reading their last chapter concerning … More Thoughts about Women’s Medical Treatment in the United States

The Exhausting Job of Being Chronically Ill

In the United States, approximately 130 million people suffer from chronic illness. Many of those people don’t look sick and many of those people may feel uncomfortable sharing their symptoms in order to “prove” that they are chronically ill. Unfortunately, even if they do share their symptoms the end result might not be what they … More The Exhausting Job of Being Chronically Ill