PALOMA’S STORY: You might not be able to tell by looking at me that I’m actually a former farm girl. I lived my whole life in a small town in the middle of nowhere Arizona on my family’s ranch. While I enjoyed horseback riding and helping my dad gather the chicken eggs, I always had
I’ve had a motto since day one of my illness, and it became a motto only because I found myself saying it so often. Sometimes I would say it to remind myself of it’s meaning, other times I’d say it to friends who asked about my health. “I’m still me.” My world got turned upside
I’ve always wondered,“What does sick look like?” While growing up with congenital heart disease, I was commonly told I looked too young, too healthy, too pretty, or even too happy to have a complex, chronic condition that labeled me as “sick.” Society did its best to push these stereotypical labels on me of what I
Vasovagal syncope is a condition that causes people to faint as a result of overstimulation to the vagus nerves. The vagus nerves are two large nerves that control many of the body’s processes that are involuntary (breathing, heartbeat, etc.).
September is ITP Awareness Month, and September 29th is Sport Purple for Platelets Day. This day is devoted to raising awareness and understanding of this disorder. There are plenty of things that you can do to get involved and help to make a difference. First, what is ITP? ITP stands for Immune (or Idiopathic) Thrombocytopenia
September brings many things. The kids are back at school. Fall arrives, and the weather starts to turn cooler. September also means that it’s National Yoga Awareness Month! National Yoga Month got its start back in 2008, when the Department of Health and Human Services made it a national observance. The goal of this campaign
September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, also called World Alzheimer’s Month. It is an international movement to raise awareness about dementia and challenge the stigma that surrounds it. The theme of 2017’s World Alzheimer’s Month is, “Remember Me,” and the focus is around the importance of detecting and diagnosing the disease early. There are all kinds
I’m finding ways to win with Celiac Disease. Don’t get me wrong; Celiac Disease is a lifelong, chronic illness. It is a serious condition. But it’s also my normal. So I’ve found a few ways to empower myself and win with Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease dominates every bite of food I put into my mouth,