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Not even the rudest of trolls can stop Tinu Abayomi-Paul a patient activist who lives with cancer and multiple disabilities. She spends her time creating helpful resources for others and speaking out about chronic illness, civic duty, and life as a black woman.

U.S. Immigration Ban Takes Effect: Will Your Healthcare be Impacted?

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court approved the third version of the president’s travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges continue to be heard in the lower courts. Intended to protect the U.S. from the threat of terrorism, the regulation…
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Creature Comforts: Therapy Animals Who Work to Help Humans Heal

When Smiley the Blind Therapy Dog recently passed away at 15 years old after a long fight with cancer, thousands of people posted messages of grief across social media. Smiley, a fluffy golden retriever who was rescued from a puppy mill, was born…
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Patience and Perseverance: Living for Decades with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition of the central nervous system that interferes with messages between the brain and the body. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society estimates that at least 400,000 in the U.S. have MS. For unknown reasons, people who live in northern…
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Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was once called “multiple personality disorder.” It’s a serious, rare condition in which a person’s identity is fragmented into distinct personalities. This post about life with DID was submitted by a Health Stories Project community member. Click here to…
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Living with pulmonary arterial hypertension

Meet Kathryn Kathryn has been living with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) since 2006. Though it’s a serious condition, she doesn’t let it slow her down – not even on the tennis court! We asked Kathryn to share her story with our app. Here’s what she…
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How Hard Work and Support Helped Rain Blu Cope with PTSD

Rain Blu was a young mother working as an emergency services dispatcher when she began to experience debilitating anxiety and bouts of dissociation. She’d get stuck in high panic mode for days on end. She started to wonder if she were going crazy….
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A Tough Pill to Swallow: Taking Aromatase Inhibitors to Prevent a Second Breast Cancer

Getting the Diagnosis that No One Wants Judy started getting mammograms yearly when she was forty. Because she has dense breast tissue, her doctor decided that she should also have an ultrasound each year since dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to…
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Living with HIV: "A Positive Diagnosis Can Lead to Positive Living"

Meet Eric Eric Grant is from Atlanta, Georgia and has been HIV+ since 2014. He wants to help others live out loud and believes that living positive can be positive living. We asked Eric to share his story with our app. Check it…
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If someone you love is dealing with depression you might feel helpless, confused, overwhelmed, hopeless, frustrated, or even angry. You simply might not know what to do. We’ve rounded up tips on how to be there for your loved one from Health Stories…
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“Your son has achondroplasia.” When Heather Wahl Saylor went into labor in 1993, she had no idea that she was giving birth to a child with achondroplasia, a common form of dwarfism. In fact, it wasn’t until the hospital staff handed her the…
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About 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis (the “p” is silent). A chronic inflammatory disease of the immune system, it primarily affects the skin and joints, but can also affect the fingernails, toenails, and even soft tissues like inside of the mouth. Inflammation…
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We’re Sorry, Your Son Has Leukemia

Not Just Another Cold The first decade of the 21st century was pretty rotten for Chris and her family. They experienced multiple losses of loved ones – some young, some old, none easy. They were also a two-career family with three children under…
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Humans are hardwired to be creative, so it’s no surprise that creativity plays a vital role in our health and happiness. From doodling to dancing, cooking to crafting, creative activities decrease stress and increase positive emotions. Looking at art and listening to music…
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It’s sudden, catastrophic, and costs our healthcare system billions of dollars every year. Sepsis, an overwhelming immune response that’s triggered by infection, strikes more than a million Americans annually. Also known as blood poisoning, sepsis spreads quickly and can lead to tissue damage,…
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IgA Nephropathy is not a common condition. About 1 in 100,000 people in the United States develops this serious kidney condition each year. For unknown reasons,  men get it at about twice as often as women, and while it is sometimes found during…
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25 Insights From People Living with Schizophrenia

For people with schizophrenia, diagnosis can be a relief — all those symptoms finally start to make sense – but also a devastating and life-altering moment.  Schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder characterized by thoughts and experiences that are out of…
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From Ulcerative Colitis to Colon Cancer: How Renee Holt Dealt with a Dual Diagnosis

Ulcerative colitis is a common, chronic inflammatory disease that results in long-term inflammation and ulcers in the large intestine. It can cause stomach discomfort and rapid emptying of the colon. Even though ulcerative colitis has no known cure, through medication and a disciplined…
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Is Telemedicine The Future of Healthcare?

Smartphones and other web-connected devices have changed the way we live, putting a vast amount of information at our fingertips, entertaining us, and making countless tasks easier, including keeping tabs on health issues and wellness goals. They’re also expanding the ways in which…
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What a Pain – How the “Opioid Crisis” Impacts a Migraine Sufferer

It might start with a throb behind your eye. Or maybe you see an aura; a bright spot or some other change in your vision. Perhaps you just get nauseated suddenly. Sometimes bright lights or sounds become all-of-a-sudden intolerable. Migraine headaches are experienced…
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Raise your hand if you have a mental illness and you’ve ever:

- cried in public
- wanted to take a sick day for your mental health but felt too guilty to
- lied about being okay
- made plans even though your anxiety was killing you
- put your own self-care aside for someone else

There’s something so wonderful about being taken care of out of love, not necessity. I think for a lot of us, we ask for (or our bodies demand) help because we physically can’t do something. But having someone offer, just because, is the best. #ra #arthritis

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