The Coldest Winter…

Usually in the winter, the symptoms stemming from my Sjogrens, POTS and other conditions tend to flare up. I was prepared for a flare but I didn’t expect the nightmare that subsequently happened. I went on a brief trip to LA to escape the cold, but when I returned my quality of life seemed to go downhill.  It…

When My Mental Health Overshadowed My Chronic Illness

I have dedicated so much time and energy to focusing on the physical symptoms of my chronic illnesses: daily moderate pain, numbness and tingling in my legs, spending nights curled up on the bathroom floor with nausea, vomiting and heartburn, and debilitating fatigue. These are just a few of the symptoms that I consistently experience…

The Book

I am pleased to announce that I have written and published my first book!  It is based of this blog and describes my journey in navigating life as a twenty-something living with chronic illness. It’s truly been a labor of love. The book is available for purchase on Amazon: http://goo.gl/QQ0Xdx. I would appreciate any reviews or…

The Truth Is…

The truth sometimes hurts and the reality is that chronic illness is not always pretty.  While positivity, strength and optimism are usually my forte, especially on this platform, there are times when being chronically ill feels like a prison sentence.  I didn’t ask for this life and would not wish chronic illness on anyone.  People…

New Year, Big Changes

As the doctor handed me a two page paper to sign, the only words that stuck out to me in big bold letters were “Chemotherapy Consent“… Let me back up and start from the beginning.  I have been regularly going to the rheumatologist and about nine other specialists for my various symptoms and complications stemming…

The New Chapter

  After months of speculation and testing, today I officially received a diagnosis of Sjogren’s Syndrome.  Sjogren’s Syndrome (pronounced show-grins) is an autoimmune disorder where the body’s cells attack the moisture producing glands.  Typically this causes dry eye, dry mouth and fatigue.  In some patients, dysfunction may also be seen in other body systems such as…

Goals and Growth

It’s been a REALLY long time since my last post and a lot of things have been happening, both good and bad.  I will start posting regularly again with updates and inspiration, but I wanted to leave this here. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and have faith that everything will work…