Loss of Identity with Chronic Illness & The Plot Twist: Sharpened Self-Worth

Chronic Illness & The Inevitable Loss of Identity Chronic illness has gnawed away at my self-identity, self-esteem and self-worth since it made its debut appearance in my life. Can I blame it? These are some of the best and juiciest cuts of a person. With the utterance of a single diagnosis – Antiphospholipid Syndrome – […]

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: 16 Takeaways with Chronic Illness

Disclaimer & Content Warning: Contains mentions of the Holocaust, chronic illness, ableism, mental health issues, chronic pain and suffering. This article is meant for educational purposes and is based on the author’s personal experiences. It is not to be substituted for medical advice. Please consult your own doctor or therapist before changing or adding any […]

How to Prepare for a Medical Appointment in a Post-Pandemic World (4 Top Tips From a Doctor)

I’m excited to have Dr. Marta Becker with us, as she shares her four top tips on how to prepare for a medical appointment. She is an ENT specialist with Jefferson-Abington Health from Philadelphia, PA. “Everybody wants to get in and out of their doctor’s office as quickly as possible, but not miss out on […]

Addiction is a Chronic Illness: Why We Need to Talk About the Chronic Nature of Addiction

Addiction has been present in human societies since, well, the first human societies. Addictive behaviors are observed in some of the most fundamental biological processes underlying learning and motivation across the animal kingdom. These facts paint addiction as less of a ‘moral failure’ and more of a brain disorder rooted in biology, not deficiency. Despite […]

What It Feels Like to be Suddenly Disabled: Taking on the Eye of the Tiger in the Year of the Tiger

Welcome to the Year of the Tiger I’ve become suddenly disabled, and it’s been a rollercoaster ride the past 4 weeks, in every which way possible. Mentally, physically, emotionally, even spiritually. My identity, ability, desirability and physicality have all been called into question. The chances of a bilateral patellar tendon rupture is rare. A spontaneous […]