12 Symptoms of autoimmune disease infographic

There are many diseases that are classified as autoimmune diseases. Many of these diseases share symptoms. Gretchen over at autoimmunemom.com sent us this infographic that displays what she calls 12 … [Read more...]

Messing with Mother Nature

Leave it up to me to try and mess with mother nature.  I should know better that when I try to do something to benefit me in the future it is going to backfire and cause more problems, especially when … [Read more...]

Interstitial Cystitis Diet – More Foods Some May Need to Avoid

Interstitial Cystitis patients have been told for years to avoid certain foods and drinks that can cause flare-ups of the bladder disease, making us urinate more, have more pain, and more pressure.  … [Read more...]

Gradual Onset of My Major Depressive Disorder

  Earlier this week, I posted about my visit at the doctor's office and my latest diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder secondary to chronic illness.   I have now had three full days of time to … [Read more...]

Diagnosis: Major Depressive Disorder Secondary to Chronic Illness

  The life of chronic illness is always a challenging one and it has never been easy for me and the older I get, the harder it seems to get - not only on me but also on my husband.  He has been my … [Read more...]

The Pressure to Feel Well

   When one person gets CFS, Fibromyalgia or any type of illness that is chronic, it becomes a family illness.  Everyone who we are close to in our lives becomes affected by our physical limitations … [Read more...]

When You Make Your Life Public, Expect that Criticism Will Follow

There are many times I will think about something that bothers me regarding my health issues and feel this desperate need to write about it.  But as I've mentioned before, it can be challenging and … [Read more...]

The “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” Theory

How many of us have heard people say, or have been guilty ourselves of saying that we have too much to do right now, too much life to live and that "I'll sleep when I'm dead"?  I would almost … [Read more...]

Long Interstitial Cystitis Remission Ends

Chronic - I hate that word and I hate what it means. Every time I find out I have developed yet another chronic illness, it is just another slap in the face of how I'm going to have to live the rest … [Read more...]

New AUA Clinical Guidelines for Interstitial Cystitis Released

    The American Urology Association has finally released this month the long-awaited new clinical guidelines for Interstitial Cystitis/bladder pain syndrome!  These new guidelines may be the most … [Read more...]

FDA Approves BENLYSTA for Lupus

Today marks a very important day for Lupus patients, as the FDA has approved a new drug to treat the autoimmune disease.  The following news release is making Lupus headlines tonight across the … [Read more...]

Breakdown At Doctor’s Office Yesterday – Maybe A Breakthrough?

I am normally not a very emotional person and I don't cry a lot. My son and I were just talking about crying the other week and I told him that it was okay to cry and he said, "But mom, you don't … [Read more...]

Sinusitis & Bladder Issues – My Life Is So Much Fun

I knew I was feeling too well there for a while.  I get my hopes up, feel well for a while and think that maybe just this once, I am finally getting my life and my health under control.  Then I get … [Read more...]

Empathy & Tough Love Comes with Chronic Illness

In order to stay sane, I always try to find the silver lining in the world of chronic illness. I think one of the true blessings of being sick is that it has helped me to be more empathetic towards … [Read more...]

CFS & Fibromyalgia: It’s A Winter Storm Every Day

When I woke up this morning, I could tell before I even got out of bed what the weather was like outside. No I’m not a psychic but my body can tell you whatever it is you want to know about the … [Read more...]