Edema vs. Lymphedema: What’s the Difference?

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Today we will talk about the difference between Lymphedema and normal swelling (Edema). If you missed my first post describing Lymphedema, you can view it here. So, the tricky part about getting diagnosed with lymphedema is the fact that swelling is usually a symptom and not a disorder in it of itself. That’s where edema comes in. Oxford dictionaries describes edema as, “a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.” That sounds a lot like Lymphedema, especially if you are not well trained to see the difference. Continue reading

An Inspirational Controversy

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Inspiration. Oxford Dictionaries describes it as, “The quality of being inspired, especially when evident in something… A person or thing that inspires.” We all have something or someone that inspires us. Maybe as a kid you looked up to your dad and wanted to be just like him. He was your source of inspiration. John Quincy Adams even is quoted as saying, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” The issue is, what if you do not want to be a leader or an inspiration to others? Continue reading

June’s Chronic Illness Linkup

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It’s that time of the month again! I’m joining June’s Linkup for chronic illness. If you are new, let me explain what this linkup is. Each month, Sheryl Chan from A Chronic Voice, picks 5 topics to write about. The topics for this month are repeating, wondering, turning, getting, and desiring. You don’t have to write a lot about each topic, just a paragraph or two will do. Let’s review the rules for anyone here that’s new. Continue reading

Panicking, but Where’s the Disco?

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Panic attacks, you either love them or hate them. Who am I kidding, we all dislike panic attacks. The sudden intensity and feeling of your heart racing. You feel like you have been stuck in an epic Marvel fight scene, without the ability to move, breathe, or fight back. Am I having a heart attack, because surely I am dying!? Continue reading

California Teacher Forced to Pay Substitute Because of Cancer

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In California, the law mandates that teachers pay substitutes out of their own salaries when on extended leave. This is the case right now for an unidentified teacher who is currently battling breast cancer. She is liable to have a max of $246 taken out each day. This teacher works for the San Francisco Unified School District, teaching second grade at Glen Park Elementary. Teachers in California are allowed only ten sick days per year, then every day after that comes out of their own paychecks. Continue reading

Why We Need Genetic Research: Application (Part 3)

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Welcome back to the ‘Why We Need Genetic Research’ series! Today we will be talking about how this research can be applied. If you missed the first post about the history of genetic research, I will link it here. Similarly, if you missed the last post about the importance of genetic research, it will be linked here. Genetic research specific to the human body has numerous different applications. The field of Genetics has allowed for scientists to control the environment and the world around us. Continue reading

The Link Between Lucid Dreaming and Chronic Illness

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Are you aware of the concept of lucid dreaming? Maybe you’ve heard about the nightmarish fugue states where people are unable to move as a ghostly/demon being looks at them. That’s lucid dreaming in a nutshell, but it goes so much deeper than that. Continue reading

The Plastic Straw Debate

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Did you know that plastic straws are being banned all across the world? That sounds like an amazing thing for the environment and wildlife. Don’t get me wrong, it is, but in the process, this straw ban is harming millions of disabled people. Most people are able to drink a beverage with or without a straw. It is just a matter of preference. However, for disabled people who have problems in dexterity, holding weight, or need to have their carers help them drink, this poses a huge problem. Straws are an integral way to allow someone to drink any type of beverage, with little difficulty. This ban is literally making drinking impossible for people. Continue reading

The Chronically Care Project

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I am very excited to be able to do a feature on of my best friends today. Her name is Claire and she created the Chronically Care Project. This is the next company that is going on my ‘Top Related Causes Page’. This project is hosted by the Chronically Beautiful, Claire’s blog. She handmakes fleece blankets and gives them away every other week in a giveaway hosted on her Instagram and Facebook pages. Continue reading

Why Advocacy Matters: A Collaboration

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Advocating. What does that exactly mean? Merriam-Webster describes advocacy as one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group. An advocate’s goal is to create change where it is needed. Whether this is to promote a change in legislation, public opinion, or to create an environment of support, an advocate fights for their cause. There is not just one type of advocate either. Continue reading