The Sunshine Blogger Award: Multiplied

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The Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve seen this award going around on Twitter, especially during April and May. To have been nominated for three blogger awards within six months of blogging is startling! As I have stated, none of what I have been doing is for my own recognition. It is all to help further break down the discrimination and stigma surrounding the chronic illness, mental health, and disability communities. Continue reading

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

Inspecting the Motive for Pain

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Pain. Burning pain. Stabbing Pain. Aching pain. Whatever the pain, it is usually a very common symptom of a chronic illness. In fact, I am in pain as I am writing this right now. Why do some people seem to experience extremely high levels of pain, while others do not? What if I told you that there are some people out there who cannot even experience pain. Continue reading