Tag: Life

Health Update | Feb 2018

Last we spoke, I’d been newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, in and out of the ER, and coping with the intense flare that stress brought me. Since that time I’ve made it through the holidays, stayed out of the ER, and weaned off my fibromyalgia medication due to terrible side effects. I’m not really doing any …

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Health Update | Nov, 2017

What’s going on with Rachel? If you follow my social media accounts you likely know that I’ve had a rough couple of months filled with ER trips and doctors appointments. Now that we’ve talked to my doctors fairly thoroughly I thought it was time for a health update. Stress, Stress, Stress… Right now my doctors …

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3 Effects Of Having Your Illness Continually Questioned

Sometimes I wonder if doctors have a list of “illnesses” that they diagnose difficult people with just to pacify them; just to quiet those people that insist they don’t feel well even though their tests come back fine. Sometimes I wonder if there are illnesses that all doctors recognize as “fake,” but are given like …

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When People Say “Don’t Let Your Illness Define You”

You get a lot of advice when you’re chronically ill. Some of it good, some of it confusing, some of it frustrating. And, to be honest, I’m still trying to figure this one out. In my mind, I toss this in with “think positively” and “remember there are people who have it worse than you.” …

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What My Life Is Like With Autonomic Dysfunction

Autonomic dysfunction. Those words probably don’t mean much to you. Three years ago they were gibberish to me. Chances are unless you’re a medical professional or a Dysautonomia patient, you probably haven’t given much thought to your autonomic nervous system. So let’s lay down the basics. Your autonomic nervous system (ANS) controls your body’s automatic …

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