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Psoriatic Arthritis Doesn’t Stop Her

Melanie Lech was a senior in college when she attended a belly dancing class that left her significantly more sore than usual. It was the beginning of a painful journey through the medical maze known as psoriatic arthritis. She was only 21 years old.

The Huntersville, North Carolina, native said, “The next day it felt like my arm was falling off. It actually felt like my shoulder was sliding out of the joint. […]

By | August 17th, 2018|Featured, Health|

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America’s Health Care Heroes: Celebrate National Health Center Week

By Dorian Wanzer, Manager of Grassroots Advocacy, Outreach & Communications, National Association of Community Health Centers

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By | August 15th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Health|

A Game Plan for Traumatic Brain Injury

Kelli Pokrifka is part of what she calls a “really cool community” of people living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). After fainting and hitting her head in 2013, Kelli experienced debilitating nausea and fatigue, sleeping up to 20 hours a day. She was mostly incoherent during her waking hours.

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Now What? Find Your Inner Ninja

The first thing you may notice about Amy Rivera is her leg. It is larger than the rest of her body due to lymphedema, a painful swelling that happens when lymphatic fluid can’t circulate properly and builds up in soft tissues.

“Your body releases toxins, but they have nowhere to […]

By | August 1st, 2018|Categories: Health|

Living a Good Life with Scleroderma

Amy Gietzen was 19 when her world changed forever. She was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma, a chronic connective tissue disease marked by tightening of the skin and joint pain.  Symptoms can range from very mild to life threatening. For Amy, who endures pain on a daily basis, they were […]

By | July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Health|

Myositis-Facing the Unknown

In the United States, a rare disease is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. It’s estimated that 50,000 to 75,000 Americans live with myositis─chronic muscle inflammation, accompanied by muscle weakness, and for some, skin rashes, pain and fatigue. Kate Boyle bravely put her face forward […]

By | July 16th, 2018|Categories: Health|
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