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Guidance for life with a disability: stories and facts, insights and encouragement.

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Guidance for life with a disability: stories and facts, insights and encouragement.

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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. […]

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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 go,” Rivera explained. Although it is considered a rare disease, affecting about 3-5 million Americans, Rivera said the numbers are rising, with more cancer survivors […]

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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 life-changing.

“I had a plan on how my life was going to be,” said Gietzen. “You have to leave your old life behind and start a […]

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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 as one of them when she chronicled a dermatomyositis flare on YouTube.

UnderstandingMyositis.org describes the disease as an overactive immune […]

By | July 16th, 2018|Health|

Everyone Wins with #IAmInvisibleNoMore Contest

The Invisible Disabilities Association and Allsup encouraged individuals to share their invisible disabilities stories during a video contest in March. We are profiling the people featured in the top vote-getting videos in the blog series, #IAmInvisibleNoMore. The top five vote getters were awarded gift cards and other prizes. Kellie Pokrifka, the grand prize winner, will be whisked away to Denver with a guest to attend the 2018 […]

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20 Veterans Die Every Day By Suicide

June 27th is designated PTSD Awareness Day

By The Old Sarge

In World War I, they called it shell shock. During, and a long time after World War II, the common term was combat stress reaction. These days, we know this mental health issue as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

No matter the term used, when it comes to veterans trying to battle though the fog of post-combat stress, far too many take their life into their […]

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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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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 go,” Rivera explained. Although it is considered a rare disease, affecting about 3-5 million Americans, Rivera said the numbers are rising, with more cancer survivors […]

By | August 1st, 2018|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 life-changing.

“I had a plan on how my life was going to be,” said Gietzen. “You have to leave your old life behind and start a […]

By | July 23rd, 2018|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 as one of them when she chronicled a dermatomyositis flare on YouTube.

UnderstandingMyositis.org describes the disease as an overactive immune […]

By | July 16th, 2018|Health|

Everyone Wins with #IAmInvisibleNoMore Contest

The Invisible Disabilities Association and Allsup encouraged individuals to share their invisible disabilities stories during a video contest in March. We are profiling the people featured in the top vote-getting videos in the blog series, #IAmInvisibleNoMore. The top five vote getters were awarded gift cards and other prizes. Kellie Pokrifka, the grand prize winner, will be whisked away to Denver with a guest to attend the 2018 […]

By | July 9th, 2018|Inspiration, Support|

20 Veterans Die Every Day By Suicide

June 27th is designated PTSD Awareness Day

By The Old Sarge

In World War I, they called it shell shock. During, and a long time after World War II, the common term was combat stress reaction. These days, we know this mental health issue as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

No matter the term used, when it comes to veterans trying to battle though the fog of post-combat stress, far too many take their life into their […]

By | June 28th, 2018|Veterans|
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