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 [...]

By | 2018-08-17T19:57:43+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Comments Off on Psoriatic Arthritis Doesn’t Stop Her

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 Founded in 1971, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is the national health care advocacy organization for America’s medically underserved and uninsured, as well as the community health centers that [...]

By | 2018-08-17T18:58:42+00:00 August 15th, 2018|Comments Off on America’s Health Care Heroes: Celebrate National Health Center Week

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 [...]

By | 2018-08-09T16:16:53+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Comments Off on A Game Plan for Traumatic Brain Injury

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 [...]

By | 2018-08-09T16:16:44+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Comments Off on Now What? Find Your Inner Ninja

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 [...]

By | 2018-08-01T18:46:31+00:00 July 23rd, 2018|Comments Off on Living a Good Life with Scleroderma

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 [...]

By | 2018-08-01T18:47:15+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Comments Off on Myositis-Facing the Unknown

Five Fast Facts on SSDI: Will YOU Experience Disability?

In May, Allsup is posting a blog series on Disability Insurance Awareness Month, a time when disability and insurance organizations join forces to raise awareness about the importance of protecting your income after a work-disrupting health issue. This series will take you through Five Fast Facts on SSDI [...]

By | 2018-05-15T15:03:13+00:00 May 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Five Fast Facts on SSDI: Will YOU Experience Disability?

During Mental Health Month, Let’s #CureStigma

Laura Greenstein, Manager, Marketing and Communications, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Why is the ever-present buzz word, “stigma” always so present in the mental health conversation? Why do we continue to bring it up time and again? There are so many pressing issues when it comes to [...]

By | 2018-05-10T16:05:43+00:00 April 30th, 2018|Comments Off on During Mental Health Month, Let’s #CureStigma

IBS and the Workplace: Three Things You Can Do for a More Comfortable Working Environment

By Tegan Gaetano, Program Director, International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) It may come as a surprise to many because  it’s often regarded as a trivial condition, but irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most prevalent and burdensome chronic conditions reported by patients. It’s cited [...]

By | 2018-04-23T20:10:48+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Comments Off on IBS and the Workplace: Three Things You Can Do for a More Comfortable Working Environment

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Even with hundreds of ways to describe them, it’s still somewhat awkward to talk about the family jewels. During April, you may see T-shirts urging you to “Grab life by the balls” or “Check your nuts” during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month. Humor is one way to raise awareness [...]

By | 2018-04-16T21:27:12+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Comments Off on April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month
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