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Team NYC Sick Chick Club. Photo by S. Nash.
In what is probably my most read article, RA: The Loser Disease , I lamented RA’s D-list status in the world of cause célèbre. Hardly a soul knows what color our awareness ribbon is, much less what the disease is, that it’s different from osteoarthritis, or that it is just one of over a hundred forms of autoimmune arthritis. But last Sunday, all across the country and in New York City in particular, hundreds and thousands took to the streets for the Arthritis Foundation’s annual Arthritis Walk to help spread awareness and raise funds for research, and I was among them!
Decked out in my colorful orange team shirt, I joined my fellow NYC Sick Chick Club team members on what was a rather dreary, drippy morning. I had never done a 5k before, and as I arrived at Battery Park at the lower tip of Manhattan, I thought back to my ‘Loser Disease’ article, written well over two years ago, ...
Recently, in a private discussion group, a friend posed the question whether it was possible to have PTSD from dealing with a child that has had serious medical problems. While I admittedly do not have a psychology background, I definitely related to the symptoms she described and it made me wonder. I thought about everything parents dealing with a child that has IBD go through, as well as what we went through with our child. In my case, I had just had my twins six weeks earlier and the hormones were nuts! One of my twins never slept, was in pain constantly from GERD and had issues with her airway that we later determined was from severe asthma. Watching your child frequently struggle to breathe or scream in pain while you are helpless to do anything is heart-wrenching, to say the least. When my daughter was six-weeks old she had an apnea related to her GERD that was later determined to be an ALTE, apparent life-threatening event. She stopped breathi...
Definition Sleeping sickness is infection with germs carried by certain flies. It results in swelling of the brain. Alternative Names African trypanosomiasis Causes, incidence, and risk factors Sleeping sickness is caused by two germs, Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense and Trypanosomoa brucei gambiense . The more severe form of the illness is caused by T. rhodesiense . Tsetse flies carry the infection. When an infected fly bites you, the infection spreads through your blood. Risk factors include living in parts of Africa where the disease is found and being bitten by tsetse flies. The disease is very rare in the United States, and is only found in travelers who have visited or lived in Africa.
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