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Insights In Patient Advocacy

The HealthCentral writers you know and love share their knowledge of advocating, including on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at home.

By Erin L. Boyle

Meet Multiple Sclerosis Activist Nancy Davis

Nancy Davis shares her experience with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis and what inspired her to start Center Without Walls.

By Stephanie Stephens

Cluster Headache Advocate Speaks Out

Cluster headache advocate Aaron Wiseman took part in Headache on the Hill in 2017 with his wife, Stefanie Garcia. Learn about his advocacy.

By Erin L. Boyle

How to Become a Health Advocate

Candace H. Lerman lives with a rare disease. She's also a driven patient advocate on Capitol Hill. Learn how she does it.

By Erin L. Boyle

Choose Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

For people with chronic pain, physical therapy is safer alternative to opioids — and it can be just effective. Find out why in this Q&A.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Boston Bombing Survivor and Patient Advocate

She was already fighting fibromyalgia — then came the Boston Marathon bombing. Read Lynn Julian Crisci's inspiring story of survival and perseverance.

By Stephanie Stephens

Confronting RA by Getting Back on The Bike

Read the story of Randy Headrick and how a motorcross accident kickstarted his journey with rheumatoid arthritis.

By Pamela Kaufman

Why Your Teeth Are Vital For Your Health

Health journalist Mary Otto explores why dental care is not fully covered under health insurance and other issues about the importance of oral health.

By Erin L. Boyle

American Ninja Warrior Host on Living With RA

Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 31, standup comic and American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman finds strength in comedy and community.

By Emil DeAndreis

Fierce Mom on a Mission: Paula Fitzgibbons

Blogger and mother talks about living with RA, how her children adjust to her chronic illness, and how she helps them cope with their own.

By Lene Andersen, MSW