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Want More Psoriatic Disease Research? Here's How to Advocate to Congress

Psoriasis advocate Sabrina Skiles shares how to prepare, what not to do, and how to make the most of your time on Capitol Hill.

By Sabrina Skiles
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10 Instagrammers With MS You Need to Follow

These patient-approved MS influencers are guaranteed to make your day on the 'gram a little brighter!

By Jackie Zimmerman
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A Crohnie Celebration!

In honor of Crohn's Disease Awareness Month, we're excited to share a few special stories (and an Insta event!) that highlight the people who are working hard to smash stigmas, support their community, and educate the rest of us!

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team
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A Very Personal Take on RA

The world isn't geared toward the chronically ill. Instead, we have to carve out our place. And after five decades of living with RA, our new columnist Lene Andersen has some things to say about that.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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6 Ways to Become a Mental Health Advocate

Becoming a voice for others can be a powerful healing strategy in recovery from depression or another mood disorder. Here are six ways to do just that.

By Mike Veny
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If You Have a Chronic Illness, Follow These 12 People on Instagram

Influencers talk straight about what it’s like to have chronic pain and live your best life.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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9 Famous People With Ulcerative Colitis

Although UC is still a stigmatized condition, these well-known figures have spoken out to raise awareness of what it’s like to live with inflammatory bowel disease.

By Mandy Patterson
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How to Be Your Own Best Advocate With RA

It takes practice but knowing how to advocate for yourself will help you feel confident and safe in the treatments you receive.

By Lene Andersen, MSW
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You Can Actually Help Guide Research for MS

Participating in a research study of any new experimental MS therapy is important, but that’s not the only way to get involved in research. You can also get involved by sharing information about yourself and participating in surveys through programs like iConquerMS™, and more.

By Lisa Emrich
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What Others Don’t See When You Have RA

Some of the most challenging symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can be hard for the people around you to see. Here's how RA can be an invisible illness.

By Lene Andersen, MSW