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Patient and Blogger Stands Up Against the Opioid Stigma

While politicians, policy makers, and medical experts are arguing about the best way to solve the opioid crisis, the blogger behind Chronic Mom says, opioids saved her life.

By Pamela Kaufman

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

Lung Cancer Stigma: Fighting the Blame Game

People with lung cancer can feel stigma, blame, and neglect when those around them assume they smoked, inflicted their own disease, and deserved to get cancer.

By Eileen Bailey

3 IBD Advocates Share Their Advice

Want to use your experience with Crohn's or ulcerative colitis to help others? These veteran patient advocates have the tips you need to get started.

By Mandy Morgan

How People With Chronic Pain Feel About the Opioid Crisis

Recent discussions around opioids focus on addiction and overdoses. What’s missing from the discussion is the collective voice of 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain and frequently rely on the prescription forms of these drugs for pain relief. We asked the chronic pain community how they felt about the opioid crisis.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

My Surprising Weekend With RA Advocacy and Hardcore Hiking

Sometimes, talking about living with RA and the pain and vulnerabilities that accompany it can be just as daunting as hiking a mountain — literally. Emil takes you on a journey of both, and how he overcame his figurative and literal mountains.

By Emil DeAndreis

The Basics: How Can You Advocate As A Patient In Washington?

Two experts speak about how advocating on Capitol Hill can change the landscape for your chronic condition(s). Find out how to get involved and why you should.

By Erin L. Boyle

4 Reasons and 4 Ways to Share Your Story of Living With Psoriasis

If you have psoriasis, sharing your story may be difficult. Learn these tips for inspiring others, raising awareness and expressing yourself with psoriasis.

By Alisha Bridges

What Might Surprise You About Advocating On Capitol Hill?

Learn what parts of patient advocacy in Washington, D.C. might be so different, they surprise you, including what an "ask" is and who you'll meet.

By Erin L. Boyle

Why Take Part in Patient Advocacy?

Six HealthCentral patient advocates spanning psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, caregiving for those with dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, and mental health concerns, discuss why they take part in patient advocacy.

By Erin L. Boyle