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The Ideal Hypothyroid Lifestyle

These simple changes that make a big impact, can help you live your best life with hypothyroidism. It’s about being aware of what’s going in to your body and when, and what you're doing with your body the rest of the day.

By Mary Shomon

3 Reason Why We're Not All in Remission Yet

People with RA should be doing better by now — we have more new treatments than ever with new targeted approaches to treating the condition. So why aren't we experiencing more remission and lower disease activity?

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Running the Boston Marathon for Diabetes Charity

Casey McNamara, a diabetes advocate, achieved her dream of running the Boston Marathon and raised nearly $24,000 for diabetes charity at the same time.

By Pamela Kaufman

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

Don't get drawn into the blame game of believing you deserve lung cancer because you were a smoker. No one deserves cancer, and you can fight the stigma.

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