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No, Psoriasis Is Not Contagious

One man shares how he deals with misconceptions, annoying questions, and all-around lack of awareness about his condition.

Celebrate ten years.

The '10 Year Challenge' — RA Style

A decade with RA changes you physically and mentally. And it can alter the way you see your future. Emil shares his personal journey 10 years post-diagnosis.

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Will My Chronic Illness Ruin My Wedding Day?

When Mandy got engaged to the love of her life, she was thrilled — but then the what-ifs of ulcerative colitis took over her thoughts.

Empty nesters waving at their children through video chat.

When Helpful Kids Leave the Nest

When kids grow up with a parent who has RA, they learn to be empathetic and helpful. So what happens when they move out on their own? Here are tips on filling the void they've left behind.

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How I Stay Productive at Work With Crohn's

Is your IBD getting in the way of your job productivity? These tips can help you stay on track even with your symptoms.

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Endometriosis and Birth Control: My Experience

When Julie found out she had endometriosis, she tried different hormonal birth control options to lessen symptoms and pain. Here’s what worked for her.

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How Judy Won the War on Weight

Losing weight after menopause and keeping it off long-term was a challenge for Judy. Learn how a close friend helped her finally achieve her goals.

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7 Things You Don't Know About Diabetes

Life with diabetes can be hard for non-diabetics to understand. Here are 7 truths about diabetes you would never know unless you live with it.

Highs and Lows: My Best and Worst Genital Herpes Moments

"What I once viewed as a near-death sentence to my love life and identity transformed into a sense of purpose that still guides me today."

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What I Wish I’d Known Before Having Surgery for Endometriosis

“In 2013, I had the first of three laparoscopic surgeries for endometriosis. Had I known then what I know now, I could have avoided at least one of those surgeries.”