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Jennifer Digmann

Newly Diagnosed with SPMS: "It's Just Two New Words"

Writer Jennifer Digmann gives her younger self (and you!) a pep talk immediately following a secondary progressive multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

Dan and Jennifer Digmann

This Is What It's Like to Love Someone With SPMS

Secondary progressive multiple sclerosis doesn't make relationships any easier...but it can make your love grow stronger.

Photo of Edgar Payano.

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.

Mandy Morgan and her future husband.

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.

Man hard at work

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.

Young woman taking pill.

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.

Writing out a weight loss plan.

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.

Woman checking her blood sugar.

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.