I have Lupus and Scleroderma and my spouse has GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) stage 4. This is is a very rare cancer affecting the digestive tract or nearby structures within the abdomen. He was diagnosed in 2004 and the tumor was removed only for the cancer to return in 2006 and spread to …Read More »
Monthly Archives: November 2010
Does Drinking Coffee Increase Risk For Breast Cancer?
Making too many trips to Starbucks could be both hazardous and beneficial to your health at the same time. Researchers have uncovered a link between coffee drinking and a compound that could increase the risk of cancer of the breast. In an unexpected twist, though, this same compound found in …Read More »
Rheumatoid Arthritis and your…teeth?
I’ve mentioned before that Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic disease. This means that it affects much more than just the joints. It affects major organ systems as well. Nowhere is this more clear than in the correlation between RA and incidences of heart disease. Scientists are still unsure about why …Read More »
Dealing with the Holiday Season
Feeling a little bah humbug about the holidays this year? The expectation to deck the halls and be jolly is overwhelming, especially when you’re going through breast cancer treatment or have just finished treatment. The last thing you feel like doing is being jolly, and it may seem like others …Read More »
Amy’s Fight Like A Girl Story (Lupus)
Lately, even as sick as I am — recovering from a lupus flare that began six months ago — I’ve learned to be grateful for the disease I have. My appreciation slowly started maybe about a year ago when I was starting to feel somewhat better and was told I might be going …Read More »
Surviving the Holidays with Endo And Other Chronic Illness
We are officially on a week’s countdown until the mad rush begins for Christmas. These days I almost feel like Thanksgiving gets left out on the holiday value scale. Its like the day to pig out and rest up for the busiest shopping day of the year – Black Friday. …Read More »
Are Low Vitamin D Levels Associated With Alzheimer’s Disease?
Vitamin D may be the wonder vitamin of the decade and one that few Americans get enough of. Studies show that low vitamin D levels can contribute to a variety of chronic disease including diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and even mental illness such as depression. …Read More »
Let’s Get Real
Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out ways to bring about more awareness about Rheumatoid Arthritis. By awareness, I mean making people aware of the facts surrounding this disease and erasing some misconceptions. So today I want to present a little list of Myths vs. Facts. Myth: RA is what …Read More »
Melanie’s Story (Brain Tumor)
I was sick with headaches for about 6 months, and progressively got worse. I started having slurred speech, my legs going numb when I would walk, the left side of my face was numb, I would black out, and muscle spasms in my neck that were getting worse, and this …Read More »
It’s Not Fair!
Today, I had quite a big “It’s not fair” moment. Throughout my illness and my treatment, I’ve managed to avoid most of these, but not today. What, exactly tipped me over the edge, I don’t know. I have heard of people coping fine throughout their treatment, and then afterwards reflecting …Read More »