Chronic Illness

All of the struggles I go through dealing with a chronic illness and how I’ve learned to persist.

  • Rheumatology Appointment: January 4, 2018 January 4, 2018 - I made it just three days into the new year before I saw my rheumatologist. It was a planned follow up appointment to the one that I had in September. When I saw my rheumatologist for my last six-month appointment, I had a lot of fluid accumulating in my knees. That and the aching in …
  • My Autoimmune Disease and the Flu Shot October 31, 2017 - Last week, I rolled up my sleeves, stuck out my arm, and got a flu shot. My work encourages the flu shot (and makes it very convenient to get), but my rheumatologist also suggested that I get one. At my last appointment my rheumatologist and I talked about potentially putting me back on sulfasalazine or …
  • Colorado Larimer Street It’s Fall and I Got My RA Blood Test Results October 17, 2017 - Good communication is at the foundation of any good doctor-patient relationship. Thus, I was thrilled when I got an e-mail from my rheumatologist to follow up on the blood work I had drawn at my last appointment. (Little things make me happy.) RELATED: Rheumatology Appointment: 09/28/2017 What are the RA Blood Tests? I have to get …
  • Rheumatology Appointment: 09/28/2017 October 1, 2017 - Another day, another doctor appointment. Or so it seems. I had my bi-annual visit to the rheumatology clinic today. I typically have a rheumatology appointment every 6 months, but yesterday I had to make a follow up appointment for 3 months. I had a really great conversation with my rheumatologist yesterday. There is a lot …
  • right doctor How to Find the Right Doctor for You September 26, 2017 - No matter if you’re trying to find a primary care doctor or a specialist, finding the right doctor is a daunting task. In fact, it’s almost like searching for your soulmate. You’re looking for someone whom you are going to trust with your life. You need someone who will listen and respect what you say. You …
  • 7 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health September 25, 2017 - A few weeks ago I went in for an endoscopic exam to confirm that I have Celiac disease. My results were not what I expected and, as a result, I spent a few days down in the dumps. Related: One More Endoscopic Exam; The Bad News: I Do Not Have A Chronic Illness; Dealing with Disappointing News, Soccer, …
  • The Bad News: I Do Not Have A Chronic Illness September 17, 2017 - Hear me out! I know that I am incredibly blessed to have overall good health. A chronic illness can have such a significant and extensive impact and is truly life altering. Last Monday I had my endoscopic exam. I was supposed to receive my results in 7-10 days. I heard back in three and a …
  • One More Endoscopic Exam September 11, 2017 - To those affected by Harvey, Irma, Jose, the earthquakes, and the wildfires that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your families are safe and your homes and town recover quickly. Today was the end of my gluten binge. I went in for my second endoscopic exam today to determine whether or not …