It’s been 22 years since Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating illness that had put his career on hold. His return to television, including new NBC comedy “The Michael J. Fox Show,” has been an inspiration to those with the same diagnosis. NBC’s Willie Geist reports.
“I don’t look at myself as a leader. I do look at myself as part of the community. I’m a visible member of the community. If I can set the example for people and make them feel that you don’t have to shut it down. You don’t have to withdraw. It doesn’t have to be life shattering, life ending or life destroying or anything. Just be a new thing that pushes you to a new place.” — Michael J. Fox.
“This is the first post of a new blog series. The posts in this series will include my thoughts on a variety of subjects, all beginning with “The Art of.”
Today I want to talk about the Art of Living Well with a Chronic Condition. […]
Create or maintain a support system. When you are able, be there for others. When you need help, learn to ask for it, and accept it. Severe levels of chronic pain quickly cause a sense of isolation. That sense of being alone can be detrimental to your well-being. Reach out! […]
I hope something here helps you when you are struggling with your reality. Life still has a great deal to offer, and you are not alone!”
The Old Lady in my Bones
n my thirties, I was diagnosed with early Rheumatoid Arthritis. I developed this blog to share my experience living with this disease. I also want to create awareness that arthritis is not a disease just for the elderly. Young people are susceptible and can suffer just as much. It is a debilitating disease that destroys lives. It affects employment, personal relationships and can cause depression. Knowledge is power. The more you learn about your situation, you can live a fulfilling life despite your disease. Sometimes you must learn to let your old life die and create a new one, like a re-birth.
Read More: http://theoldladyinmybones.com/
Ankylosing Spondylitis like all chronic conditions becomes your life, but this doesn’t mean you life has to become your condition. This blog is a way of not only spreading awareness of the condition, but as a way of showing the world (and myself) the lengths we go to to manage our condition, and how we can enjoy doing so in the process.
Read More: http://endlesstrax.com/
This blog details the quest to finding gorgeous, stylish shoes minus the platform, the 6-8 inches and the pain and inevitable injury that comes with every inch. For all young women who stylishly live with a debilitating, disabling, painful illness. Here’s to us! And our beautifully adorned feet;)
Read More: http://farewellstiletto.blogspot.com/
Struggling with Rheumatoid Arthritis
This blog is dedicated to a journey I have been on for nearly the past 10 years. Some of the journey has been good, other times not so good. But all along, I have learned a lot, met a lot of friends and even laughed a little. Here is the story of my Struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Read More: http://strugglingwithrheumatoidarthritis.blogspot.com/
Life with Arthritis
We all want to believe in a better future but trying to be positive about the future isn’t easy when the present is so hard. The feelings of hopelessness, sadness and loneliness are so strong it’s hard to believe I will overcome them. I want to believe things will get better but I can’t. Struggling through depression the last few years has been difficult enough, but now I’m suffering with an actual physical illness that I’m finding really hard to cope with. I wish I was strong enough to deal with the daily struggles I am faced with, but having been depressed for about eight years now I haven’t the emotional strength or the spirit I need to help myself.
Read More: http://aisla78.blogspot.ie/
“I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2008 and started this portrait project of people who have RA and other autoimmune diseases as a way to cope with my illness and spread awareness about invisible illnesses. My hope for this project is to show the world that there are a lot of younger people out there who are dealing with complicated and often painful chronic illnesses. Also, I think it is so important for the newly diagnosed to be able to see all of these beautiful, happy faces and know that they are not alone.”