Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin, Kelsey O’Donoghue Imagine attending a workout class in which you warm up with stretching…seems pretty normal, right? Now imagine continuing to stretch for the whole class. Studios selling this concept are popping up around the nation - classes composed entirely of stretching are becoming more and… Continue reading Stretching: More than just a warm-up?
Does this photograph look familiar to you? Chances are high that it may - it features Michael Phelps in his natural habitat, an olympic pool, at the Rio Olympics last year. What may be less familiar are the circular bruises on his right shoulder. These peculiar markings are the result of an alternative medical practice called… Continue reading How Fascia is Linked to Your Chronic Pain
About Us: Although digital health commands $4B in funding, autoimmune diseases have remained wallflowers at the party. So, how do we make this lonely world of autoimmune disease not so lonely? Currently, there is a huge unmet need in autoimmune disease. These not-obvious - under the surface - invisible - diseases cause 50 million patients… Continue reading Autoimmunity Voices
Continuing Briane’s story, she gives us another perspective on college life and autoimmunity. From her struggles, sacrifices, and positive outlook, Briane turns her story into one of inspiration and advice. –Do you have everyday struggles?– You know that feeling when you have a cold and your body is extra achy and tired because it’s using… Continue reading The Autoimmune Masquerade
Briane has fibromyalgia and is currently a UCLA student who started up a community group called You Are Not Alone. Her story chronicles the challenges of an invisible disease; if she had known about fibromyalgia earlier, perhaps she could’ve prevented the intensity. Yet, despite all the pain and cut backs from fibromyalgia, her perspective became… Continue reading Forced to Slow Down: Living with an Invisible Disease in College
– “How has your life changed after diagnosis?” – “Before diagnosis, I was a very active person. Immediately after diagnosis, my life changed drastically. My activity level decreased to the point I was basically housebound and on many days, I was bed bound. In the eighteen years that have passed, I have been able to… Continue reading The World Isn’t an Easy Place
When I was first diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases, my first thought was, “What am I going to do?” My doctors really didn’t have an answer. Next, I thought, “Why me?” Again, there were no true answers. My thinking stayed in the “Why me?” stage for many years along with anger and depression. Slowly, I… Continue reading Why Me?
Trying to cope with the symptoms of chronic disease can be like sailing uncharted waters. Joey Tuan experienced this firsthand; an active young man just embarking on a promising career as a consultant, Tuan was struck down by a debilitating flu in the midst of a 17 mile hike. To the perplexity of Tuan and… Continue reading HealClick: Patients Sharing with a Purpose
How would you feel if, after years of searching for a diagnosis, you finally found out you have an autoimmune disease, and then you realized that your doctors will have to experiment on you to find the right treatment? That’s the state of the art today in autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, Lupus, and MS. At… Continue reading The Lonely Universe of Autoimmune Diseases and Hope for the Future