The Mental and Physical Effects of Living With Lupus

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that develops when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs because it cannot distinguish between foreign invaders and healthy tissues. Inflammation caused by lupus can damage your skin, joints, and organs. Since the symptoms of lupus vary between individuals, it can be difficult to diagnose. Many…

Finding Relief from Fibromyalgia Pain

After suffering from symptoms for 3 years without answers, Mandi Spross, a 40-year-old mom of two, was finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas, Fibromyalgia can be a debilitating condition. Spross is currently trying to get disability as she can no longer work given her symptoms. "Most days, I am…

How Hot Weather Impacts Chronic Pain

High heat and humidity can make even the healthiest individuals feel sluggish, tired and achy, but those with chronic pain conditions are especially susceptible to the negative effects of extreme heat. If you suffer from a chronic pain condition, you may have difficulty regulating your system with extreme changes in temperature. You may experience changes…

Monarchs: The Truth Behind Their Disappearance

Perhaps no other butterfly is quite as iconic as the monarch, his characteristic orange and black markings brilliant against a summer-blue sky. However, this beautiful sight is sadly in danger of disappearing, as Monarch Butterflies are decreasing at an alarming rate. Research published this year from the WWF-Telcel Alliance and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve…

Chronic Illness: What You Should Know

When someone you love is hurting or suffering, you may feel completely helpless. You may be afraid to do or say the wrong thing, push them too hard, or even spend time together. It is normal to feel uneasy about caring for a loved one with a chronic illness. Here’s what you should know about those…