What’s in My Chronic Illness Day Bag?

Chronic illness day bag of essentials

Warmer weather and summer are here, bringing vacations, day trips, and other fun adventures with them. Mike and I are big fans of taking day trips on the weekends. It gives us a chance to explore somewhere new in New York City or within a reasonable traveling distance outside of…

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How I’m Doing 3 Years After My POTS Diagnosis

pots diagnosis reflection

April is a memorable month for me. And not just because I love spring and fresh flower blossoms and a world thawing from winter. The month also marks an important anniversary for me. Can you guess it from this post’s title? It’s when I received my POTS diagnosis and put…

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7 Tips to Prepare For a Doctor’s Appointment

tips to prepare for a doctor's appointment

Hi, friends! Today I want to talk about how to prepare for a doctor’s appointment, especially if it’s the first visit with a new doctor. Going to a new doctor can cause anxiety for some (like me!). Whether you’ve waited a long time for your appointment, or you’re worried about…

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How I Got Back to Running With POTS

running with POTS

If you put the words “running” and “POTS” together, it looks and sounds a bit contradictory. They are two words that don’t seem to go together, given what POTS is and the taxing nature of running. But running with POTS, at least in my experience, doesn’t have to be impossible…

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Handling The Holidays With A Chronic Illness

Preparing for the holidays with chronic illness

It’s the holiday season! This really is my favorite time of the year. I hate winter and the cold, but I love the magic of the season and all the fun holiday-themed activities. But this time of year also means that we attend or host gatherings. And sometimes, all these…

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9 Tips For Monitoring Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

Self-monitoring blood pressure and heart rate at home

Self-monitoring blood pressure and heart rate is an important factor in monitoring multiple aspects of your health. It’s even more important if you have a chronic illness that affects either of these values or if you already have high or low blood pressure. Even training athletes can benefit from self-monitoring…

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Getting Through Bad Days When Chronically Ill

Bad days are bound to happen with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) and other chronic illnesses, no matter where you are in treatment. It’s hard to accept bad days when you’re amid a slew of them. It’s even harder, in my experience, to get through bad days after a long…

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