The surprising hormone that protects against heart disease

November 21, 2019 at 08:30PM by CWC You may go days (or even weeks or years) at a time without thinking about your hormones. For example, estrogen is well-known primary hormone produced by your ovaries, adrenal glands, and fat tissues that’s primarily associated with the vital role it plays during puberty. But it affects your … Continue reading The surprising hormone that protects against heart disease

My long hair helped me feel strong against Lyme disease—here’s why I cut it

November 04, 2019 at 11:30PM by CWC I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and babesiosis (a parasite-spread disease similar to malaria) in 2017 after years of weathering mysterious symptoms. The conditions compromised my mobility, cognition, digestion, and overall ability to function, and the many medications I took also took their toll on my physical strength … Continue reading My long hair helped me feel strong against Lyme disease—here’s why I cut it

Why other diseases deserve the breast cancer ‘pink ribbon’ treatment

October 31, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC It’s the end of October, which means that for the past month, pink ribbons have adorned store windows, we’ve been encouraged to “think pink,” and cutesy hashtags like #savethetatas and #pinktober popped up on Twitter and Insta like daisies. All are hallmarks of the annual event that is … Continue reading Why other diseases deserve the breast cancer ‘pink ribbon’ treatment

Dating with a chronic illness taught me that I am more than my disease

June 19, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC After years of enduring dead-end doctor’s visits with the goal of treating my mystery health issues, a sudden acceleration of symptoms finally leads me to a diagnosis on a fateful day in July: Lyme disease (with co-infections). At the sickest I’d ever been and at the precipice of … Continue reading Dating with a chronic illness taught me that I am more than my disease

It took doctors 20 years to diagnose my Lyme disease—here’s what I wish I knew during that time

April 30, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC I used to brag that I was the only person in my family who’d never had Lyme disease. Turns out I should have been bragging that I was the only one never diagnosed with it. Because I had Lyme disease, alright. Symptoms like pain and tingling, digestive problems, … Continue reading It took doctors 20 years to diagnose my Lyme disease—here’s what I wish I knew during that time