When gnawing fatigue is cause for greater concern

Everyone feels run down from time to time. Stress, poor sleep, unhealthy eating habits, and lack of exercise are staples for many women juggling the complexities of career and family. But when might gnawing fatigue be cause for greater concern? Many women may be asking this same question after seeing the Oscar-nominated documentary Unrest, a … Continue reading When gnawing fatigue is cause for greater concern

Navigating difficult interactions with a chronic illness

The holidays are stressful for many people, but especially for the chronically ill. For those of us fortunate enough to have family members and friends still in our lives, the holidays can bring out paradoxical feelings of isolation, even when embedded within a family. Many of us have family members and friends who do not … Continue reading Navigating difficult interactions with a chronic illness

Losing a beloved career to a chronic illness

After 11 years of marinating in chronic illness, my ability to work has all but evaporated and I have entered the world of fulltime disability for the first time in my life. This time of year would normally mark a return to university life after the summer break. Right now, my professor colleagues are putting … Continue reading Losing a beloved career to a chronic illness

The danger of pushing yourself on the “good days” of illness

As I waited in the examination room, my excitement grew about seeing one of the world’s leading specialists for my condition, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). I had seen him six months prior and felt that we were finally ready to get down to the business of improving my health. I have been chronically ill for 10 … Continue reading The danger of pushing yourself on the “good days” of illness