Making lemonade…

A year ago, I wrote a book about my dog, Georgia Grace.  Georgia is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lives with multiple, serious chronic illnesses including the top 3:  Syringomyelia, Chronic Valvular Heart Disease, and Diabetes.   I was told her life expectancy was three years.  Today, she is 10 years, 6 months and […]

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A senseless goodbye…

I lost someone I love to drug addiction.  It started with an addiction to prescription pain meds.  He injured his ankle years ago and struggled with the pain.  I figured out he was an addict after I had surgery to repair my broken ankle.  He asked me what medication I was given and I told […]

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Sorry for smiling….

Recently, social media has been buzzing with the warning that the government will soon be using social media tracking to crack down on disability fraud.  I wouldn’t say this is surprising.  People have been spying on the disabled for years.  Growing up, I always heard how people “faked disability” to milk the system.  My family […]

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Who knows best…

Insurance is a blessing and a curse in my life.  I’m grateful to have coverage, but so frustrated a the antiquated system of step therapy that they industry still holds valid. I’ve written before about suffering for 7 years before finding a biologic drug that made me feel somewhat human again.  Why?  Because I had […]

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Abled People Are From Mars, Disabled People Are From Venus….

I’ve been documenting my journey with my broken foot. It’s been frustrating, painful, and difficult to say the least. Non-weight bearing is hard when you don’t have autoimmune arthritis, but when you do, it’s nearly overwhelming. When I found out my foot hadn’t healed, I decided to stay at my parents’ house over the Christmas […]

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RA Blog Week 2018: The good, the bad, and the ugly…

I am proud to participate in the 4th annual RA Blog Week.  Thanks to Rick Phillips for organizing this event every year. Day 1 Prompt: The Medicine – Patients with autoimmune disease often are not treated well by Doctors and Pharmacists when we ask for or receive prescription pain medicine.  What has been your experience?   Share […]

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As the list goes on…

In addition to my autoimmune arthritis and other chronic illnesses, I’ve written about my skin issues. Right before my diagnosis of Sjogren’s syndrome, I was diagnosed with a benign skin disease called DSAP (disseminated superficial actinic porokerotosis).  I basically get these little circles on my skin. They get hard and sometimes flake.  Over time, they […]

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Patients losing patience…

I’ve written many times about my fear of losing health insurance due to my pre-existing conditions.  Recently, the Justice Department has decided to not defend the Affordable Care Act in court.  Without defense the ACA could be determined to be unconstitutional, thus illuminating the protections put in place for people with pre-existing conditions.  According the […]

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For those who’ve been rejected…

I honestly don’t know where to start.  I just saw a headline about Aetna Insurance.  Basically, a former medical director, who was also a doctor, admitted under oath that he never read a patient’s chart before denying or approving coverage of treatments.  Instead, he followed what he stated was “Aetna training” in which nurses would […]

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Time to fight….

This is an updated version of my post regarding insurance “I preexist therefore I am…” and a longer version of my “The Mighty” piece : How AHCA, Repeal of ACA Could Affect Me With Preexisting Conditions.  I am reeling over the Senate vote to repeal or replace ObamaCare today.  I firmly believe the law needed improvement, […]

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