Chronic illness is on the rise, now more than ever before; a staggering number of Americans—about half—have now been diagnosed with recurrent health conditions like asthma, diabetes, food allergies, thyroid imbalances, gastrointestinal problems, Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders…the list goes on. These health complications are affecting the way millions of Americans (young and old alike!) manage their lives on a daily basis. It's an epidemic that needs our attention! As a former "sick chick" who's been to battle with chronic illness (and lived to tell the tale!) I know how real the struggle truly is.
My long and winding journey through the modern medical landscape taught me so much about health, happiness, and strength. And let me tell you, chronic illness is one tough teacher! Here's what I learned: