Before 2013, Lula* was living a happy life. She was an active, lively person who loved being outside. She was a hiker, a gardener and had just gotten married, life was pretty great.
But one day, Lula woke up and realized that her feet had gone completely numb, she couldn’t remember the last time she had felt them.
Continue reading A Numb Pain: Patient Lula’s Story
Tori* was an active person who used to working out frequently. One day while working out, she was suddenly struck with a crippling dizziness that would stick with her for 7 years.
Continue reading Make The Spinning Stop: Patient Tori’s Story
“Well, that’s quite a rash you have there”
“Yes, it is–what is it?”
“That sounds serious?”
“It’s nothing to worry about”
“So, what do I do about it?”
“Nothing, it’ll go away on it’s own.”
Continue reading The Do Nothing Diangosis
Most people think that the hardest part of Alzheimers is watching someone you love deteriorate before your eyes. Alzheimer’s systematically takes away each quality that you love about that person, ticking each element off each piece of their character off like it’s a check list, one by one, until there is nothing left but the hollow shell of the person they once were.
With my experience, I found that my biggest Alzheimer’s heart break wasn’t with the patient, but with the care taker.
Continue reading The Victims of Alzheimer’s
Your outfit of the day, your #OOTD, your power suit, your perfect desk to date wear, it sounds like such a small thing to be able to wear something that you are proud of and feel good in to work, but the second that is taken away from you, you realize it makes all the difference. It changes your attitude, your demeanor and how you carry yourself amongst your co-workers, customers or in this case, your patients.
Continue reading Your Wardrobe Upgrade Is Here
Before falling ill, Mac* was an incredibly active person. He enjoyed participating in biathlons, scuba diving, and adventurous traveling, just to name a few.
In October of 1996, Mac traveled from Victoria Falls to the south of France and then to Cancun and somewhere along the way, he contracted a virus and began feeling constantly fatigued.
Continue reading Hard to Hear, Better to Know
Jennifer was experiencing incredibly weak and painful muscles and joints. She would experience extreme stiffness when trying to stand and was generally very sore all over her body. On top of that she was experiencing constant confusion, dizziness, chronic fatigue, tingling down her legs and arms, burning feet and drastic bowel changes.
Continue reading The Persistent Patient: A Lesson In Taking Back Your Health Care
Starting in 2008, Mahrta* started to feel pain on the right side of her face. Starting out as shooting pain pulsing behind her eyes, the pain eventually traveled to the side of her nose and even to her teeth. Everyday tasks such as brushing and flossing her teeth, washing her face and hair, putting on make-up and even sleeping in certain ways proved to be impossible because of the pain. At times, this pain would bring her to uncontrollable tears.
Continue reading A Very Real Pain Acknowledged
When patient Lenard* was a medical student, he noticed a lesion on his shin that at first glance appeared to be dry skin. Unlike dry skin, though, this condition proved to be anything, but temporary and persisted for months.
Continue reading 14 Years to Diagnosis: A CrowdMed Patient Success Story
As a manager, it’s hard to watch an employee suffer from a chronic illness with no answers. It’s even harder to approach them about the work-related issues that are often caused by such an illness.
At CrowdMed, we believe that the biggest flaw in the healthcare system is the expectation that one doctor has all the answers. There are so many diseases and symptoms, it is impossible for one doctor to know them all. So your employees often end up bouncing from doctor-to-doctor over months or even years, causing unnecessary stress, absenteeism, and reduced work productivity.
Continue reading Managing Chronic Illness in the Work Place