An apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away?

Every doctor and nutritionist and health guru will tell you to eat more fruits and veggies - preferably organic and non-gmo. While I am all for this type of diet, it's not always helpful for people with mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). MCAS is where your body inappropriately releases histamine and other inflammatory substances causing allergic-type …

5 Reasons Why I Find Facebook Support Groups (Mostly) Unhelpful

Anyone suffering from a chronic illness knows the importance of having lots of resources at your disposal. If you're anything like me, Google is your best friend and sometimes this leads you to online support groups. They can be a great resource, especially for people who cannot leave their home. Facebook offers a wide range …

A Blue Christmas

During the holiday season, a lot of people struggle with feelings of sadness and inadequacy. That's why I'm sharing this great blog post by Hannah Brencher, whose site you can find here. May your holidays be filled with peace and love, even amidst the sadness. ❤💜💛💚🤞🙏Stephen   MONDAY #196: put those blinders on. I have a …

When Transformation Leaves You Unable to Recognize Yourself

Transformation is usually seen as a good thing. But what happens when the transformational process leaves you unable to recognize your new self? Chronic illness can be a lot like that. Take the butterfly, for instance. It’s one of the most common symbols for the transformation process and for spiritual rebirths and awakenings. When I went through …

Living With Pride

"We are as diverse as the rainbows that fill the sky." To celebrate Pride Month in June, we wanted to highlight the unique experiences of the members of our chronic illness community who are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Today’s email is by Stephen Fratello, a Mighty contributor who lives with chronic conditions including mast …

Please Don’t Anger Shame Chronically Ill People

Nobody likes to be around angry people. I think that is a given. So, let me start off with a clarification. I am not promoting being a bitter and nasty person. I am coming to the defense of those of us who are chronically ill, sometimes with rare diseases, who are angry for various valid …

Opening Prayer For the Colorado State House in the Aftermath of a Tragedy, February 15, 2018

Our God and God of all people, God of the Rich and God of the poor. God of the teacher and God of the student. God of the families who wait in horror. God of the dispatcher who hears screams of terror from under bloodied desks. God of the first responder who bravely creeps through …

You Can’t Blame Gun Control Issues on the Mentally Ill

I have a mental illness. I have depression. I have anxiety. I do NOT kill people. Mental illness is not the reason innocent lives are being taken senselessly -- guns are. As someone with a mental illness, I take great offense when people try to blame lack of gun control on people who have a …

Fat Shaming and Chronic Illness

It's almost mid January and everyone is probably working on their new year's resolutions to work out more or do whatever it is they resolved to do to shed those extra pounds in 2018. Personally, I never make resolutions, but that is a topic for another post. If I did, though, it wouldn't be to lose weight. Not …