Latest Posts from Gillian Freney

Looking Fine and Feeling Not-Fine: Living with Invisible Symptoms

Looking Fine and Feeling Not-Fine: Living with Invisible Symptoms

An acquaintance recently asked me, “Isn’t it amazing how we take our good health for granted? How we don’t even have to think about moving through ...

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RA and COVID: Fear and Hope

RA and COVID: Fear and Hope

Uncertainty is baked into living with chronic conditions. Feeling well is not a given when you have RA. The prospect of physical limitation forever ...

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My Sjögren's Experience

My Sjögren's Experience

I have Sjögren's (pronounced “show-grins”). It’s a common, systemic autoimmune disease. It frequently affects people with other autoimmune diseases, including ...

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Communicating With Doctors

Communicating With Doctors

I’m not sure what I expected from doctors before I became a person who spends an unreasonable amount of time in their exam rooms. I suppose I pictured ...

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Me, My Health & the Internet

Me, My Health & the Internet

My relationship with internet research was complicated by success. I scoured medical research online for years, searching for (and ultimately finding) an explanation ...

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Putting Popular Culture’s Health Messages in Perspective

Putting Popular Culture’s Health Messages in Perspective

Pop culture health tropes make me cringe. Exclamation points are mandatory. There’s the personal-mastery variety: “Take charge of your health!” ...

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