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sonyafly

Riverside, California
I fell ill with what I now know is Lyme Disease.  I never remember being bitten by a tick (just a flea or a mosquito) and I never had the EM rash.  It took about 3 months to get diagnosed by my wonderful Internist that actually believed me when I told him I was sick.  I had been to several docs & told I needed an anti-depressant.  I was even told not to come back to a...

Forgetful Girl

-, United Kingdom
Forgetful Girl is in her early 20s, living with post-viral CFS in the UK. She first became ill with Glandular Fever , but was diagnosed with CFS/ME a few years later. It's a misunderstood condition, but one that changes your outlook on life. Forgetful Girl finds having a positive frame of mind really helps. Although fatigue is one of the major symptoms for her, she also has to contend with a...

Molly Patient Expert

Portland, Oregon
In early 2005, I was 28 years old and just beginning to break into a career as an opera singer. I had received contracts for three main stage productions, a culmination of ten years of work toward my goal of making opera my life's work. I was at a turning point; these performances could make or break my budding career. One morning in March of that year, I woke, stood up, and passed out,...
Communities: General Medicine, Lupus

Kate McLaughlin. Patient ExpertHealth Maven

Tucson, Arizona
I am an educator, writer, author, speaker and mental health advocate. My goals are to be loving, educate, encourage, empower those affected by mental illness, abolish mental illness myths & misunderstandings, eradicate stigma surrounding diseases of the brain,write creatively, speak provocatively, live passionately, and inspire hope. In addition to managing my own website, I regularly...

Jenny M. Patient ExpertHealth Maven

Oneonta, New York
I was born and raised in NYC. I now am 39 and live in upstate NY with my husband and 2 children. I was chronically ill and in chronic pain for over 6 years. I healed myself after learning about the mind/body connection and the law of attraction. I wrote an ebook on the method I adopted and now maintain a blog on healing pain naturally (physical and emotional).

Dr. Jonathan Holt Doctor of OsteopathyHealth Maven

Palo Alto, California
Dr. Holt's practice philosophy focuses on health and wellness in addition to identifying the underlying genetic and genomic contributions to health and illness. Furthermore, Dr. Holt believes in treating the patient as a whole, facilitating the body's inherent ability to heal itself rather than just focusing on the disease process. Dr. Holt also appreciates how the Mind-Body-Spirit connection...
Communities: Genetics

marie dufour RD Registered DieticianHealth Maven

Specialty: registered dietitian (RD)
United States
In my 30-year career as a medical group administrator, meeting over 100,000 patients, I observed that the great majority of illnesses could be avoided or treated by proper nutrition alone. The "obesity epidemic" writing was on the wall, and I decided to do something about it. I went back to school, got a degree in nutrition, got licensed as a registered dietitian, and started to...

Hope Despite Depression Patient ExpertHealth Maven

San Francisco, California
My name is Christine. I have been living with several mental illnesses since childhood. Over the years I have been taught numerous coping methods and techniques. It is my hope that in sharing my stories (along with what I've learned and continue to learn) that others can benefit from them as well.

Dr. Hal S. Doctor of PhilosophyHealth Maven

Grand Blanc, Michigan
Biography I am Dr. Hal Sommerschield. I have my Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. I also have a BA degree from the University of Michigan, a B.D. degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and a M.A. degree from Michigan State University. I decided to become a psychologist after taking a high school class, which introduced me to Sigmund Freud's theories....

jeann

California
My real name is Jean, and I am a female, age 56.  I live in northeast Ohio, and I am interested in art, writing, nature, animal rights and health care rights.  Since 2001, I have been getting progressively disabed, with trouble walking, and muscle pain and stiffness, caused by exertion.  My first symptom was severe pain and stiffness in my sacroiliac area, that spread up my spine...