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Selena

Los Angeles, California
Born in the 60s. West L.A. is home. Wife, sister, friend, homeowner, neighbor, cat and dog lover. UCLA Alumna x2 ... go Bruins! Good sense of humor!  Likes:  80s music, books, writing, gardening, arts and crafts.  Dislikes:  Red tape, rude people, bad drivers and bad hair... Full Bio
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Will You Be Able to Afford Your New Health Insurance? by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Last November I wrote about my displeasure with the changes coming in 2013 to medical flexible spending accounts (FSA), the result of more provisions of the Patient P ... Read on »
Ready to See Where Life With Chronic Illness Will Take You in 2013? by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Wow, time sure does fly!  I can't believe that 2012 is over already.  Really.  I feel like I got so little done and missed out on a lot of things last year because of ... Read on »
Selena's 2012 Holiday Message by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Hi! It's Selena from the blog Oh My Aches and Pains and I'm recording this video today to show you how I'm doing four months post Hepatitis C t ... Read on »
Confessions of a Night Owl: Living with Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness "Dawn is when men of reason go to bed"  ~Ambrose Bierce Recently I've moved from Perth, Australia to Los Angeles. O.K., so not literally, but definitely in ... Read on »
Let Me Give Thanks! #Iamthankful #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness As I am writing this, I can smell all the good food cooking away in my crockpots: a turkey breast with veggies and potatoes in one and a crockpot apple pie in the othe ... Read on »
Not the Only One With Chronic Illness #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness This weekend I learned that I am not the only one with chronic illness in my household.  Our little brown terrier mix Theodor was just diagnosed with  Addison's diseas ... Read on »
Strive to Grow Where You Are Planted, Despite Your Chronic Illness #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness This photo was taken in May 1974 by Chief Bwana . Look at this picture of a tree and what do you see? If you are familiar with the photographer ... Read on »
My Favorite Hepatitis C Health Activist: Lucinda Porter, RN #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness I've seen the name Lucinda Porter, RN for a long time.  You see, she is a regular contributor to the HCV Advocate website and newsletter, which has been my trusted sou ... Read on »
Today is World Diabetes Day 2012 #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness One of my many chronic illnesses is diabetes, so I want to take some time today to acknowledge and celebrate World Diabetes Day 2012. How I Learned I Had ... Read on »
My Favorite Smart Phone Health App #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Do you often ask yourself, "Did I take my last dose of X?"  Well then, this is the app for you! The main function of the Med Helper app is to help you create a s ... Read on »
Health Activist Soapbox: Health Care Reform Needs Reform! #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness I'm of the opinion that we rarely get things right on the first attempt.  I think it isn't until we give it a go for several rounds that we finally get closer to wh ... Read on »
If I Could Wear My Pain Like Clothing #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness If I could wear my pain like clothing, this is what you'd see. Read on »
Thoughts on Sharing About My Health in Social Media #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Why yes, I do a lot of sharing about my health in social media.  What I share and how I share it has definitely been a "decide as I go" process because, by nature, ... Read on »
My Comfort Care Pack for Fibromyalgia #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Wondering what to get your friend or family member who has recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia?  Here are my suggestions for putting together a comfort care pack ... Read on »
A Letter to My Dearest Companion and Friend #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness My dearest companion and friend, I don't say this often enough...thank you for always doing your best for me. You and me, we both have our faults and fai ... Read on »
Creating Better Doctors' Offices for Better Healthcare Experiences #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness I spend way too much time going to see doctors.  Given that my usual trips leave me with plenty of time of soak up the scenery--or lack thereof--while waiting patie ... Read on »
Is There a Healthcare "High Road" When You Are Chronically Ill? #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness Lately I've been wondering if there really is a "high road" when it comes to dealing with the health care system when you live with chronic illness, especially in l ... Read on »
Lists of 3: Thankful, Excited & Inspired #Listof3 #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness 3 Things I Am Thankful For My husband who loves and supports me no matter what.  We have so much fun together and we are truly each other's best friend.  He w ... Read on »
The Cool Diabetes Cases in My Backpack #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness As a type 2 diabetic that was recently switched to insulin to control her blood sugars, I've needed to add some new items to my backpack-style purse when I leave the house. ... Read on »
Why Aren't There Any New Fibromyalgia Drugs in 2012? #NHBPM by Selena Facebook Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Illness So I was wondering just the other day why I haven't seen any commercials for new fibromyalgia drugs in a while. A few years ago I thought we were on a roll.  Aft ... Read on »