Katharine and the Heimerdinger Foundation

There is a reason why mom’s homemade chicken soup tastes even better when you’re muddling through a cold. Wellness through whole, balanced nutrition has become a cornerstone to successful recovery programs for every diagnosis under the sun. With anti-inflammatory properties, the ability to boost the immune system, and necessary vitamins and minerals, eating right, especially…

Carol

Last week, I shared two stories from Patient Brigade members at the University of Chicago Cancer Center. For the final story in this series, I am highlighting a different take on the unsung heroes in Cancer Care.  The familiar narrative for treatment of a cancer diagnosis is that the process can be physically, emotionally, and…

Angela

If you have ever stepped foot into a public health classroom, the odds are that you have discussed the concept of social determinants of health. This is the cornerstone of epidemiology, the study of health in various populations. Race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity, among other demographics, follow a gradient of positive…

Alicia

An aspiring artist and established disability advocate, I first came across Alicia on a whim through Twitter. Her posts first signified a commitment to assisting individuals in receiving necessary caregiver services through Ohio’s Medicaid program. Meeting her in Akron opened my eyes to the hurdles those with disabilities jump through to maintain independence.  When most…

Claudia

It is perhaps the greatest public health crisis of modern times. The opioid epidemic has ripped through families across the United States with unprecedented speed and destruction. Overdoses, primarily caused by heroin and synthetic opioids laced with fentanyl, have led to over 400,000 deaths in the past 20 years.  Nearly everyone has been touched in one…

Tara

You would think that diagnosis would be the easy part of starting a medical journey. After going to a doctor and rattling off your symptoms, they would narrow it down and come up with the underlying cause of your illness. Hopefully, they would be able to treat you.  For Tara, the road to diagnosis wasn’t…