53-Year-Old Stroke Survivor : “I’m a new me”

By Wendy Wolstencroft It was June 2017. I felt totally well. I had been to the gym and was driving to see a friend. I suddenly came to in the car and felt incredibly dizzy, couldn’t see properly, and vomited several times. I was drifting in and out of consciousness. Luckily for me our neighbours … Read more>>

Heart Attack Survivor Walks England’s Grand Union Canal

By Jim Elston I was born in 1960 in London and now live on the Isle of Wight, located off England’s south coast, with my partner and best friend, Ruby. A combination of lifestyle choices, smoking, drinking, late nights playing with my band, and holding down a “real” job meant that something had to give … Read more>>

Surviving Lung Cancer with Support from Online Community

By Lesley Booth In this month’s blog post, Lesley Booth shares her story of being diagnosed with and treated for lung cancer. She credits HealthUnlocked’s Quit Support online community for helping her through the many challenges she faced. On April 5, 2012, I turned 63. The week before I got a terrible chest infection, which made me … Read more>>

Metastatic Melanoma: My Journey

By Ryan Cumberland May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and this month Ryan Cumberland shares his story of being diagnosed and treated for melanoma, which is the most serious type of skin cancer. More than 106,000 Americans are estimated to be diagnosed with new melanomas in 2021, according to the Melanoma Research Alliance. I am … Read more>>

From Stuntwoman and Triathlete to Parkinson’s Patient

By Kathryn Dion In this blog post, Kathryn Dion shares her story of being diagnosed and treated for Parkinson’s Disease, a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s Disease, according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. “It is good to … Read more>>

Surviving Esophageal Cancer: “I’ve kept my promise”

By Karen Wells April is Esophageal Cancer Month, and in this blog post, Karen Wells shares her story of being diagnosed and treated for esophageal cancer. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, of the estimated 18,440 Americans living with esophageal cancer, 16,170 died of the disease in 2020, making it one of the … Read more>>

Overcoming Depression through Self-Awareness

By Nina Sabin In this blog post, guest blogger Nina Sabin shares her journey of overcoming years of depression by seeking medical treatment and getting to know herself better. Major depressive disorder affects approximately 17.3 million American adults, or about 7.1 percent of the U.S. population age 18 or older, in a given year, according … Read more>>

Leukemia Cure Leads to Graft versus Host Disease

By Luis Felipe Zuniga In this blog post, Luis Felipe Zuniga shares his story of undergoing a bone marrow transplant that resulted in the chronic condition of Graft versus Host Disease, a rare condition that occurs when donor bone marrow or stem cells attack the recipient. My first symptom of cancer happened when I was … Read more>>

Two Healthy 35-Year-Olds Share Their COVID-19 Story

By Meagan Nair In this blog post, Meagan Nair shares her experience of contracting COVID-19 and caring for her boyfriend, Michael, who became severely ill with the virus and ended up in the Intensive Care Unit. Both Meagan and Michael are 35 years old and in good health. The week of Thanksgiving began like any … Read more>>

Dystonia, Gastroparesis, and Stiff Person Syndrome: Navigating My Ever-Changing Life

By Patricia Antion In this blog post, guest blogger Patricia Antion shares the story of how her life has been altered by the illness, pain, and muscle spasms she experienced over a period of years that eventually led to her being diagnosed with dystonia, a movement disorder, gastroparesis, a digestive disorder affecting the stomach muscles, … Read more>>