02 - Lets Feel Better w/ Ilana Jacqueline

In episode 02, Ilana talks about failing alternative medicine, how she manages her career, blogging and her work for Global Genes, the horrors of GI testing, crying in parking lots, and attempting wedding planning while living with a very unpredictable, and very time consuming chronic illness.

She lives with a primary immune deficiency disease, dysautonomia, and gastroparesis.

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Listen to the Dysautonomia Series

I am SO excited to finally be able to share some of what we've been working on. We're releasing a new episode every day this week to honor Dysautonomia Awareness Month. I am SO excited to finally be able to share some of what we've been working on. We've releasing a new episode every day this week to honor Dysautonomia Awareness Month. Each of the episodes are with dysautonomia patients that have different primary diagnoses and stories to share. We looked at dysautonomia in the setting of autoimmune disease, immune deficiency,  the genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, and Arnold Chiari Malformation, a structural defect when the brain meets the spine.areness Month. I'll be updating this post as we add the rest of the episodes.

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Grief and Everything, All at Once.

One of the challenges of living with complex chronic illness is that when one thing goes wrong, an avalanche of problems is soon to follow. At least that's been my experience, just about every single time I get what I call "regular people sick." This includes things like colds, the flu, sinus infections, and my recent nemesis, the stomach virus. A stomach virus that showed up just in time to help my dysautonomia make me very aware of it for Dysautonomia Awareness Month, and the two year anniversary of a medical procedure that was supposed to be simple and routine, but turned out to be anything but routine and simple.

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October is Dysautonomia Awareness Month

Unfortunately, a lot of people still have never heard of dysautonomia, or the various conditions that fall under its umbrella. Dysautonomia is a blanket term that covers conditions resulting in autonomic dysfunction. Your Autonomic Nervous System is responsible for a lot of the things that are supposed to happen in your body automatically; things like your heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, sending your blood to where your body needs it the most at any given time, and can affect just about any system in the body. For many with autonomic disorders, it can make the simple act of standing up a very dangerous game.

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