About bgw for #MedX

This project was produced for the 2016 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Storyteller Track: I am an artist, health advocate and podcaster who has lived with complex chronic illness, and the chronic uncertainty that comes along with it, for more than two decades. As someone juggling multiple invisible illnesses, much of my work has been about visibility, and making visible what has previously been unseen. In my attempts to seek diagnoses and validation, I have used many of the quantitative symptom tracking apps that have been available for iOS in recent years. The Instagram account, @bimpsegetsweird, is my attempt at qualitative self tracking to better capture my quality of life, which has too often been underrepresented in other self tracking data.

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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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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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Invisible Illness Awareness Week - Day One Recap

Day one of Invisible Illness Awareness Week was quite a doozy. So much so that my day two has so far consisted of sleeping until 1pm and attempting to recover with lots of Gatorade, and more rest. Below is a round up of some of what I participated in yesterday.

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Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2015

We are launching the In Sickness + In Health blog ahead of Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2015. We will be participating in #iiw15 here on the blog and on social media throughout September in the run up to the official awareness week.

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