Hello, my name is Susan. I help people with chronic illnesses build the healthy living plan just for them. I’m a licensed psychologist and I live with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease.
It’s a great combination because I have a unique perspective: I see issues facing those of us with chronic illness from the perspectives of clinician, researcher, and patient.
For years I had a combination of symptoms that didn’t seem to make sense. I was convinced I was doing something wrong, so I tried to lifestyle my way into feeling better. The symptoms didn’t go away, and in fact some got worse.
After years of wondering if I was among the “worried well”, I found a doctor who dug in deep and found the unifying reason: Sjogren’s Syndrome. When this finally happened, a whole new journey began. I learned that while lifestyle choices are vitally important, the cookie-cutter approaches I was using were wrong for me.
When Sjogren’s Syndrome (any autoimmune disease) isn’t going away, it’s time to find new opportunities to reshape and expand the boundaries of what we thought we were capable of. I truly believe everyone deserves to, and can, implement lifestyle improvements to help us reduce the impact of (and risk for more) long-term illnesses
Living with conditions that aren’t going away. Great for sharing with family so they have a better understanding of your experience.
All about diet and exercise: Healthy living tips when you’re always feeling sick.
Having an autoimmune disorder is linked to increased risks of other long-term diseases.