Chronic Illness : What I Wish Others Knew

Chronic Illness is an incredibly diverse and broad term. It's widely used as an universal label to categorize an illness that just won't go away (in the simplest of terms). It's something you live with for a long time, if not the rest of your natural life. Long story short, it's a sh*t hand to…

Lumbar Puncture

A spinal tap/lumbar puncture is performed in your lower back, in the lumbar region. During lumbar puncture, a needle is inserted between two lumbar bones (vertebrae) to remove a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. Information gathered from a lumbar puncture can help diagnose: Serious bacterial, fungal and viral infections, including meningitis, encephalitis and syphilis Bleeding around the…

4 Goals Before 30: How Chronic Illness Has Set Me Back

Living with my chronic illness will always be an uphill battle. I've realized recently I've let that hold me back in life. Some of it I can control, a lot of it I can't. Setbacks like hospitalizations, 5 day migraines, days where I can't get out of bed, and losing a job because I physically…

Neuropsychological Evaluation: What 3 years of seizures did to my brain

A neuropsychological evaluation is a series of tests that evaluate how a patient is doing in mental and physical aspects of life like: intelligence, executive functions (such as planning, abstraction, conceptualization), attention, memory, language, perception, sensorimotor functions, motivation, mood state and emotion, quality of life, and personality styles - med.unc.edu For me it was a pretty generalized…