Author Archives: Robbie
Author Archives: Robbie
Lupus occurs when something goes awry with your immune system and attacks healthy cells and tissues. When this occurs it can damage many parts of the body including blood vessels, kidneys, skin, joints, heart, lungs, and even the brain.
It is a very debilitating condition, but these bloggers have found a way to live with lupus AND share their journey along the way to inspire others. This is why we have named them, in no particular order, in our Top 15 Lupus Blogs You Should Be Reading In 2016 List.
Luck Fupus is a blog created by MarlaJan who suffers from lupus. Her blog shares her life story as she lives her life with lupus. We like her blog because she continues to survive and thrive in life despite her lupus diagnosis and you can feel the life in her through her writings and super fun blog.
Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus is a nonprofit organization most especially dedicated to Molly, who is coping and living with lupus. Their mission is to educate the public and inform the medical community about lupus. They want those living with lupus to know that they are not alone, they here to support them and dedicated to making a difference.
The Lupus Liar is a blog created by Hetlena “J. H.” Johnson, who was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, known unassumingly as Lupus, in early 1993. Not discouraged, J. H. completed her senior year of high school with honors. She continues to share her tidbits of her remarkable journey with Lupus on her blog and is the author of several books.
Sometimes, it is Lupus is a blog created by Iris Carden, a retired Uniting Church minister and a former journalist, in Australia. She was diagnosed with lupus in 2006. She created this blog to help and give practical advice to others who suffer from lupus.
Lupus Chick was created eight years ago by their Founder Marisa Zeppieri who was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus in 2001. Their mission is to empower younger generations living with Lupus and other invisible illnesses. One of their goals is to educate Lupus patients, their family members, friends, spouses and caregivers about all things Lupus.
Despite Lupus is a blog created by Sara Gorman, a native of Indiana and graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She was diagnosed with systemic lupus in 2001, at the age of 26. She shares her journey on her blog and has written a book detailing her experiences with lupus..
Lupus In Flight is a blog and was created by Shaista Tayabali. It became her lifeline when she was critically ill and also a place where she gathered all the disparate threads of an uneasy life of living with chronic illness. This blog teaches her how to be heard and how to be imaginative while living a solitary life.
Undefeated Diva was created by Christina Polanco, a fiery Latina that doesn’t take “no” for an answer. She was diagnosed with Lupus in March 2011 and have decided to kick it’s ass ever since. She is a warrior and created this blog to raise awareness against Lupus.
Flow on Lupus was created by Miz Flow, a 31 year old female with lupus. This blog discusses her ups, downs and everything in between with Lupus. In spite of the illness, she pushed her dreams with perseverance to finish her studies .
But You Don’t Look Sick was created by Christine Miserandino, an award-winning writer, blogger, speaker and lupus patient advocate. Christine is quoted and is listed as a reference in many books including CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen’s “The Empowered Patient”. Her writing about lupus and her “Spoon Theory” of communicating about chronic illness has been featured in numerous newspapers, magazines, medical newsletters and television media around the world, as well as on her website.
She does it all: soulful singing, awesome spoken word poetry, lyrics for days. She was diagnosed with SLE Lupus in the summer of 2004. She wants to be a testimony to others that no matter what, faith and determination can accomplish any goal.
It’s hard to think of a health problem, like having Lupus, as an adventure, since an adventure could be confused with sounding like such a positive thing. But, the goal of this blog is to give awareness and information to people about lupus.
The Getting Closer to Myself blog was created by Leslie who suffers from lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. She was diagnosed in 2008. She hopes to help others through sharing her experiences with her illness. We like this blog because Leslie is relatable and sincere in her writings and by being completely transparent she helps others who have the illness.
CT Lupus is the blog of the Lupus Foundation of America Connecticut Chapter. The vision of the Lupus Foundation is to have a world without Lupus. The organization’s goal is to use science and medicine to find a cure for lupus. This blog shares everything lupus from recipes to advice from others who suffer with lupus.
Lupus and Humor was created by Carla Ulbrich, also known as the singing patient. Carla has had lupus for over 20 years and shares what helps and doesn’t when living with the chronic illness. She includes humor in her blog, a quality that has consistently been helpful to her throughout her illness.
Congratulations to all who were included in the list! If you know of a great Lupus blog that we missed, please send the name and a short description to robbie[at]healthlisted[dot]com.
Nursing is currently one of the best career paths you should take if you are looking for a job in high demand that needs compassionate and caring individuals. Compassion and care comes naturally for nurses, and that's why so many patients look to them for comfort and a caring attitude during trying times. Here are 10 facts about nursing that every nurse needs to know.
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Employment for nursing is expected to increase by 19% by the year 2020.
The aging population is expected to increase due to advances in medical care, increasing the lifespan of individuals that will depend on nursing care to stay healthy.
The highest paying nursing specialties are: Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist ($133k), General Nurse Practitioner ($97k), and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner ($95k), according to Nurses.org.
Iowa, Oklahoma, and West Virginia top the list for the lowest pay for nurses nationwide. If you’re looking for the highest paying states, California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts tops the list.
Home health care has the largest demand for nursing.
Lots of patients with long term complications depend on nurses to take care of their needs in the comfort of their home.
As of 1998, May 8 has been celebrated as National Student Nurses Day.
National Nurses Week is celebrated each year starting on May 6, and ending on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday.
Nurses can be doctors as well as teachers.
Nurses are not confined to their title as a nurse, but can continue their education to get PhDs in their field of interest.
The population of professional nurses is mostly women but men who are registered nurses has been on the rise, increasing three fold from 2.7% to 9.6% since 1970.
Continuing education hours are required for nurses.
Like a lot of other health care practitioners, nurses are required to keep themselves up to date with the latest protocols and treatment, ensuring they provide safe care at all times.
California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts top the list for highest paying states for nurses.
About 25% of registered nurses work part-time, leaving the opportunity for a better work life balance.
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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that is caused by your pancreas not producing enough insulin. Insulin is a necessary hormone for your body to function properly. It helps your body turn blood sugar into energy.
Here are few fast facts about type 1 diabetes that may surprise you:
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About 23.6 million people in the US have diabetes. Only between 5% and 10% of cases are type 1 diabetes.
Occurrences of type 1 diabetes is increasing at a rate of about 4% each year and more quickly in children under five.
Type 1 diabetes happens when the body's immune system attacks cells in the pancreas that develop insulin.
Researchers have found that geography may play a role in type 1 diabetes. More cases are found in colder weather climates than warm.
Type 1 diabetes is often diagnosed in childhood and stays with a person for the rest of their lives. You can't outgrow type 1 diabetes.
Although mainly present in childhood, type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed in adults too.
Researchers aren't exactly sure what causes type 1 diabetes, but genes , environmental factors, stress, your diet, or even a virus may be triggers.
Closely monitoring and controlling blood glucose levels when you have type 1 diabetes can help avoid complications such as heart disease and kidney problems.
Type 1 diabetes is not your fault. It can happen to anyone and is not caused by what a person’s parents did or did not do.
Many famous people have type 1 diabetes including Jay Cutler (quarterback for the Chicago Bears), Halle Barry, Nick Jonas, and Mary Tyler Moore.
One thing for sure, the Diabetes Blogging community is strong. The candid sharing, love, and support this community shows for one another is inspiring. Years ago, it was difficult finding a place where you could connect with others who had diabetes. Now, you need only type “diabetes blog” in your search engine to find someone you can connect with and understand their journey.
We have compiled a list, in no particular order, of the Top Diabetes Blogs. We were so overwhelmed with the great sharing and support in this community, we are almost sure that we missed some great blogs. At the end of this post, you will find information on how to suggest a blog for inclusion in this list.
Thank you Top 30 for sharing your experiences and connecting the diabetes community!
Bitter Sweet was started by Karen Graffeo. She is a Type 1 Diabetic who shares her thoughts and experiences with diabetes. She started Diabetes Blog Week in 2010 to connect Diabetes Blogs and to help readers gather a large variety of different perspectives on several topics surrounding diabetes. The growth of Diabetes Blog Week has been amazing and it is now in it’s 7th year.
This blog features news, reviews, videos, cartoons, and other types of content that is helpful for people with diabetes. Amy Tenderich is editor of this comprehensive blog and serves as an author and ePatient advocate among other things.
This blog was founded in 2008 by Brandy Barnes, who had been diagnosed with diabetes as a teenager. DiabetesSisters helps women of all ages with educational content and support services to live healthier and fuller lives.
This blog was created by Kim Vlasnik, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of six. She shares her life with diabetes: the good, the bad, and the challenging. She started the You Can Do This Project, an ongoing collection of videos from real people living with diabetes in June 2011.
Project Blue November is a website focused on bring the type 1 diabetes community together. It was started by a group of moms who wanted to come together to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes. Project Blue November’s purpose is to gather helpful ideas and information about type 1 diabetes to the community.
Diabetes Hands Foundation mission is to provide support information, and a sense of belonging to people with diabetes and their loves ones. They provide a platform where people with diabetes and their loved ones can connect and have an open dialog about the condition.
Kelly Kunik is founder of this passionate blog about diabetes. She totes that her biggest weakness, her diabetes, has become her greatest strength and biggest passion. She shares her experiences about her diabetes on her blog.
Meri created this blog to share her and her families’ story about having diabetes. She has 4 sons, 3 of which have Type 1 Diabetes. She shares their ongoing story to help others see that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Meri uses her blog to encourage and to give detailed accounts of her families day to day coping and overcoming of Diabetes.
Kate blogs about her life with Type 2 Diabetes. We like this blog because of Kate’s authenticity when writing about her illness. She is very honest and provides a first hand view of her challenges with Diabetes and what she has done to cope.
This blog was founded by Mollie Singer, who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 4. She shares her ups and downs with living a life with Diabetes. She credits her twin sister and family as being her strongest support system.
The blog owner Scott has Type 1 Diabetes. He writes from the heart relying on emotion, observation, and compassion to tell about his life with Diabetes. He shares his ups and downs, living with Diabetes.
Sue Rericha was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in March of 2008 and has had Gestational Diabetes five times. She writes candidly about her life with Diabetes. She extends her blog work by participating in outreach programs to connect with other about the Diabetic Life.
Diabetogenic is a blog about real life with Type 1 Diabetes. Renza Scibilia talks about her life with Type 1 Diabetes. She presents at conferences in Australia and globally discussing Diabetes. She is a diabetes consumer respresentative and advocates for patients.
Hannah McDonald is self described as the “author of the geekiest diabetes blog anywhere, Dorabetic” She is an adovocate, poet, social media enthusiast, and writer of all things. On her blog she shares her life with Diabetes in a fun, engaging way for her audience.
Christina is a mom to three children with Type 1 Diabetes. She writes about Diabetes as seen from a mom’s point of view. Her posts are written based on her experience of being of mom of 3 children with Type 1 Diabetes.
Below Seven is a Diabetes Blog written by Kelley, who is diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She strives to keep her A1C below 7. She started her blog after researching Type 1 Diabetes and Pregnancy back in 2012. After reading blogs, she decided to start her own blog to share her experiences with Diabetes. She shares a running log of her A1C levels on her blog.
Test Guess and Go is a diabetes blog started by Laddie Lindahl. She has Type 1 Diabetes. She does her best day to day to keep herself healthy. She has good conversation, laughs, education, and inspiration on her blog.
Jen Grieves is a broadcast journalist turned TV and radio producer. She has been a Type 1 Diabetic since 1996. She started her website as a diary of her journey to become a “responsible” diabetic. She added the pressures of life and other things that has interested her to her site and has created a comprehensive website of everything she enjoys. She shows you, you can still live a vibrant life despite your diagnosis.
Happy Medium is a blog started by Stephen has been living with Type 1 Diabetes since January 1991. He started his blog in 2012 to share his experiences with Diabetes. Through his blog he has been able to connect with interesting and inspirational people and has had more success managing his Diabetes since his diagnosis.
This blog was started by Sarah a young lady who was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of five. She was inspired to write her blog when she came across another blog that she enjoyed reading. She has been blogging since her sister was diagnosed with Diabetes and hasn’t turned back.
Victoria has lived with Type 1 Diabetes for 22 years. Her passion is helping uninsured and medically-uneducated patients gain access to insulin and other resources. She is currently blogging about an upcoming race she is participating in and how she will manage her diabetes during her race.
This blog is written by Calla Michalski. She started the blog in 2012 as an extention of an assignment given by her professor to write about a subject of choice. She shares her experiences of living with Type One Diabetes along with stories of how she has overcome various struggles that Type 1 Diabetes has thrown at her.
This diabetes blog was started by Scott K. Johnson. He has lived with Type 1 Diabets since April of 1980. He started writing about his life with Type 1 Diabetes in February of 2000. He started bloggin about it in late 2004. Scott brings an honest and open account of his life with diabetes.
Shoot Up or Put Up is a blog started by Tim Brown. He has Type 1 Diabetes and started the blog back in 2009 to share his thoughts about diabetes. He was diagnosed when he was 28 years old and writes on his blog with the help of Alison Finney and guest authors about the diabetic life.
My Diabetic Heart was started by Mike Durbin. Mike was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and Congestive Heart Failure in December of 2008. He shares his candid experiences have Type 2 Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, and battling depression. He uses his platform to also share lessons learned and inspiration with his audience.
A Sweet Grace is a blog about Penny’s daughter Grace who has Type 1 Diabetes. This blog is about her Grace’s journey through life with Type 1 Diabetes.
This blog was created by Pam Osborne to share her experiences with having a daughter with Type 1 Diabetes. She writes about her initial diagnosis and shares the day to day life of having a child with Type 1 Diabetes
A Diabetics Roller Coaster is a blog of the ups and downs of a life of diabetes and all that comes with it. It was started by Bec who found out she had Type 1 Diabetes when she was fourteen. She hopes that her blog can help spread understanding of diabetes as well as help other Type 1 Diabetics that they are not alone.
The Girl’s Guide to Diabetes is a blog written by Type 1 Diabetic sisters, Sysy and Ana Morales. They hope to do their part for diabetes awareness and advocacy through personal blog posts, news posts, interviews with other diabetics, asking hard and relevant questions, and product reviews.
Six Until Me is a blog that was started by Kerri Sparling. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in September of 1986. She started Six Until Me in May of 2005 after being tired of looking for blogs that shared uplifting stories about diabetes. She uses her blog to help other people dealing with diabetes by sharing her stories and experiences.
Congratulations to the Top Diabetes Blogs! If you know of a blog that should be added to this list please email our list manager (robbie[at]healthlisted.com) with a short description of the blog and a link to it and we will be sure to research the blog for inclusion on the list.
There are days wherein your awesome nurse-self would just rather stay at home than go to work. Working around sick people just gets so depressing at times, and you need a little pick-me-up to make your day a little less stressful than it usually is. There are a lot of websites that offer Nursing advice and uplifting stories, but these are the top 25 Nursing blogs, in no particular order, that you should follow.
Why follow this site: NRSNG.com was created by Jon Haws, a nursing student. If you are a nursing student you need to head over to his blog and download his free resources. He also authors a number of books that helps nursing students make nursing school easier.
Why follow this site: The Nerdy Nurse is a great site for a nurse like you, whatever department you are assigned in. It has technologically savvy apps for nurses who want to put their gadgets to use while on the job, and has a range of resources that can help students and RNs alike.
Why follow this site: The blog creator, Maureen, is an experienced ICU Nurse who helps Nursing students have a good experience in Nursing school and keep their grades up at the same time!
Why follow this site: Nurse Keith is a holistic career coach who has a lot of interesting articles and snippets that give sound advice on Nursing careers. It’s a consistent top blog on a lot of various Nursing blog rankings, and is worth your time to explore.
Renee Thompson, DNP, RN, CMSRN has developed a wonderful blog, RTConnections, for nurses. She covers such topics as nurse bullying, professional development, and helping nurses articulate their value. Although she travels to uplift and educate nurses around the country, she still remains a bedside nurse in order to stay connected with the challenges that nurses face today. This is definitely a nursing blog you want to follow.
Nurse Code is a blog started by Nurse Beth who works in acute care as Staff Development Educator. She is the voice of the "nurse's nurse". She believes in supporting nurses in order to achieve the best patient outcomes. Her website was created to help new nursing grads compose resumes, cover letters, and hone interviewing skills. For all things nursing, visit Nurse Beth at nursecode.com.
Why follow this site: This is an empowering website that hands out Nursing advice and random tips regarding being a Nurse on different departments. Nurse Nacole also has a YouTube Channel that helps Nurses become the best that they can be.
Why follow this site: This blog, managed by Sarah, is very organized and comprehensive when giving out information regarding Nursing. It has everything, ranging from resources for Nursing jobs, Tips for exams and Nursing School, information on the Nursing Board, and even quizzes and videos that can help Student Nurses and Registered Nurses alike.
Why follow this site: From policies of the profession to personal blogs and taking care of yourself as a Nurse, Kristine shows a holistic package of information and opportunities that you wouldn’t want to miss, whether you’re a registered Nurse wanting comforting ideas or a student seeking for scholarship options, this site has it all for you.
Why follow this site: Rebecca, the blog owner, has a charming site that has interesting stories and how a Nurse perceives day-to-day life. It also takes into account how Nurses think a certain way in any situation, and doesn’t confine itself to life in the hospital.
Why follow this site: The website, managed by Andria, is concise about the information it dishes out, and gives you serious tips on Nursing topics that range from action done on different diagnoses to NCLEX exam preparation. This site also has emotional support for student Nurses and new graduates alike, and can help alleviate anxieties when starting a new job.
Why follow this site: Reading Nurse Eye Roll is a good way to cap of a stressful day. It has articles on preparing nurses for the next level of their career, and also provides information on products that can be used in the daily work life as a nurse.
Why follow this site: This site, managed by Dr. Rachel Danford, is not just for nurses, but for patients who seek information as well. They provide continuing education courses, essential to nurses who want to continue their profession, as well as a blog that focuses on wellness, nutrition, and general information on different new healthcare topics.
Why follow this site: Focusing on concerns of travel nurses, Jeff Long, lets you peek into how it’s like working as a traveling Nurse, and all the pros and cons of getting into that kind of Nursing job. It also has general health awareness information and trending topics to keep you updated on what’s latest in the health industry.
Why follow this site: Perfect for student Nurses, Joan shares valuable information regarding topics like patient education, technological advances in the field, and tools for continuing education. It also focuses on general health, which can benefit non-nurse readers as well.
Why follow this site: Life as a Nurse is fast-paced, challenging and stressful, and Eileen focuses on finding peace and balance in the hectic Nursing world you live in. It is great for Nurses who feel like they are burned out due to the demands of their health care profession.
Why follow this site: Julianna, the blog creator, is an onco-nurse who deals with patients who are battling cancer everyday. This website is a compilation of learning and coping strategies that will help patients and nurses alike when dealing with the devastating diagnosis.
Why follow this site: This blog is an emotional support website for nurses and their struggles in their career. Joni gives tips on how to handle patients, co-workers and also gives advice on how to become a nurse that focuses on the beauty of the job.
Why follow this site: Self-improvement is one of the Nurse goals that lead to fulfillment in the Nursing career, and this website allows you to delve into sources that will make you become a better nurse. This website is managed by Dr. Sherman, Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nursing Leadership Institute in the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida.
Why follow this site: This site plans and acts to improve the state of healthcare especially when it comes to safety. It keeps you up to date on the recent events in the world of health care providers and is a great way to see how vision and actions can impact the world of health care.
Why follow this site: Marsha, the founder of the site, helps Nurses through giving them advice on career paths and adjustment of their lifestyle to help them live freely in their career and prevent them from going through burnouts due to the nature of their work.
Why follow this site: If you’re a tired nurse, the site itself is an amazing resource that can uplift your soul, and focuses on making you keep the spirit of helping people and loving the job.
Why follow this site: This blog was created by a nurse named Anna, who shares her life as a Nurse through posts in this site. She has a fun way of inserting nursing jargon into every aspect of life, and you’d know there’s never a day that you’re not a Nurse.
Why follow this site: The site is informative on issues on the Nursing community as a whole, as well as the blogger’s personal encounter during daily nursing life. It also helps people understand the kind of healthcare system that we have today, and has a lot of great articles to read.
Why follow this site: Yoga Nurse, Annette, is focused on creating a safe environment for Nurses and patients alike through the practice of safe medical yoga, which attempts to relieve symptoms of chronic diseases, as well as emotional burnout.
Why follow this site: Whether you want to pass the NCLEX or just find answering quizzes fun, this is the site for you. They keep your Nursing knowledge up to date by posting quizzes and widening your knowledge through exams, which boosts retention better than simply reading an article.
There really is no better way to keep you up to date than following these great sites and blogs on Nursing. They will help keep you informed, happy, and less stressed with the job that you love. Every nurse deserves to take care of not only her patients, but also herself.