Becoming an Advocate with Lupus and Type 1 Diabetes: Melissa’s Story

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Melissa shares how she learned to be a more effective advocate over time, and provides insights into how she copes with the ups and downs of chronic illness life.

Episode at a glance:

  • Melissa’s Diagnosis story for Lupus & Type 1 Diabetes as a nine year old
  • Melissa becomes a mental health occupational therapist while managing her conditions
  • Melissa shares her treatment ups and downs for lupus, including medications and lifestyle factors such as exercise and stress management
  • Advocacy: Melissa shares her journey towards becoming a health advocate
  • What to do when your supporters or caregivers don’t “get it?”
  • Melissa’s Best Advice for people newly diagnosed with Lupus and/or Type 1 Diabetes
  • Melissa’s Mental health / coping tips for chronic illness life

Medical disclaimer:
All content found on Arthritis Life public channels was created for generalized informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Episode Sponsors
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Roadmap, a self-paced online course Cheryl created that teaches you how to confidently manage your physical, social and emotional life with rheumatoid arthritis.

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