How To Have A Positive Mental Health When You’re 20 And Living With Chronic Disease


I have a childhood best friend named Rain. From the first time that I met her at the daycare center, we had always been playing with each other. She would come over to my house for playdates and vice versa. It was a good thing that we lived in the same neighborhood, so we managed to enter the same elementary school and even class.

People often asked, “How are you still best friends?” I could not blame them for their curiosity because Rain and I were total opposites. Whereas I could spend hours in one corner with a good book or my coloring kit, she always felt the need to get up and explore the room and touch everything in it. Our moods were not matched, considering I rarely smiled around others, while she was quick to offer a smile to anyone. My best friend did cheerleading for extracurricular activities, while I joined the chess club (the most boring of all clubs, according to her).

 My typical reply was, “We are meant to be sisters.” After all, sisters do not always need to have common interests to like each other. Even when I was reading silently, and Rain was practicing her dance routines in the same room, we still felt close. There was never an issue about school popularity, too, which my best friend dominated. We loved supporting each other no matter what.


When high school ended, Rain and I were lucky to get accepted at NYU. She majored in Dance while I focused on Finance. Again, those subjects were poles apart, but that’s okay. I would always get a front-row seat during her recitals, and she often brought me coffee and donuts whenever I pulled an all-nighter to study. It should not be surprising that our parents agreed to share an apartment a couple of blocks away from the university.

Then, sad news rocked us all when a doctor diagnosed Rain with scoliosis during an executive checkup. The morning before that, she was still joking, “What if the doc finds out that I have an STD that I don’t know about?” But when I came back after my classes in the afternoon, I saw her in a quiet living room in deep thought. Music always followed Rain wherever she went, so I thought that odd.

When I asked what happened, she told me about her scoliosis. Pouting, she said, “I want to dance forever. What guarantee do I have now that I can still do that?”


I had no idea how to answer my best friend, but I promised to accompany her to her next doctor’s appointment. While waiting for that, Rain made the diagnosis known to her coach, who also felt saddened. Though Rain was slated to star in their Fall recital, the coach thought it was best for her to sit this one out and star in the Winter showcase to rehabilitate her back. Of course, my best friend was not happy about it, but what could she do?

Living With A Chronic Disease At 20

For a few weeks, I hardly saw Rain smile. She attended her classes, went to her part-time job, and even cheered me on during a decathlon competition, but I knew that her mind must be all over the place. That was until the doctor disclosed that her spine slightly curved like the letter S, but it was not prominent yet. (Yey to early diagnosis!)

The appointment happened a day before my best friend’s 20th birthday. When the eve of her birthday came, our other friends and I surprised her with a cake and party. Before blowing the candles, Rain uttered, “Starting tomorrow, I will dance again. Scoliosis can kiss me in the you-know-what.” It earned a roar of laughter and more cheers from us. Knowing Rain for so long, I knew that she meant every word.


The next morning, my best friend woke me up by blasting the speakers and hip-hopping in my bedroom. She was like, “Get up, sleepyhead! Early birds like us should be exercising by now!” Since I was ever supportive, I joined Rain as she jogged around Central Park. The doctor gave her a go signal to dance again, too, provided that she wore a back brace to avoid straining her spine. Luckily, Rain was hell-bent on starring in their Winter showcase, so she followed everything the doctor said to a T.

Sometimes, Rain would complain about her aching back, which was expected because of the hours of practice she clocked in almost daily. But her regular X-rays showed that her spinal curvature was not getting worse, so she was elated.


At Present

Rain went on to audition for various Broadway musicals and tried her luck on dance films. She eventually became a choreographer for a musical, and others started contacting her, asking if she could lend them some of her expertise.

How was my best friend’s scoliosis, you might ask? It’s still there – I doubt it will ever go away. However, the most important thing was it no longer in the way of Rain’s dreams.


The Psychiatry In Coping With Multiple Sclerosis and Mood-Related Symptoms

In the almost 2,000 patients surveyed, perception of their own health correlated most with pain – a symptom that has increasingly been recognized in MS, but is not even part of most standard MS measures of disability. The second most linked symptom with patients’ perception of their health was walking ability, followed then by fatigue.” This statement came from Lauren Krupp, M.D., and Robert Charlson, M.D.

Dealing with the symptoms of multiple sclerosis or MS is complicated because of its link to many psychiatric issues. It causes a swirl of different moods due to the deterioration of the nerves. The disease may let the patient feel anxiety, depression, anger, and stress. However, it is not impossible to deal with these emotional mood swings with the help of a good doctor, proper medication, and self-discipline. 

One of the ways to deal is to talk to licensed experts at BetterHelp. They also have Twitter and Instagram. The platform is discreet and offer a nonjudgmental ear. 


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How To Cope With Multiple Sclerosis Through Therapy And Others

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is an autoimmune disorder that damages the nerves found in the brain and the spinal cord. It causes a wide variety of physical and mental symptoms in consideration of where the autoimmunity happens. 

“MS causes damage in many areas of the nervous system. This leads to symptoms that are often different for different people. These include things as seemingly diverse as fatigue, walking problems, depression, cognitive impairment, muscle tightness, or bladder problems,” says Lauren Krupp, M.D., and Robert Charlson, M.D.


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3 Apps To Liven Up Your Boring Smartphone

Are you losing interest in your mobile device? If you only charge your smartphone these days so that your mom can check on you or your friends can text you the deets about your next restaurant or bar you are going to invade, then you are wasting the generous internal storage space you have been given, and the time you can while away with the most unique apps you will ever find online. Allow us to introduce you to some of them.


Dog Licks Screen Wallpaper

If you love dogs, but you cannot be with them often because they are not allowed in the dorms, you are too busy to care for one, or your or one of your housemates is allergic to them, you can still feel their affection when you download the Dog Licks Screen wallpaper, albeit virtually.

The wallpaper is in a video format, so you will not end up with a still image of a dog with its tongue hanging out. The reason why this is better than a mere picture is that the former can get you as close as your LCD allows to having your hand or face by an adorable dog. Remember that licking is a pooch’s sweet way of showing their affection, their trust.

This app cannot send a live, yapping dog right at your doorstep, but it can make you feel the same warmth that you may experience once you are with the real thing.


My4Faces Dreamland

Mobile games enhance someone’s focus and quick-mindedness, as well as improve their mood and creativity. If you are too exhausted from studying or work, it will be nice to be able to reach in your pocket, unlock your smartphone, and get wittier once more while having so much fun.

My4Faces Dreamland is one of the latest gaming apps you can find on Google PlayStore. In a nutshell, it can make your stress levels go down as you move up the game levels. This is explicitly designed in a way that you can forget some of the things that bother you in the real world and, yes, be in dreamland. The rules of the game are pretty straightforward; you do not have to be a tech genius to understand how you can get the most pleasure out of it. You will immediately feel like you have been using the app for a very long time.


Bubble Shift Mania

Life is too short to let the activities or people do nothing but cause you bad luck. Even if you are a very accommodating person, sometimes you have to be firm at saying “no thanks” to those who are worthy of this reply. All the same, you should start being more receptive towards the things that may become your new favorite, like Bubble Shift Mania, for instance.

This online game will let you release all your pent-up energy and emotions by popping as many bubbles as you can in one go. You cannot bring back the time, but you can play this game while thinking of every regrettable decision you have made as every bubble that bursts on your screen. It is a great and adorable reminder too that pesky problems will always come up, but you are more than capable of clearing your path.


The common denominator of these three applications is that they can all be had for free! So, feel free to check them out anytime. A little advice, though: try not to get addicted to them if you can help it.

4 Benefits Of Visiting A Dentist Regularly



As the world bears witness to various advancements that humans generate daily, the people who belong to the food and beverage industry are doing the same thing. In truth, a lot of chefs at present are into creating fusion dishes by combining ingredients from different regions. The more cuisines we get to choose from, though, the more we are all at risk of having cavities or other problems. Hence, here are the four benefits of visiting a dentist regularly.

1. Take Care Of The Gums

The gums are as important as the actual teeth. If the clients’ gums are weak and often affected by diseases, the teeth may weaken and fall off as well. It is not something that you can detect, though. This is why you need to check with a dental practitioner as often as possible. “These infections weaken the body’s immunity system and allow harmful bacteria to spread. If your gums are inflamed, consult with a dentist as soon as possible,” Sean Grover L.C.S.W. wrote.

2. Get Rid Of Bad Breath

If the patient works in the marketing industry and talks to many individuals face-to-face, it will be embarrassing if others can smell your bad breath. Even when you are studying, your classmates may not want to sit beside you if foul odor comes out of your mouth. This problem can be because of gum disease, decaying tooth, or food stuck in between the teeth. Regular brushing does not resolve it, so you have to let a dentist help you. According to Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH, “Bad breath can originate both inside and outside of the mouth. Bad breath is typically caused by bacteria present on the teeth and debris on the tongue.”

3. Replace Teeth



In case the customer has no other way to take care of their real teeth, he or she has to deal with the choice of receiving implant-supported dentures. The new piece of tooth or a set of teeth should come from a reliable doctor who understands how important it is in various industries to always show a great smile. Without gaining access to proper dental replacements, it may be difficult to see another person grin freely again.

4. Maintain The Whiteness of the Teeth

A great general dentist will be capable of introducing various teeth-whitening methods that are non-invasive and cannot hurt the individual. Knowing that one has such beautiful teeth can effectively increase his or her self-confidence and make it effortless for the person to offer a smile to a colleague or an acquaintance.

5. Strengthen The Teeth

Dentists have the right devices to get rid of cavities and diverse forms of bacteria that may be living in an individual’s mouth or in between their teeth. When they have these removed, he or she will have a higher chance of not even needing the implant-supported dentures.



Final Thoughts

The worst-case scenario is that you will lose all your teeth and require false ones. Whether you like it or not, you cannot look after your pearly whites on your own. That is especially true if you have no self-control when it comes to choosing the foods that you will eat. Sour foods, for instance, can break down the enamel that protects your teeth. If you go for sweets and not brush them regularly, though, it can cause tooth decay.

“You might discover that your warm smile has not only the power to uplift others, but that it also offers a wonderful gift to yourself—the gift of enjoying more moments of being present and connected,” John Amodeo Ph.D., MFT said. Visit the dentist’s office near your place before it’s too late. Good luck!

The Ultimate Guide To Improving Mental Wellness 

One of the things that you must master at this point in your life is to improve your mental wellness continuously. Take note that your mental health can affect your daily mood as well as your drive to get things done. This is the primary reason why it is essential on your part to focus on how you can improve the state of your mind. Luckily, there are several ways on how you can accomplish this.


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