Chronic Conditions 10th May 2019

Life with Lupus…on your own terms

Kim Opszala thought her eczema had returned when a rash appeared on her face, but it was a disease called lupus. She’d been travelling around Australia before starting university in 2005/06 and upon her return Kim noticed the butterfly-shaped rash ...

by Karen Finn

Chronic Conditions 28th February 2019

Living with a rare disease

Gunnar Esiason just celebrated a major milestone: his good health. When you have cystic fibrosis (CF) – a rare genetic disease that creates a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs that can lead to ...

by Karen Finn

Chronic Conditions 20th November 2018

Meet the “COPD Athlete”

You don’t usually come across a triathlete with severe lung disease, but Russell Winwood is great at busting stereotypes. The Australian blogger has come a long way since being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in 2011, which left ...

by Editorial Team

Chronic Conditions 11th October 2018

Bariatric surgery: new life, new me

Marina Biglia’s obesity story began with denial, moved to acceptance, and eventually – with the help of bariatric surgery – led to recovery. Now she’s a role model and champion for others who are traveling down the same challenging path. ...

by Editorial Team

Chronic Conditions 5th June 2018

Breaking the incontinence taboo

Torsten Kraft (34) is a carpenter and is passionate about his craft. In his free time he goes hiking with his girlfriend, “likes to drive a lot” and reads “everything from fantasy to who-dun-its to science fiction”. He has been incontinent ...

by Editorial Team

Chronic Conditions 23rd March 2018

Fighting for a TB-free world

Ten years ago, Londoner Steve Bradley was shocked to find out that he was infected with tuberculosis (TB) following a lengthy period of testing and misdiagnosis. “Nobody even thought it could be TB,” the former TV project engineer tells This ...

by Karen Finn