Living with Chronic Conditions

Millions of us suffer from chronic illnesses, from asthma and diabetes to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic illnesses are persistent and long lasting. Our experts—including those with chronic conditions—offer tips, treatments and advice to ease the burden.

Don’t let your resolutions go up in smoke

Have you decided 2021 is going to be the year to quit smoking once and for all? You’re not the only one.

Caring for the caregiver

While tending loved ones is a blessing, make sure to reserve energy for your own well-being. A psychotherapist shares her top tips for how to find the balance.

‘A magnified effect’

COVID-19 hits especially hard for those with diabetes. Experts offer tips to reduce your risk of serious illness.

Patient Story

Love, Julie

Mourning the death of their mother to COVID-19, a family donates iPads to help other patients stay connected to their loved ones.

‘We are making history right now’

Five health care team members become the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at Spectrum Health.

Patient Story

‘We are so thankful’

June and Glenn Troyer, a couple in their 80s, both fell ill with COVID-19. After spending 10 days apart, they reunited in physical therapy.

PSA on the PSA

Public Service Announcement on the Prostate-Specific Antigen test: 'Don’t give up—smarten up.'

Maximize those micronutrients to battle COVID-19

Consider boosting your immune response and lowering inflammation with water, zinc, fiber, and Vitamins C and D.

Attack of the dad bod

If the world is warming to that chubby, cuddly look, is that such a bad thing? Not if you've improved from yesteryear.

Patient Story

‘This program has changed my life’

Quit 101, a tobacco and nicotine cessation class, goes virtual to help people kick the habit during the pandemic.

Patient Story

‘I’m just living life’

A routine screening made all the difference for Michigan mom Tabitha Wolters, 44.

Patient Story

Mending a heart

Born with a complex heart defect, Andrew Christensen grew up wondering what kind of future awaited him. Thirty years later, he has plans.