Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Baby Laughing

Posted by: Summer Katz, LMHC

Have you ever witnessed a baby with a giggle that turns into an uncontrollable belly laugh (for both you and the baby)? Unless you simply don’t like babies, seeing and hear...

Navigating Chronic Illnesses with the Support of Available Resources

By: Summer Katz, M.A., LMHC

Living with a chronic illness such as cystic fibrosis can be overwhelming and cumbersome. The medication routine, the hours spent participating in treatment interventions and the regular attendance at doctor’s appointments or hospitalizations – all require adherence to a strict regimen. Because CF patients experience all of these things on a constant basis, there are moments where we may feel heightened frustration and be discouraged. Taking advantage o...

How to Make the Most of Your Hospital Stay

Living with a chronic medical condition, such as cystic fibrosis, is not easy. Ideally, we all want to experience moments and phases where we can “get a break” from the never-ending routine of stressors. Sometimes, we may recognize that the added aspects of our routine cause stress; such as taking medications, complet...

Adjusting to a New or “Another” Diagnosis

Adjusting to a New or “Another” Diagnosis

Posted by Summer Katz, LMHC, Patient Advocate

A little while ago, I began experiencing new and unwanted symptoms in comparison to what is normal for me. I briefly considered whether these symptoms could be short-lived and situational, and after recognizing that the symptoms would return, or did not seem to resolve, I decided to contact my cystic fibrosis clinic and medical team.

Prior to receiving the res...

Staying “On Top” During the New School Year

Staying “On Top” During the New School Year

Summer Katz, MA, LMHC, Patient Advocate

It is that time again… yet another new school year, and that means going through the adjustment process again in learning about new classes, teachers/professors and class schedules. While we all certainly go through the tough transition of having fun and getting away during the summertime break or vacation to returning to that obligatory routine of life (school and work), perhaps it would be helpful to consider how our medical regimens weave in...