If you suffer from a chronic illness, it might feel like you’re struggling alone, especially if your disease is rare. And in the United States, a rare disease is classified as one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. But even if a group is relatively small, that’s still a lot of people fighting the same battles you are, and today — Rare Disease Day — is a a day to find your community.
What is Rare Disease Day?
Rare Disease Day encourages people with rare diseases to come together with patient organizations, medical professionals, medical researchers and others in the medical industry to come together and raise awareness and support for those with rare diseases.
Rare Disease Day 2016: Patient Voice
The theme for this year’s Rare Disease Day is Patient Voice, in an acknowledgment of the importance of patients advocating for themselves, both privately with their medical team and support system, and publicly via research grants and fundraising.
Get Involved with Rare Disease Day
If you have a rare disease or want to support those who do, today is the perfect day to get involved. Starting with this year’s theme of “Patient Voice,” you can focus on the following:
- Get involved with the organizations that support rare diseases, which helps reduce feelings of isolation and puts you in touch with others sharing the same struggles.
- Learn about your disease (or the disease of your loved one) so you can better advocate for the care you deserve.
- Reach out to politicians to increase awareness and public health policies at national and international levels.
- Advocate for others on a personal level, helping them find resources and quality patient care.
IV Treatment for Chronic Illnesses at IVX Health
If your healthcare regimen includes IV treatments, know that you have options when it comes to where you receive them, and IVX Health offers the best of all worlds in outpatient IV therapy. With the warmth of a spa-like setting and the comforts of home without having to entertain medical professionals, you can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. We’ll even provide refreshments.
We also understand the demands of a busy schedule, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at three convenient locations on either side of the state line in Kansas City (MO), Independence and Overland Park. If you’re ready to experience the difference IVX Health can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.