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What's New, Reflections and Essays

Unless otherwise noted, all posts written by Alicia M. Conill, M.D., founder of the Conill Institute for Chronic Illness. Dr, Conill is a physician living with multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed with MS in 1987 and her life has been deeply affected and transformed by this.



Wishing You and Yours a Healthy and Happy 2013

Early morning on the East Coast of the United States, electronic devices busily spewed audiovisuals from halfway around the planet heralding the new year. Thundering colors illuminating the sky, bubble filled clinking glasses, locking lips and embraces were openly on … Read More


Quotation for the week 9/30/2012

You do not have a soul, You are a soul. You have a body. –C. S. Lewis


On the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001 we remember, we will never forget

Below is a poem I wrote in the aftermath of 9/11/2001. Our freedom was threatened and some of our innocence was lost.
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Quotation for the week 9/7/2012

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.” -Friedrich Nietzsche


Quotation for the week 8/24/2012

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms or books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They can not be given to you … Read More


Life, Interrupted: Putting a Positive Spin on Cancer – NYTimes.com

http://nyti.ms/PuAcqW Another amazing piece by this writer. She speaks the truth in an eloquent and realistic way. I have often felt the same way and although I do not have cancer I do have a chronic, progressive, physically disabling illness … Read More


Our Elders Facing Life With Chronic Illnesses

More Older Adults With Multiple Problems – NYTimes.com I remember being very young and thinking only older people got sick. I was wrong about that. Illness can strike at any age. But getting older can be difficult in and of … Read More


Quotation for the week 8/17/2012

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant? Henry David Thoreau


Freedom: A Different Point of View

http://nyti.ms/M6SGeu
Refreshingly honest piece.I’m grateful I never had cancer.She’s grateful she’s never been paralyzed.Both of us know losing freedom this way.Well worth reading today, July 4, Independence Day, when we celebrate the birth of our nation. Fireworks, flag-waving, co okouts and a day off from work are all part of the celebration. However, in silent moments, I am grateful for a promise; we are all created equal and have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Stay tuned for a larger piece of my mind coming soon! Read More