The Smile on My Face

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden and a regular contributor to the CME Medical Knowledge Centre. Elin has a rare medical condition that makes her dependent on Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). Here she opens up about how her condition can make her feel… I always figured that one day it would get easier. That one day […]

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A Learning Curve

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden and a regular contributor to the CME Medical Knowledge Centre. Elin has a rare medical condition that makes her dependent on Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). Here she shares her story of growing up with her condition. I got sick when I was four and I honestly don’t remember much from […]

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The One Thing in Life I Can Control

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden and a regular contributor to our Knowledge Centre. Elin has a rare medical condition that makes her dependent on Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN).  Here she shares an insight into keeping control… When I first heard the song ‘Wait For It’ from the musical Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda, my reaction was […]

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When Obsession Helps

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden. Here she shares another part of her story about her rare medical condition that makes her dependent on TPN. Wow, did I need a vacation?! Studying has been really fun but getting to wake up in the morning and just embrace the feeling that I don’t have anything to do […]

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The Link Between Food and Mental Health

As we look at the world around us, we don’t have to have special powers of deduction to work out that ‘things’ are not going quite as well as they ought. Words such as “unemployment”, “homelessness”, “crime rate”, “war”, “social unrest”, “pollution”, “AIDS”, “cancer”, “allergies” and many more indicate our social climate. People are turning this […]

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Pushing Through

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden. Here she shares another part of her story about her rare medical condition that makes her dependent on TPN. One year ago I suffered from really bad stomach problems. I had pains, I had nausea, it felt like my entire stomach was a washing machine from time to time and […]

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Travelling to London

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden. Here she shares the story of how she discovered she has a rare medical condition that makes her dependent on TPN. I don’t travel much, mostly because it takes a lot of planning and work for a very short vacation. I have to arrange extra bags to be able to […]

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Writing – a Life Beyond my Condition

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden. Here she shares the story of how she discovered she has a rare medical condition that makes her dependent on TPN. I started writing when I was really young. I can still remember the exact time when I started. I was lying in a hotel room in Turkey with my […]

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You Are Not Alone…

My name is Rosemary Martin. I am 70 years old and have been on Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) for over 33 years. 43 years ago I became ill. My symptoms were sickness, diarrhoae, cramps, aching joints, dry skin, hair loss and always feeling cold. I was anaemic, generally depressed and could not lead a ‘normal’ […]

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A New Kind of Challenge

Elin Wahlstedt is dependent on TPN. Coping with her condition can be mentally and physically challenging, but Elin is not letting it stop her embrace a new kind of challenge… So, I was sitting in school thinking about what I should write about this month. My mind wandered around anxiety and how my physical condition […]

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Certainty in the Uncertain

Elin Wahlstedt is dependent on TPN. Coping with her condition on a daily basis takes a lot of planning. Despite this, she appreciates her life and has ambitions for the future.  My future has never been certain. I’m not saying anyone ever has a certain future but not knowing how long you will live makes […]

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TPN – ‘This Is My Life’

TPN for Elin Wahlstedt is much more than a clinical term. It’s a way of life. “TPN, or total parenteral nutrition, is a medicinal substitute for people who can’t fulfil their body’s nutritional needs with regular food. But that is a terrible explanation for what TPN really is. “TPN is life, at least for me. […]

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Coping with TPN

Elin Wahlstedt is dependent on TPN. Coping with her condition on a daily basis takes a lot of planning. Despite this, she appreciates her life and has ambitions for the future. Elin was diagnosed with a rare medical condition at the age of seven (read about her early years here). Having spent several months in […]

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How TPN Transformed Elin’s life

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden. Here she shares the story of how she discovered she has a rare medical condition that makes her dependent on TPN. “Everything started when I was four. I don’t have any memory of it but I’ve heard my parents and doctors tell the story. “Apparently I suddenly got really sick […]

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Living With a Rare Condition

Elin Wahlstedt is from Sweden. Here she shares the story of how she discovered she has a rare medical condition that makes her dependent on TPN. “Everything started when I was four. I don’t have any memory of it but I’ve heard my parents and doctors tell the story. Apparently I suddenly got really sick […]

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