Catherine Sklaroff Hale

Catherine Sklaroff Hale is a nationally recognized writer and autism advocate. She emerged as a voice that cuts through the clutter when she launched her mom blog in 2008, where she shared her parenting journey about life with an autistic child. Cathy has been featured in a variety of publications like Parents, Parenting, iVillage, Babble, Baby Center, Martha Stewart Living, The Guardian and Self. In 2014, Cathy suffered a devastating herniated disc and was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. Since then, she has been rehabilitated herself back to health and is passionate about helping others who also suffer from chronic pain conditions.
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Don’t Be Grinch-y: Asking for Holiday Help with Chronic Pain

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National Diabetes Month: Debunking Myths and Managing Pain

National Diabetes Month Overview November is National Diabetes Month, a time for communities across the country to work together and raise awareness for diabetes and its...

6 Strange Signs of Fibromyalgia

As if living with fibromyalgia isn’t bad enough, this chronic pain syndrome (or disease) has all sorts of unusual signs and symptoms. If you...

10 Must-Knows: What Life is Like with Chronic Pain

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Going Back to School with Chronic Pain 101

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How to Ease Your Stomach Woes and Get Ulcer Pain Relief

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Don’t Ignore Tingling and Numbness in Hands and Feet

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Poor Posture and Pain: What You Need to Know

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4 Tips to Improve Your Quality of Life With Migraines

  https://www.youtube.com/embed/EIgzxBePLPY   Friends may say they understand your pain. But unless they've had them themselves, it’s impossible for them to fully understand how debilitating chronic migraines...

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Practical Tips for Managing Chronic Pain in the Workplace

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