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If you’re feeling anxious, overwhelmed, or helpless about the coronavirus pandemic, you are not alone.

These feelings are especially common among people who may be at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications. You may have specific questions or concerns related to gout or conditions that go along with it, such as heart disease, kidney disease, or diabetes — and personalized answers are not easy to find.

The Global Healthy Living Foundation — a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, education, research, and advocacy for people living with chronic illness — is collaborating with gout patient advocate Susan Herley to help you stay informed.

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The Global Healthy Living Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with chronic illnesses (such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine, psoriasis, and cardiovascular disease) by advocating for improved access to health care at the community, state, and federal levels, and amplifying education and awareness efforts within its social media framework. GHLF is also a staunch advocate for vaccines.

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The contents of this website are for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. GHLF.org and CreakyJoints.org are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

Susan Herley
Retired Product Manager
Living with gout

Mental Health

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