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(Last update 26 Oct 2010)


At, we pick up where diagnosis and treatment leave off. That is, what happens AFTER the dust settles and you go home and they CAN'T fix what's wrong or the fix is tough to live with.

Life happens. Illness happens. In fact, illness will eventually be inevitable for all of us. As the Baby Boom ages, we are becoming aware that living with illness is already a reality for more and more people. Yet illness in America is still "in the closet." How? Conventional wisdom says if illness has to happen at all, illness should be overcome, fixed, and left behind. We have few role models and few realistic stories about living with a less-than-perfect body, or less-than-perfect health. How we choose to deal with the cards that life gives us is what this site is all about. Whether it is through humor (sometimes the best medicine), support, or just increasing awareness of the diseases themselves, hopes to empower people to live their lives to the fullest. This is where humor, support, patient-to-patient interaction can make the difference. Hopefully we will educate and inform along the way, and importantly, contribute to programs who support the research and treatent of many chronic medical conditions.


Co-founder Westby G. Fisher, MD, FACC is the Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology at NorthShore University HealthSystem and Clnical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and is a board certified cardiac electrophysiologist, cardiologist, and internist practicing at in the Chicago Metro area (Evanston, IL).

Co-founder, Diane G Fisher, PhD is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Evanston, IL working with adults and adolescents. She writes, teaches, and advocates for families coping with chronic illness or disability.

Together, Drs. Wes and Diane Fisher have over 40 years of patient care experience. Together they started this site in May 2005 to fill the void of the physical and psychological support of patients with chronic medical conditions that are never-ending and need constant support to make it through. Incredibly, over half of the designs on our site are patient-contributed: so 'we' are you, too.

(See Dr. Wes Fisher's blog here and his professional web page here. Dr. Diane Fisher's website can be viewed here.)


We assure you that we respect your privacy and will not send spam or personal information to ANYONE else without your written permission. We do NOT save credit card information (this is handled by, our distributor.'s privacy statement can be viewed here).

Folks providing suggestions, photos, do so willingly and understand we might use their images on our website (unless, of course they communicate that they would not like this). People offering shirt suggestions that are accepted by our editorial board will be offered an opportunity to review new art incorporating their idea, and if it sells, will receive a shirt with their design free of charge (if desired). As such, any art created based on those ideas will be the property of


From time to time there may be links to other sites not affiliated with provides the links to the non-profits to whom we donate. There are also to other sites from our site that pay a referral commission to Such links are labeled with an "Advertisement" label.


We guarantee that 10% of proceeds go to the charity designated in the description of the section or shirt. The remainder goes (for now) to support this site. If our proceeds should exceed our expenses, the overage will be also applied to charities for whom merchandise is earmarked.

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