Can you get disability if you have FND?
Getting Government assistance | Overcoming Obstacles

Can you get disability if you have FND?

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a relatively common (though rarely properly diagnosed) condition. I was diagnosed in 2003 when it was still being called Conversion Disorder (and labeled as a mental illness rather than a neurological condition). I want to be really clear about this: the condition you have (your diagnosis) is less impactful on…

Can you get married on disability? The reasons I won’t
Strategizing for success | Getting Government assistance

Can you get married on disability? The reasons I won’t

While I’ve talked about this a bit previously, I want to dig a bit more into the idea of getting or staying married while on disability coverage. The first and most basic thing that I want to emphasize is that this is a choice and that there’s no automatically right or wrong answer. What there…

Empower yourself by tracking your symptoms!
Strategizing for success

Empower yourself by tracking your symptoms!

Often when getting diagnosed with a new condition or when participating in discussions about certain conditions, you may hear a symptom tracker mentioned. The trackers come in many different forms and styles, but they can be a very useful tool in terms of both getting a diagnosis and checking the effectiveness of a treatment. If…

My life as a disabled entrepreneur
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

My life as a disabled entrepreneur

So it’s once more time for A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. This month’s words are incorporating, experimenting, sanitizing, launching, and writing. This months words feel very business-oriented, so I’m going to roll with that feeling. Before I say anything else, though, I want to invite you to join me for a presentation on November 17, at…

Learning to pivot: Recognizing your choices with the greatest impact
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Learning to pivot: Recognizing your choices with the greatest impact

Being disabled or chronically ill is often accompanied by a sense of your world shrinking. There are things that you could do, but now can’t. There are places you could go, but are now more challenging or less fun, or more stressful or difficult. Options seem to decrease, and the world often seems just a…

Understanding medical diagnosis: why it’s all ‘best guesses’
Overcoming Obstacles | Dealing with Doctors

Understanding medical diagnosis: why it’s all ‘best guesses’

I thought it might be helpful to take a few steps back and dig into how doctors are trained to think about and look at patients, and how they are trained to make diagnoses. This is really important because it helps us understand where missteps and mistakes are more likely to happen and to have…

Being your own boss on disability: mastering your destiny
Getting Government assistance | Overcoming Obstacles

Being your own boss on disability: mastering your destiny

As I’ve mentioned on previous posts, you can work while on SSI or SSDI. There are programs, like Ticket to Work and Vocational Rehab programs that can help with the process. However, the reality is that while they can give you information about working, they often are only prepared to help you with calculations related…

The challenge of selecting your best healthcare plan
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

The challenge of selecting your best healthcare plan

Open Enrollment is starting soon, and with all of the shakeups that have come with this year, you may be dealing with a different or new set of decisions to make in regards to your or a family member’s participation in the US healthcare system. If you aren’t sure what type of plans may be…

Voting in the time of Corona
Strategizing for success | Social connections

Voting in the time of Corona

So, it’s once more time for A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. This month’s words are producing, acquiring, switching, disappointing, and forming. Here in the US, it’s election season, and it’s a strange one thanks in part to Covid-19. It has been a really strange and stressful year, and I am extremely concerned about the outcome of…