The LGBT community needs to support all its members
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The LGBT community needs to support all its members

This is Pride month, and while I want to celebrate, I feel it is more important to discuss injustice and oppression. With the protests(and occasional rioting) that is going on all over the US, I feel it’s important to discuss the intersectionality of the LGBT community, and how the community has, in large part, erased…

Let’s talk about stress during COVID-19
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Let’s talk about stress during COVID-19

The biggest thing in the news for the past several months has been COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that has been spreading around the world and killing hundreds of thousands of people. In some ways, I’m very tired of covering it – in others, because it is constantly on my mind, I’m feeling like I need…

What does it mean to ‘go on disability’?
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What does it mean to ‘go on disability’?

The honest answer is that there are a lot of possible meanings. The most typical at this point is to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits(SSDI) or Supplemental Security Insurance(SSI), but there really are a lot of additional types of ‘disability’ benefits, each of which has its own set of rules, regulations, and durations. This…

When social welfare programs fail to work
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When social welfare programs fail to work

It’s that time again, I’m writing in response to A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  March prompts: weighing, targeting, being, doing, staying This month, I was inspired by the struggles my partner Al and I have been having the past few months with three different programs designed to help our most needy populations: Medicaid, LiHEAP(Low-income Heat and…

Getting diagnosed is a journey, not an event
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Getting diagnosed is a journey, not an event

Doctors can and often do make the wrong diagnosis. There are also people, especially those who spend a long period of time without a diagnosis, who start to see a diagnosis as a holy grail – that one true thing that will make their lives ok again. What a diagnosis is Diagnoses are labels. They…

Managing Stress if you go to an ER
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Managing Stress if you go to an ER

If you are not experiencing an immediately life-threatening emergency, please double-check with your doctor if at all possible to see if there is a reasonable alternative to going to the ER. Not only are ER visits substantially more expensive than regular doctor or hospital visits, but they also are spaces where you have almost no…

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Emergency Rooms
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Traumatic Brain Injuries and Emergency Rooms

I want to specifically talk about brain injuries in relation to emergency rooms because I have had too many experiences with them. I know how challenging it can be to have a TBI recognized and how very important this is, especially in the case of the brain injury being caused by an accident that eventually…