Grieving While Chronically Ill and “Childless Not By Choice”
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Grieving While Chronically Ill and “Childless Not By Choice”

I’ve gotten to know Sarah Malm over the past year or so. She and I are running a Spoonie Coworking Space. She’s a fellow spoonie and an artist who creates lovely greeting cards. We were discussing our experiences of being Childless Not By Choice and I suggested she write this post for me. When it…

Moving Through Medical Trauma
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Moving Through Medical Trauma

Nicole interviewed me for her Spooniepreneur podcast a couple of years ago, and we’ve clicked. When she suggested collaborating by cross-posting on one another’s blogs, I jumped at the opportunity. We both wrote about medical trauma from our own personal experiences. My post on her blog came out a few days ago, and Nicole and…

Planning in recovery time after losing last summer to Covid-19
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Planning in recovery time after losing last summer to Covid-19

2020 was a rough year, and I’m recognizing the different pressures I’ve had, many of which were caused or magnified by Covid-19. I’m recognizing that while I’ve managed to do a fair bit this past year, I’m now a bit fatigued and low on energy for self-care as well as resistant to following the routines…

Managing doctor care during this lull in Covid-19
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Managing doctor care during this lull in Covid-19

I don’t know about where you live, but here in New Jersey, we’re experiencing a decrease in Covid-19 spread. With everybody (over 16) willing to get vaccinated able to get shots, the numbers are going down a bit and it’s becoming time to think about catching back up with Al and my medical care. I’m…

This isn’t normal: why we often ignore early symptoms of our condition(s)
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This isn’t normal: why we often ignore early symptoms of our condition(s)

In late March, I went out for a walk on the nature trail by my house. As I crossed one of the several bridges along the route, I noticed something unusual—a flash of silver as a fish (specifically, a bunker) surfaced, gasping, and then rolled back over into the water. This is not normal fish…

Functional Neurological Disorder treatment programs are worth the effort!
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Functional Neurological Disorder treatment programs are worth the effort!

I participated in the MoRe—Motor Reprogramming—program in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2016. It was the single most helpful treatment I have ever had, and may ever have, for my Functional Neurological Disorder(FND). In this post, I want to go over why this is a treatment option, how it works, and how you can find a similar…

Accepting my Functional Neurological Disorder diagnosis
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Accepting my Functional Neurological Disorder diagnosis

April is FND Awareness Month, and April 13 is FND Awareness Day. I’m going all in on that, and I’ll be focusing this post and month on the process of accepting your diagnosis—and illustrating it with my FND experiences (and what I’ve picked up from fellow FNDers inside of discussion groups). I’m also using A…

Caregiving: Do I need to hire a caregiver?
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Caregiving: Do I need to hire a caregiver?

While the term caregiver is bandied about a lot in the disabled community, it’s important to distinguish between paid and unpaid caregiving. Many of us have been caregivers in a less official capacity at various points in our lives—caring for children, parents, siblings, or friends during temporary or long-term health problems. Most of us have…

Participating in discussion groups about your condition
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Participating in discussion groups about your condition

One of the groups that I’ve been active in over the years has been FND Hope‘s collection of Facebook groups on Functional Neurological Disorder (FND), the condition I was diagnosed with in 2003. There are both risks and benefits to participating in these groups, but generally, I’d argue that they’re worthwhile, especially early on and…

Five ways that recording your health history can improve your life
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Five ways that recording your health history can improve your life

I have been living with chronic conditions, both physical and mental, since I was a kid. I’ve been encouraged to write about it, talk about it, think about it, and then put it all aside and move forward with my life. There’s good reasons for doing these things. Today, I want to talk to you…