Lessons learned from 2020
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Lessons learned from 2020

So it’s once again time for A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. This month’s words are beginning, symbolizing, enduring, revealing, gracing. As it is January, I’m going to write about the concepts these words bring up for me and what lessons I’ve learned from 2020. Beginning the new year with new medication coverage The headache started in…

How low expectations get me through the holidays
Taking care of yourself | Strategizing for success

How low expectations get me through the holidays

I don’t know about you, but I tend to feel a bit depressed around the holidays. I definitely know that a big part of it is how strongly I associate this time of year with my father’s death. I’ve got a long history with depression and have learned that I tend to mentally string together…

Recognizing my progress, despite the challenges this year has brought
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Recognizing my progress, despite the challenges this year has brought

So it’s once again time for A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. This month’s words are exhausting, exciting, socializing, indulging, and cutting. Like most people, Covid-19 had a large impact on my life, and not always in expected ways. Join me in processing just what changed this year and the lessons I’ve learned from that. Fear is…

My life as a disabled entrepreneur
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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…

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…

Medical trauma: a shared experience within the disabled community
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Medical trauma: a shared experience within the disabled community

I took a deep breath, put my mask on, and limped into the office. My fingers shifted, tightening so my fingertips touched my palm, squeezing, relaxing. They shot out, stretched to their fullest extent. Some stayed that way, others shifted. I was aware of this, but not consciously telling them to do so. My teeth…

Internalized Ableism: the struggle to accept our own worthiness
Overcoming Obstacles | Taking care of yourself

Internalized Ableism: the struggle to accept our own worthiness

People with disabilities are often marginalized by society – and there are a variety of reasons for it. The social model of disability focuses on how instead of viewing our symptoms as failures on our part, it’s time to start looking at what assumptions society has made that makes participating in the greater community more…

Rebuilding my life in the time of COVID-19
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Rebuilding my life in the time of COVID-19

So, it’s once more time for A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. This month’s words are feeling, grueling, tempting, running, and mending. This month, I’m taking stock, processing life lessons, and looking ahead towards creating an even better future for myself. Feeling the need to reinvest in myself It’s been a weird year with COVID-19 and…