What is SSDI and how does it work?
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What is SSDI and how does it work?

SSDI stands for Social Security Disability Insurance, which is one of two programs to support people who are too disabled to work. SSDI is specifically for people who have enough of a work history that they would be eligible for social security benefits when they retire. This program is run by the Social Security Administration(SSA)…

Befriending my condition, the process that got me there
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Befriending my condition, the process that got me there

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  words: Adjusting, Hoping, Surviving, Befriending & Awakening Putting these words together, the idea of recognizing my limitations and how my condition works jumps out at me. This is a very internalized process, but a vital one for developing a good self-care routine, and indeed…

Getting a second opinion: how, when, and why to do it!
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Getting a second opinion: how, when, and why to do it!

If your condition is complicated, you will likely need to see a variety of experts.  Somewhere on that journey, a doctor, most often a specialist of some sort, will recognize your symptoms and give you a diagnosis.  Is that diagnosis enough?  Are you set now?  Or do you need to go deeper down the rabbit…

How filing for disability hurts you(and why you need to do it anyway)
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How filing for disability hurts you(and why you need to do it anyway)

I’m not trying to be discouraging or to tell you not to apply.  I have been supported by SSDI(social security disability insurance) for well over 15 years, and I know that my quality of life would be much worse if I were not on this program.   What I do want to do is give…

Making new friends despite disabling conditions
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Making new friends despite disabling conditions

Many types of disabling conditions can make it difficult to make and keep friends!  Today, let’s talk about what we can do to increase our options in terms of making friends!   Challenges to connecting with others when you have a visible disability My symptoms are not generally visible, but I have noticed that I…

Self-evaluation -an alternative to New Year’s resolutions!
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Self-evaluation -an alternative to New Year’s resolutions!

So now that the new year has started, lots of people are making their New Year’s resolutions, planning for the year ahead, and otherwise trying to work on a clean slate. In the meantime, those of us managing disabling and chronic conditions often find ourselves frustrated because our symptoms or conditions don’t allow for a…

A Chronic Voice January 2019
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A Chronic Voice January 2019

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  Prompts: Dedicating, Establishing, Breaking, Strengthening, Allowing Like many new years I have experienced, 2019 finds me hopeful but tired, and wanting to use this ‘new year’ energy to improve myself and my life.  This just is a good time for self-reflection, growth, and creating…

A Chronic Voice December 2018

A Chronic Voice December 2018

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  Prompts: De-Stressing, Savouring, Simplifying, Resting, Finalising I often spend late November and much of December focused on finding the positives.  I struggle to connect with the joy and giving that are often assumed and expected, while I try to participate in celebrations and keep…

Gratitude is the best attititude to help you heal
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Gratitude is the best attititude to help you heal

I am sure that you have heard this phrase somewhere before(or something similar ‘cultivate an attitude of gratitude’) – it’s appearing on a lot of self-help sites, meditation sites, and lots of wellness guides.  I’m here to tell you that yes, there is a scientific basis for this statement and that it is true!  I…