Taking care of yourself

A Chronic Voice September 2018 linkup

I am trying something a little different today.  A Chronic Voice has a monthly linkup to connect people with chronic illnesses.  Each month, there is a different set of prompts(5 words) that they encourage you to write about.  This is my first time participating.  If you are also interested, please follow the link above! Reconnecting I…

losing friends due to chronic illness: what you can do to keep the right ones!
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losing friends due to chronic illness: what you can do to keep the right ones!

Losing some friends due to chronic illness is practically inevitable and nearly impossible to prevent entirely.  However, there are definitely things that you can do to help yourself maintain many of your friendships, and become closer to the friends you are able to keep.  The first step is to face reality and recognize why you…

Waiting for disability: what to do with yourself between application and decision
Taking care of yourself | Getting Government assistance

Waiting for disability: what to do with yourself between application and decision

There is a lot of information out there about what you can’t do – working after you have applied for disability is risky.  Furthering your education is also a dicey proposition.  During those months to years of waiting for a decision to be reached, what can you do?  What should you do?  Do you really…

Sleep hygiene for insomnia: Getting a better night’s sleep
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Sleep hygiene for insomnia: Getting a better night’s sleep

So, getting a good night’s sleep is vital for our lives and health.  And most disabling conditions cause or exacerbate sleeping issues.  It’s a frustrating situation, and one that requires some consideration – and some planning to resolve!  Today, let’s talk about what good sleep hygiene is(and isn’t), and what you can(and can’t) realistically do…

Going to college with a disability: academic accommodations
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Going to college with a disability: academic accommodations

So you are going to college!  College is an exciting experience for anybody, but when you are managing a disabling condition, it’s vital that you consider your school’s willingness to provide accommodations to you based upon your disability. Accommodations research to help you decide where to go If you are going to need accommodations in…

Can I go to school while on disability?
Overcoming Obstacles | Getting Government assistance

Can I go to school while on disability?

The question of attending school is an important one, as education is an important aspect of personal development.   Students with disabilities who are under 21 Children are always expected to receive schooling, including children with disabilities.  Most children with disabilities have an Individualized Education Plan(IEP), which spells out parent and teacher expectations for the…

Can you travel while on disability?
Overcoming Obstacles | Getting Government assistance

Can you travel while on disability?

Traveling on disability is simultaneously an attractive idea and a serious challenge.  The idea of not needing to live in one place and developing a nomadic lifestyle feels appealing to me, and I am sure to many others as well.   Once you’ve gotten over the initial shock of your condition, and once you have…

Mindful self-compassion
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Mindful self-compassion

Most people have regrets over choices made(or not made), and many people wish their lives were in some way different.  Mindful self-compassion is the practice of being self-aware in the moment and practicing kindness and empathy to yourself while you are there. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the ability to live in the moment –…

Disability and marriage rules
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Disability and marriage rules

We are in the midst of wedding season.  Weddings are generally beautiful affairs where two people commit to one another, announce their love to the world, and celebrate their relationship with family and friends.  I attended two weddings this year, one for my cousin in Ohio, and another where a long-time friend of Al’s got…