Disability and Sleep disorders: why we need a good night’s rest
Overcoming Obstacles | Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Disability and Sleep disorders: why we need a good night’s rest

Nearly 20% of the global population has a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders can be debilitating themselves, and sleep disorders make other conditions worse.  With our daily patterns and routines disrupted, the only thing that would be surprising would be if our sleep cycles weren’t affected by our disabilities! Why is sleep so important? When you are asleep, your…

Disability and loneliness: importance of maintaining social connections
Social connections | Strategizing for success

Disability and loneliness: importance of maintaining social connections

One of the big differences between ’being sick’ and dealing with a chronic condition is how your relationships and activities are affected.  If you’re sick, staying home and resting up IS a great idea.  Sure, you may miss one or two activities you were looking forward to, but you’ll feel better and get back into…

Can you get disability if you have never worked?(What is SSI)
Overcoming Obstacles | Getting Government assistance

Can you get disability if you have never worked?(What is SSI)

The short answer is: probably if you are ‘disabled enough’.   Supplemental Security Income(SSI) is a needs-based program specifically designed to help people who do not have the work history to apply for SSDI.  Generally, these are people who have been affected by their condition since birth or childhood, or who have spent long periods of…

I need structure in my life, and you do too!
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

I need structure in my life, and you do too!

 Most people spend much of their lives living within societal structure.  By this, I mean that most people went to school as children, had scheduled work hours as an adult, and otherwise had discrete blocks of time set aside for specific activities.  One of the social problems with a disabling condition is that those of…

Can you work while applying for disability?
Getting Government assistance | Overcoming Obstacles

Can you work while applying for disability?

I was fortunate enough to never need to ask that question. When I applied, I was physically unable to work due to symptoms and had lost two jobs in the previous three months.  My parents helped me through the wait financially, and I focused on my treatments and healing process.  I did not even think…

Misdiagnosed by your doctor?  Here are ways to minimize and mitigate the damage!
Dealing with Doctors | Overcoming Obstacles

Misdiagnosed by your doctor? Here are ways to minimize and mitigate the damage!

There are times when doctors, very simply, are wrong.  There are also times when they do not know the answer. Mistakes can and will happen, and your goal as a patient is to make sure you are properly diagnosed by your doctor.  Making sure you aren’t misdiagnosed!  If your doctor does not know what your…

Maintaining mental health while filing for disability
Overcoming Obstacles | Getting Government assistance

Maintaining mental health while filing for disability

Filing for disability put me in a depressive funk that left me exhausted, and the process of filing the paperwork literally took me weeks because I couldn’t work on it for more than ten to fifteen minutes at a time before I was physically unable to continue.  Filing for disability, in itself, was an emotional…

Why friendships fall apart after severe illness or injury
Social connections

Why friendships fall apart after severe illness or injury

It is terrifyingly easy to become socially isolated after a serious injury or illness.  It doesn’t happen to all people, as there are a lot of variables. The quality of the friends that you have before your trauma is one of those important details that will affect your friendships post-injury.  Friendships and social interaction are…