Food can be medicine too: the power and danger of special diets
Fabulous food | Strategizing for success

Food can be medicine too: the power and danger of special diets

One of the things you’ll find if you start researching medical conditions is that there are often dietary suggestions made—things to add (or remove) from your diet, suggestions for what you should (or shouldn’t) eat, and suggestions for when and how to eat. It can easily become overwhelming, and it can also put your health…

Participating in discussion groups about your condition
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

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…

The many challenges Covid-19 has added to the holiday season
Social connections | Strategizing for success

The many challenges Covid-19 has added to the holiday season

While many countries have gotten Covid-19 under control by now, the US has dramatically failed that challenge. We are among the worst countries in the world in terms of both infections and fatalities from this disease. One of the biggest spikes this year was associated with Thanksgiving, which is usually the biggest travel weekend of…

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…

Can you get disability if you have FND?
Getting Government assistance | Overcoming Obstacles

Can you get disability if you have FND?

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) is a relatively common (though rarely properly diagnosed) condition. I was diagnosed in 2003 when it was still being called Conversion Disorder (and labeled as a mental illness rather than a neurological condition). I want to be really clear about this: the condition you have (your diagnosis) is less impactful on…