The Seven Steps of Accepting Your Diagnosis
Increasing your independence | Strategizing for success

The Seven Steps of Accepting Your Diagnosis

As I have mentioned in previous posts, accepting your diagnosis isn’t as easy as it may first sound. For most people, there’s a fair amount of time between when symptoms first occur and when they know what is actually happening inside their bodies. There also is definitely a sense of loss involved in really recognizing…

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…

Five ways that recording your health history can improve your life
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Five ways that recording your health history can improve your life

I have been living with chronic conditions, both physical and mental, since I was a kid. I’ve been encouraged to write about it, talk about it, think about it, and then put it all aside and move forward with my life. There’s good reasons for doing these things. Today, I want to talk to you…

How embracing your diagnosis improves your life
Taking care of yourself | Strategizing for success

How embracing your diagnosis improves your life

I’ve noticed that some people in various disability-related groups put a huge emphasis on their diagnosis as an identity and that many disability groups are siloed based upon diagnosis. I understand it, but it also worries me. I understand the need to belong and be accepted, and that part of that process when it comes…