Managing doctor care during this lull in Covid-19
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Managing doctor care during this lull in Covid-19

I don’t know about where you live, but here in New Jersey, we’re experiencing a decrease in Covid-19 spread. With everybody (over 16) willing to get vaccinated able to get shots, the numbers are going down a bit and it’s becoming time to think about catching back up with Al and my medical care. I’m…

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…

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 low expectations get me through the holidays
Taking care of yourself | Strategizing for success

How low expectations get me through the holidays

I don’t know about you, but I tend to feel a bit depressed around the holidays. I definitely know that a big part of it is how strongly I associate this time of year with my father’s death. I’ve got a long history with depression and have learned that I tend to mentally string together…

Learning to pivot: Recognizing your choices with the greatest impact
Strategizing for success | Taking care of yourself

Learning to pivot: Recognizing your choices with the greatest impact

Being disabled or chronically ill is often accompanied by a sense of your world shrinking. There are things that you could do, but now can’t. There are places you could go, but are now more challenging or less fun, or more stressful or difficult. Options seem to decrease, and the world often seems just a…

How to take care of yourself while applying for government support
Overcoming Obstacles | Getting Government assistance

How to take care of yourself while applying for government support

I’ve written about why shame is often attached to utilizing social welfare programs. This post digs more deeply into truths we can recognize and mindsets we can embrace to help protect ourselves from that shame while we use these programs designed to help us. We all use Social welfare programs It’s interesting that we often…

Let’s talk about stress during COVID-19
Overcoming Obstacles | Taking care of yourself

Let’s talk about stress during COVID-19

The biggest thing in the news for the past several months has been COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that has been spreading around the world and killing hundreds of thousands of people. In some ways, I’m very tired of covering it – in others, because it is constantly on my mind, I’m feeling like I need…

Keeping yourself balanced while helping a friend
Strategizing for success | Social connections | Taking care of yourself

Keeping yourself balanced while helping a friend

I’ve been writing a lot lately about my own struggle to stay balanced while managing a migraine, my Functional Neurological Disorder(FND) symptoms, my cat Rorschach’s health, and my own emotional response to the threat of losing BiRequest, one of my primary social supports and resources. While all of this has been going on, a friend…

The BiRequest saga continues(as does my migraine)
Taking care of yourself

The BiRequest saga continues(as does my migraine)

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup. words: loving, affirming, waiting, parting, and persevering. I hope you guys aren’t sick of hearing about BiRequest or my migraine yet. I promise as soon as the migraine breaks, I’ll be able to do more researched work, but for now, I’m still trying to minimize…