I Have a Sitting Disability: What That Means

26 Mar
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It’s something you hear about. In fact, I had the condition for years before I knew it had a name. It’s not exactly official. You won’t find it on the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) website or even WebMD. But...
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4 Things People with Disabilities Find Helpful When We’re “Out in the World”

20 Mar
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One of my speaking programs on disability has a strong focus on universal design, which is defined as making spaces, objects, and experiences accessible to all people regardless of disability or other difference. Yes, this means having ramps, but much,...
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My Mortifying Evening With Fibro

21 Feb
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I can’t blame it all on fibromyalgia. My printer had its share of guilt. And of course COVID. The snowstorm wasn’t innocent. Yet wherever the blame may go, it was I who was mortified. Last Thursday evening, the municipal authority...
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Mantra Checkpoints for Impossible Days

6 Dec
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I do love using the Splat system and the Impact Map to help manage self-expectations and to lighten the load, when I’m having my worse days, without all the guilt. But there are plenty of times in life when adulting...
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Creatively Overcoming Mental Health Effects of Chronic Pain (or whatever may be attacking your mental health)

12 Nov
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Chronic pain doesn’t just literally hurt. It takes a toll on our mental health as well. Some of the ways it affects *my* mental health are: One of my chronic pain conditions (fibromyalgia) actually has mental health symptoms! These include...
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An Unexpected Intersection of Ageism and Ableism

18 Sep
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From Oxford Languages: ageism /ˈājˌizəm/ noun prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age. ableism /ˈābəˌlizəm/ noun discrimination in favor of able-bodied people. Ageism and ableism go hand-in-hand; the natural aging process is indicative of lessening capabilities and...
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Documinitary: Disabled Dog Teaches Her Favorite Coping Skill … on an Epic Adventure

5 Jun
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#Amicasmells: The Movie Last year, my dog Amica and I wandered around the United States (mostly the wild west) for 10 weeks. There were plenty of reasons behind the trip, some I knew going in, and some I didn’t know...
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(#) Things Since (Terrible Thing)

9 May
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Like this: “50 Things Since Fibro” or “19 Things Since COVID-19” I was feeling sorry for myself yesterday. I was feeling disabled. It happens sometimes because, you know, I have disabilities. It’s a terrible feeling and I wanted to kick...
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My 3-Item “Reset Mantra” When Legit Trying is Too Hard

10 Apr
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How ’bout all those positive messages and happy how-tos that I write about? Look, I understand that pretty much everything in life is easier said than done. And sometimes, being positive is just too flippin’ hard. Right now is one...
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