Oh the places we will go…

I’ve not taken a proper vacation since my dog was diagnosed with diabetes.  I refused to leave her for over two years until this past September, when I traveled to Washington DC for 2 nights for a patient advocacy trip.  I admit that I was a wreck until I had her back in my arms. […]

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Sorry for smiling….

Recently, social media has been buzzing with the warning that the government will soon be using social media tracking to crack down on disability fraud.  I wouldn’t say this is surprising.  People have been spying on the disabled for years.  Growing up, I always heard how people “faked disability” to milk the system.  My family […]

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Abled People Are From Mars, Disabled People Are From Venus….

I’ve been documenting my journey with my broken foot. It’s been frustrating, painful, and difficult to say the least. Non-weight bearing is hard when you don’t have autoimmune arthritis, but when you do, it’s nearly overwhelming. When I found out my foot hadn’t healed, I decided to stay at my parents’ house over the Christmas […]

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A scary good day…

On Monday, I had my annual mammogram.  The following day, I received a message that there was a problem and I needed to come back.  I missed the call and didn’t get the message until late, so I had to wait until this morning to call back.  The way the message sounded, there was an […]

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My Tail bone’s connected to my foot bone??

Today, I had jury duty.  It went a little something like this: 1. Ask to park in the handicapped parking area, but am sent to the farthest spot away from the elevators because the juror parking lot is closed and they don’t have a handicapped spot in that section. 2. Am told that if I […]

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RA Blog Week #2: Because…

I’m proud to be participating in RA Blog week for the 4th year!  It’s always an honor to be included. Today’s blog prompt is:  Tips – How do you stay fit, cope with stress, relax, or capitalize on a great day. Tell us your secrets for the best life possible……But I’m opting out and doing […]

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So long summer…

I love summer.  I didn’t have the best summer, but regardless, I always hate seeing it come to an end.  Today is also Labor Day.  A day in which we, in the United States, honoring contribution and achievements of American workers.  I am still able to work with my chronic illnesses.  It’s far from easy. […]

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27 and counting…

Tomorrow marks my 27th year in a classroom.  I’ve had many different roles over the years.  My current role is as an speech-language pathologist in a public school system.  I love what I do.  Every job has it’s positive and negative aspects.  I love my helping my students become effective communicators, but I despise the […]

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Patients losing patience…

I’ve written many times about my fear of losing health insurance due to my pre-existing conditions.  Recently, the Justice Department has decided to not defend the Affordable Care Act in court.  Without defense the ACA could be determined to be unconstitutional, thus illuminating the protections put in place for people with pre-existing conditions.  According the […]

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It’s in my blood…

I’m the type of rheumatology patients who has “normal” blood work.  My vitamin D is typically wonky but everything else come back clear.  No explanation as to why I’m so tired.  No explanation for my swollen joints.  Now don’t get me wrong, I DON’T WANT anything to be wrong, I just want an explanation. I […]

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