I am currently experiencing higher than usual pain levels, and am unable to keep up the blog. I hope to return to writing regular blogs in November.
For an audio version go to: https://youtu.be/9tx3CihvP90 In 1989, The Golden Girls kicked off their fifth season with a two-part episode about Dorothy (Bea Arthur) trying to get a medical professional to take her mysterious fatigue and physical symptoms seriously. The story was based on the real life struggles of Golden Girls staff writer Susan >> Read the full article here
For an audio version go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBckiuxZNiM&feature=youtu.be As a patient I feel extremely vulnerable going to a doctor. In the outside world I am told verbally, and by way of silent societal pressures, that I should not talk about my chronic pain and health issues, and yet as soon as I enter a doctor’s >> Read the full article here
I apologize for not posting for the past couple of months, this blog is still active, but I am taking a forced break as I deal with a chronic pain flare that doesn’t seem to want to end. I hope to have new posts again starting in April. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
For an audio version go to: http://youtu.be/ukCm9jFAZgY Parking: 1. If you do not have a parking decal for the parking space do NOT park in spaces marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility (as shown in photograph). Even if you think you are only stopping for a few minutes do not stop there unless >> Read the full article here
For an audio version go to: http://youtu.be/ED-0LmViMlg —– Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. – Mark Twain As a person with a disability I could have lost my sanity a long time ago, if not for my sense of humour. Experiencing inaccessibility on a daily basis is a constant frustration, but every now and again I >> Read the full article here
For the audio version go to: http://youtu.be/bRb3lOWdyxY —– Words matter. Words label. Words explain. Words create perception and misperception. Words can hurt. Words can limit. Words can lift. And words can convey powerful messages. Within the disability world there has been a shift towards “people first” language, whereby the person comes first and the disability >> Read the full article here
For an audio version go to: For an audio version go to http://youtu.be/xlJCjZdbRzw For too long people with disabilities have been treated as second-class citizens. They have repeatedly been bombarded by messages that they their bodies are defective, that they need to be fixed or cured, and that their inability to participate fully in society >> Read the full article here
For an audio version go to http://youtu.be/fyU0mlqeFz0 Recently I saw a post on Facebook of a link to a news item. The piece was about a woman who “defies odds, learns to walk again after spinal cord injury”. The piece explains that she did so through “faith and fortitude” making “a liar” of doctors. As >> Read the full article here
For an audio version go to http://youtu.be/kjWimbhj1I8 —– One of the most frustrating experiences of living with fatigue is the inability to help others truly understand what one lives with on a daily basis. Following is an analogy that I have found useful for describing how fatigue affects one’s life. First of all, what is >> Read the full article here