There is a notion of “free health care” in Canada. That is far from the reality for many, our system remains well beyond the reach of various demographics, particularly those living below the poverty line and the working poor. We do, indeed, have a more open and accessible health care system and there is much… Read More »
I was going for a walk when I met a neighbour. He looked at me and said “where’s your walker? Have you been lying to us?” I wish I could say this was the first time when another person questioned the validity of my disability by visual cues but it wasn’t. I wish I could… Read More »
Definition of Ableist: Discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities characterizing them as defined by their disabilities and as inferior to the non-disabled. Pictures of Stephen Hawking walking away from his wheelchair, comments about he’s now being “freed” or “whole” are incredibly ableist and insulting to not only the man he was but also… Read More »
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 fatigue? Fatigue can by physical or mental. It… Read More »
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 Harris. The episodes, titled “Sick and… Read More »
When I saw this quote I couldn’t help but think of the BC Liberals. People with disabilities are currently being attacked by the very people who were voted in to look after our interests. Taking a program that works, the bus pass program, and making it almost 14x more expensive (from $45 a year to… Read More »
Christmas can be a wonderful time of celebration, but it can also be a time of stress, depression and grief. Here are some tips to help with the holidays: Know that you are not alone. While much of what we hear and see about Christmas is joy, happiness and love, there are many who… Read More »
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 December.
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 office I am expected to lay myself bare… Read More »
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.