Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Men­tal Health Aware­ness Month. The month is about real­iz­ing how com­mon men­tal health issues are, sup­port­ing each oth­er through them, and remov­ing the stig­ma about them. A few sta­tis­tics: 21% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced men­tal ill­ness in 2020 (52.9 mil­lion peo­ple). This rep­re­sents 1 in 5 adults. 5.6% of U.S. adults expe­ri­enced seri­ous mental […]

An Update Instead of a Book Review!

I looked back at my recent entries and real­ized that it’s been a real­ly long time since I post­ed much of any­thing sub­stan­tive. I’m com­ing out of a long peri­od of being near­ly zomb­i­fied thanks to one of my med­ica­tions. I did­n’t real­ize that was hap­pen­ing, as I’d been on that drug for years without […]

YAY!

We were fair­ly sure of this right after I final­ly had my Social Secu­ri­ty hear­ing last month based on the very pos­i­tive state­ments from the judge, but I did­n’t want to jinx any­thing. We got the offi­cial let­ter in the mail today, say­ing that the deci­sion was “ful­ly favor­able!” SQUEE! It will still take some […]

Shouldn’t Be This Tired

The girl had an appoint­ment at the doc­tor’s office today, then we had to go to Chil­dren’s Health­care of Atlanta to have an EKG and lab work done–just part of the nor­mal mon­i­tor­ing for some of her meds. And that’s all we did today, oth­er than try­ing to pick up my meds (which weren’t ready) […]

Review: Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease

I read Women, Work and Autoim­mune Dis­ease by Ros­alind Joffe and Joan Fried­lan­der a few months back, but for some rea­son, my review on Ama­zon took a while to show up, and I did­n’t think to keep a copy for myself. It seems to final­ly be there now, so I’ll put it here, too (slight­ly […]

Working?

I’m work­ing on a new pod­cast episode. Real­ly! And I’d like very much to hear from you. Are you work­ing? Have you had to change any­thing about work since devel­op­ing a chron­ic ill­ness? Have any of you gone back to work after tak­ing some time off? Is any­body will­ing to be inter­viewed? Thanks!

Rumbles from the Recliner

Not from the grave, oh no, not yet! It’s been too long to do a real “this is all that has hap­pened in my life.” Writ­ing it would exhaust me, and read­ing it would like­ly bore you. If you want to know about some­thing in par­tic­u­lar, please ask. I’ll be post­ing a few things short­ly that […]

I need an empty nest icon

No, noth­ing shock­ing has hap­pened. But Katie did start school today, and I feel as if she’s done need­ing me. It did­n’t hit me near­ly this hard last year, for what­ev­er rea­son. It seems more “real” now. She’s just so grown up!  In years past, too, I stayed at home because I was home­school­ing. The Mom­my. Now, […]

It Isn’t Karma or Punishment

We did noth­ing, in this or any oth­er life, to deserve ill­ness. We aren’t being pun­ished, nor are health­i­er peo­ple being reward­ed. I’m all for find­ing out about the phys­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal bases of our con­di­tions, as that infor­ma­tion is often a key part of find­ing the right treat­ment and pre­vent­ing relapse.  Look­ing for a […]

Accessibility

I’m fol­low­ing up on my post about LJ acces­si­bil­i­ty. I would have sim­ply replied in the com­ments, but I think it’s an impor­tant top­ic. Web site acces­si­bil­i­ty, just like build­ing acces­si­bil­i­ty, is about mak­ing resources avail­able to every­one regard­less of any phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties they may have. You want to have all your friends able to visit […]

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