Abuse, Health, Personal, Social

Dating While Disabled

Do you remember your worst date? Does the memory of it make you cringe? Mine does. My worst date was with a guy I met on OkCupid. He lived 45 minutes away in the outskirts of town so when we decided to finally meet in person, we picked a Burger King that was halfway between… Continue reading Dating While Disabled

Caregivers, Health, Personal, Social

Emotional Caregiving

*To my readers: I apologize for the long absence (again). I was applying to law schools and am proud to announce that I will be attending Saint Louis University School of Law this coming Fall! Thanks for your patience and I promise to write more consistently on this blog.* If I had a dollar for… Continue reading Emotional Caregiving

Abuse, Health, Personal

On Abuse and Not Deserving It

Imagine waking up to find yourself strapped down in bed, completely unable to move. You'll probably be unstrapped soon, but until then, do you go back to sleep? Can you go back to sleep? Should you even try? No, I'm not talking about Gerald’s Game (although the movie that just came out on Netflix is… Continue reading On Abuse and Not Deserving It

Health, Mental Health, Personal, Uncategorized

Mental Health Part One – A Long-Term Problem

This is the first in a multi-part series dealing with mental health issues and impact that mental illness has on disability. Once upon a time, and not that long ago at all, I woke up on a coldish spring morning and the first thought in my head was "I shouldn't be alive anymore." I was… Continue reading Mental Health Part One – A Long-Term Problem

Abuse, Health

The Right of Body Autonomy

Sometimes, when you have a disability, other people feel that they have a right to control or affect your body in ways that are unnecessary, unhelpful, and at times even painful, emotionally and physically. Strangers pat us on the head in public, acquaintances we don’t know too well hug us, and sometimes people provide physical… Continue reading The Right of Body Autonomy

Abuse, Health

Disabled Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotlines by State

If you or a loved one is in immediate physical danger, please call 911. If the danger is not immediate, call your local or state hotline below: Alabama: 1-800-458-7214 Alaska: 1-800-478-9996 (Toll free in Alaska); 907-269-3666 (Out of state) Arizona: 1-877-SOS-ADULT or 1-767-2385; File an APS report online Arkansas: 1-800-482-8049 California: Adult Protective Services (APS) by county Colorado: Adult Protective Services… Continue reading Disabled Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotlines by State

Health

9 Healthy Habits for Uncertain Times

When things in the world get difficult and seem a little hopeless, it can be easy to forget about self-care. Things in the political world are in flux right now and that can make some of us pretty worried and stressed out about the future. In situations like this, it's important to put self-care first so… Continue reading 9 Healthy Habits for Uncertain Times