Caregivers, Mental Health, Personal, Relationships

Mental Health Part Three – I’m Not a Burden

Trigger Warning: Suicide, illness Growing up, I was in the hospital A LOT. I had severe respiratory illnesses all throughout my childhood multiple times a year, and every time I would get sick, my parents would be by my side as often as they could be. I was pretty much never alone in the hospital… Continue reading Mental Health Part Three – I’m Not a Burden

Personal, Social

The Give and Take of Disability

One of the questions I have always asked myself is ‟What would my life be like if I was not disabled?”  Now, I know it’s a stupid question. I know that there's no possible way of knowing and even if there was, who's to say that the non-disabled version of me would really be me… Continue reading The Give and Take of Disability

Caregivers, Social

“So, I hired a caregiver — now what?”

When I moved away from home to go to college, I had to make a rapid adjustment from being at home with my parents to living independently with the help of hired caregivers. At times, I did not handle it well. I remember wishing that I had some kind of instruction manual to help me… Continue reading “So, I hired a caregiver — now what?”

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

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