June’s Chronic Illness Linkup

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It’s that time of the month again! I’m joining June’s Linkup for chronic illness. If you are new, let me explain what this linkup is. Each month, Sheryl Chan from A Chronic Voice, picks 5 topics to write about. The topics for this month are repeating, wondering, turning, getting, and desiring. You don’t have to write a lot about each topic, just a paragraph or two will do. Let’s review the rules for anyone here that’s new. Continue reading

Panicking, but Where’s the Disco?

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Panic attacks, you either love them or hate them. Who am I kidding, we all dislike panic attacks. The sudden intensity and feeling of your heart racing. You feel like you have been stuck in an epic Marvel fight scene, without the ability to move, breathe, or fight back. Am I having a heart attack, because surely I am dying!? Continue reading

California Teacher Forced to Pay Substitute Because of Cancer

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In California, the law mandates that teachers pay substitutes out of their own salaries when on extended leave. This is the case right now for an unidentified teacher who is currently battling breast cancer. She is liable to have a max of $246 taken out each day. This teacher works for the San Francisco Unified School District, teaching second grade at Glen Park Elementary. Teachers in California are allowed only ten sick days per year, then every day after that comes out of their own paychecks. Continue reading

Why We Need Genetic Research: Application (Part 3)

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Welcome back to the ‘Why We Need Genetic Research’ series! Today we will be talking about how this research can be applied. If you missed the first post about the history of genetic research, I will link it here. Similarly, if you missed the last post about the importance of genetic research, it will be linked here. Genetic research specific to the human body has numerous different applications. The field of Genetics has allowed for scientists to control the environment and the world around us. Continue reading

The Link Between Lucid Dreaming and Chronic Illness

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Are you aware of the concept of lucid dreaming? Maybe you’ve heard about the nightmarish fugue states where people are unable to move as a ghostly/demon being looks at them. That’s lucid dreaming in a nutshell, but it goes so much deeper than that. Continue reading

The Plastic Straw Debate

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Did you know that plastic straws are being banned all across the world? That sounds like an amazing thing for the environment and wildlife. Don’t get me wrong, it is, but in the process, this straw ban is harming millions of disabled people. Most people are able to drink a beverage with or without a straw. It is just a matter of preference. However, for disabled people who have problems in dexterity, holding weight, or need to have their carers help them drink, this poses a huge problem. Straws are an integral way to allow someone to drink any type of beverage, with little difficulty. This ban is literally making drinking impossible for people. Continue reading

The Chronically Care Project

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I am very excited to be able to do a feature on of my best friends today. Her name is Claire and she created the Chronically Care Project. This is the next company that is going on my ‘Top Related Causes Page’. This project is hosted by the Chronically Beautiful, Claire’s blog. She handmakes fleece blankets and gives them away every other week in a giveaway hosted on her Instagram and Facebook pages. Continue reading

Why Advocacy Matters: A Collaboration

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Advocating. What does that exactly mean? Merriam-Webster describes advocacy as one who supports or promotes the interests of a cause or group. An advocate’s goal is to create change where it is needed. Whether this is to promote a change in legislation, public opinion, or to create an environment of support, an advocate fights for their cause. There is not just one type of advocate either. Continue reading

Is Disability A Bad Word?

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In mid April of this year, Clover Moore, the Sydney Lord Mayor, is considering making the word disabled a bad thing. She is being advised by the City Council who is currently trying to modernize their disability policies. The Council advises that the word disability will soon become as bad as the ‘n’ word today. This is offensive to many groups of people and honestly doesn’t relate to the topic. Continue reading

Anxiety and It’s Effects During Pregnancy

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It is widely known that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression have a genetic base. After writing my article “The Missing Link?”, I began to wonder if anxiety itself has more of a complicated starting, specifically during pregnancy. The goal in doing this research was also founded by the fact that my brother and I were born by an extremely anxious mother. Continue reading