The Sunshine Blogger Award: Multiplied

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The Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve seen this award going around on Twitter, especially during April and May. To have been nominated for three blogger awards within six months of blogging is startling! As I have stated, none of what I have been doing is for my own recognition. It is all to help further break down the discrimination and stigma surrounding the chronic illness, mental health, and disability communities. Continue reading

The Liebster Award

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I have been nominated for the Liebster Award recently. This is an award that is given to bloggers by bloggers. As in my ‘Disability Award’ post, I think that this is the best type of award. Who better to pass on the honor, than one who is doing the same as you are?Especially when it is a good friend that nominates you! Thank you so much @BabyGirlBowen for nominating me. It is really such a privilege that you would consider me for this! I also echo your sentiment, it is awesome to be nominated after only having been blogging since the end of February. 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