An Inspirational Controversy

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Inspiration. Oxford Dictionaries describes it as, “The quality of being inspired, especially when evident in something… A person or thing that inspires.” We all have something or someone that inspires us. Maybe as a kid you looked up to your dad and wanted to be just like him. He was your source of inspiration. John Quincy Adams even is quoted as saying, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” The issue is, what if you do not want to be a leader or an inspiration to others? 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

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

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

The CDC “Highlights” Opiate guidelines

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The Opiate Crisis. What a toll it has taken on not only my health and well being, but the health and even lives of countless individuals across the United States. The CDC just issued a warning and apology against the misuse of the guidelines that so many doctors and pharmacists have been treating like the law. The thing is, it is not a guideline if people from the CDC are actually coming to the doctors offices and checking in on them. Continue reading

Jaquie: Remembering the Girl Who Inspired Thousands

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Today we are talking about something a little more personal for me. On April 29th, I found out that Jaquie from Chronically Jaquie on YouTube died. For those of you who do not know about her, Jaquie was a true chronic illness warrior. She dealt with Mast Cell Activation Disorder, Narcolepsy, POTS, EDS, Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), Gastroparesis, having multiple feeding tubes, and a Mitochondrial disease, to name a few. Continue reading

Disability Blogger Award

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I have graciously been nominated for the Disability Blogger Award by Rhiann from www.brainlesionandme.com. I was notified by her on one of my recent posts, ‘Amusement Park Rides Banning Disabled People‘ and was very shocked. Thank you so much Rhiann, this means the world to me! This is an award of recognition to those blogging in the chronic illness, mental health, disability, and special needs communities. Continue reading

Amusement Park Rides Banning Disabled People

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My favorite thing to do on a hot sunny day was to go to an amusment park. I’m pretty sure most everyone enjoys these types of parks because of all the variety of fun they bring. The food, live shows, games, and shops are all exciting to go to. However, the best part for me was the rides. Any type of ride I loved, yet I lost a big amount of love for these parks today. While I cannot go to these amusement parks anymore due to my disabilities, many other people with disabilities can go. Yet more and more of these people are being turned away and banned from going on these rides just because they are disabled. Continue reading

Virginia’s Making Big Strides for Mental Health

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On Monday, the 18th of March, Virginia completed a bill put in action by previous Gov. Terry McAuliffe to make all Community Health Services provide same day access for mental health. There are 40 locations in total that are publicly funded and offer this same day service for adults and children alike. Continue reading

Evie’s Law Continues the Fight for Discrimination-Free Organ Transplants

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Did you know that adults and children alike all over the United States are being denied eligibility for organ transplants? Was it because they couldn’t pay for it, insurance didn’t cover it, or they didn’t meet the requirements? No, these beautiful people are being denied because they have disabilities. They have disabilities such as Down Syndrome and Autism. Doctors have been deciding that these people didn’t have enough quality of life to be worth providing an organ transplant to. Continue reading