Mystery Blogger Award: Double Trouble

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I have been nominated for another award! Honestly, I feel so shocked. Our Un-imaginables community is really growing and I am overjoyed to be making such a difference. I would like to thank both Leo from The Anxious Teacher’ and Ilona Taylor-Conway from the ‘Pesky Pelvis’. Continue reading

July’s Chronic Illness Linkup 2019

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That time of the month is here again! Wow, I feel like I just participated in June’s Chronic Illness Linkup. This year is going by fast! Just to review, Sheryl Chan from ‘A Chronic Voice’ hosts these monthly linkup parties. She comes up with different topics each month to write about and we interpret them however we please. This month’s topics are justifying, starting, analyzing, concluding, and planning. The rules are down below for anyone interested in joining. Let’s get started! Continue reading

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

Playing the Waiting Game

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As someone who has never “officially” worked before in their life, getting monetary help from the government proves to be very difficult. I fell ill when I had recently turned 14 in 2011. This illness proved to be chronic and condition after condition piled onto my diagnoses chart. I am housebound and have continued to have gotten worse since the day I began to acquire those illnesses. In the government’s eyes, a person who has never worked, did not go to college, and who is not actively trying to get a job is trying to cheat the system. Continue reading

73 Questions About Me: A Vogue Parody

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I had the honor of being nominated for this fun challenge by my best blogging friend, Bethany from ‘The Hidden Truths of a Disabled Girl. The challenge is a Vogue Magazine parody that is currently trending in the blogger-sphere right now (I haven’t heard of it until this nomination). Shows you how much I keep up with the times! This post is quite a fun thing to do and pretty convenient as well since I was planning on doing a more in depth post about myself anyways. I think I will even link this to my ‘About Me‘ page as a fun get to know me post. Thank you so much Bethany! 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

Edema vs. Lymphedema: What’s the Difference?

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Today we will talk about the difference between Lymphedema and normal swelling (Edema). If you missed my first post describing Lymphedema, you can view it here. So, the tricky part about getting diagnosed with lymphedema is the fact that swelling is usually a symptom and not a disorder in it of itself. That’s where edema comes in. Oxford dictionaries describes edema as, “a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body.” That sounds a lot like Lymphedema, especially if you are not well trained to see the difference. Continue reading

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

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