In 2015, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared July as Disability Pride Month to celebrate the ADA’s 25th anniversary. Disability Pride Month commemorates the passage of the ADA (Americans with Disability Act) and promotes visibility and positive awareness, acceptance, and recognition, and educates others on being an ally. It’s also about reminding everyone that … Continue reading Disability Pride Month
I have had Imposter Syndrome for really all my life. Along with 70% of the population, at some time or another. Imposter syndrome is that feeling that any successes you have had are due to luck or some external influences outside of yourself. And not your skills, talent or qualifications. The psychologists Pauline Rose Clance … Continue reading Imposter Syndrome and chronic illness
You apply for a job. You have all the skills and experience required for it. Maybe you have a gap in your resume because you needed treatment of some sort for your disability but you are ready to get back to it. You see that little box on the application- Do you have a disability? … Continue reading Should I inform an employer I have a disability?
With the loss of work and even before that, with the loss of self worth, my sense of self, disintegrated and I faltered on how to repair it. I didn't for some time. I just coasted. It has only been over the last four years I have really focused on repair and restructuring that real … Continue reading Chronic illness and the loss of sense of self
I have blogged about survival mode before. This is when we push through the pain long-term and get to a state where all other aspects of our lives shrink, we only do what is fundamentally necessary to exist and life is Just an existence. We do what we must and crash and burn at the … Continue reading Survival mode with chronic pain and the lack of options we have in society
How do you know someone is faking fibromyalgia? Hmm. This is a thing people google. And I can tell you the short answer right now is that statistically speaking if you assume they are not, you'd most likely be right. Because it is so rare that anyone fakes an illness. I know a lot of … Continue reading So you think someone is faking fibromyalgia?