NHBPM – Doing My Own Prompt Today – Chronic Illness Links

Welcome. This post is part of the WEGO Health National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM) challenge for November, 2012.

I must admit, I am not feeling any of the prompts today. But, I still want to try and do a post each day this month so today’s post is a collection of chronic illness articles.

Two University of Toronto students, Alex Levy, 25, and Aakash Sahney, 22, have created an app that gives a voice to people with disabilities. As the article states, the app helps a variety of people.

“Users include young people with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism and muscular dystrophy as well as elderly people affected by strokes, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, aphasia or other conditions.

Natasha Tracy of Breaking Bipolar has a video where she gives some suggestions on becoming an empowered patient and having the conversation with your doctor on becoming an empowered patient.

The BBC has an internet radio show and a blog about living with a disability called Ouch!

Disability Horizons is an online magazine. Their vision from their about page is:

To create a positive, interesting and useful disability related magazine with articles and resources to help disabled people achieve whatever they wish.

The Lovers’ Guide has a variety of articles about sex and disability. It’s an NSFW educational site that has articles about sex and relationships that also has a sex shop.

MedicinePlus has two articles to help those of us with chronic illness, whether we are starting our journey with chronic illness or need a gentle reminder about things we already know. They are Living with a chronic illness – dealing with feelingsand Living with a chronic illness – reaching out to others.

Happy reading!

ABCs Of Disability – The Letter G

(Image via peacepulse.blogspot.com)

I haven’t really done much posting lately about disability or chronic illness. Part of it is not being on the computer as much since I fell last month. I was at the doctor’s on Friday and I’m having x-rays done on my ankle and wrist to make sure nothing was broken. My ankle keeps getting better but my right wrist has only healed to a point. And, of course, I am right-handed. So, I’ll go get the x-rays done and see if I have something like a hairline fracture.

But, mostly, I think it’s because “Spring Has Sprung”. Finally! The temperatures have been warming up, finally going into double-digit (Celsius) numbers. As of this writing, it looks like we’ll be going two (2) whole days with no rain! April has been wet and cold. And did I mention wet and cold? Now, I either don’t have to wear a coat or only my raincoat. We can go out and play! Attitudes are changing and good moods are coming back.

(Image via  hitchsafe.com)

Allergies have been kicking into high gear for those of us who suffer, but that’s OK because it means green and growth. Grass is growing, buds are on the trees, birds are chirping and the leaves of the perennials have been sprouting from the ground. Tulips have already bloomed. Others flowers will be in the next week or two.

(Image via viewthrumygloballens.blogspot.com)

So, I’ve been thinking of different “G” words lately. Growth, green, good and good enough. Spring is here so there is growth and green all around.  At times I’ve been feeling good, or at the very least, good enough most days to enjoy everything changing from dreary to sunny. And sometimes being good enough is very good indeed.

(Image via bbc.co.uk)

Spring is here!

ABCs of Disability – The Letter A

A is for adversity.  Normally, adversity is viewed as a negative.  However, there are people who are amazingly proving this wrong.

I recently watched a video from TEDMED which is part of TED.  If you haven’t heard about TED, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and started out as a conference in 1984.   Now…

Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and Open TV Project, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

Their about page explains:

On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 700 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks are subtitled in English, and many are subtitled in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.

This list of tags shows how diversified the talks have become.

The speaker in the video I watched is Aimee Mullins and was filmed in 2009.  Aimee is an amputee who was a record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, and she talks about adversity and how adversity can be used positively in life.

It is 22 minutes long but goes by really quickly.   I found her quite engaging and inspiring as she talks about her life, her disability and how words and language label us and affect our thinking.

Here’s the link to the video. There is also a link to a transcript on the right-hand side of the page.

Enjoy and be inspired!