Creativity, MS, and Me

Hello, I want to introduce myself to the BlogHer community.  I've been out of paid employment since May 2013 following a bad MS relapse.  I was forced by my health to retire, and for six months could barely get out of bed.  When I had enough energy I would sit up in bed, watch catch up TV on my iPad and knit.  For a long time I believed that's what my life was reduced to.  Gradually I began to regain some energy, and I knew that I need some sort of "meaningful occupation", as it is termed by psychologists, to keep me mentally healthy....more

Top 5 States With the Best Services for the Disabled.

Having a daughter with multiple disabilities, I am always interested in seeing how my state ranks in services for the disabled compared to others.It's easy to find this information thanks to the United Cerebral Palsy Organization who researches and compiles a list ranking each state for how good its services for the disabled are. ...more

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: Nazi extermination of the disabled, and the day I met a survivor of Auschwitz

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp Auschwitz. On this day I stop to remember, ponder, and listen. I reflect upon the atrocities committed by a group of people driven by greed and a lust for power, blinded by prejudice. I pause to hear the voices that cried out, yet were silenced too soon. I will not forget them....more

6 Tips for Caring for Someone with a Physical Disability

Giving care to the disabled is not an easy job. It requires a lot of patience, dedication and understanding. It is not everyone’s cup of tea. To be a good caregiver, you need to, first of all, look after yourself physically as well as mentally. That said, the life of a physically disabled person is no cake-walk either. It isn’t easy to come to terms with the fact that their life have changed forever and they may have even become completely dependent on others to carry out their daily tasks. ...more

Five Things You Should Never Say to the Mother of a Child With Disabilites or a Life Threatening Brain Tumor

Ever since my daughter, Bethany was diagnosed with a very large brain tumor I have been the recipient of much unwanted "medical" and "spiritual" advice and even though Bethany has been cancer free for fourteen years, because her life threatening illness left her with several permanent disabilities, people still often feel compelled to offer me their witty yet still unwanted advice or versions thereof that I first heard so many years ago....more
nomorenicegirl So very true!more

Disability, Sexuality, and Faith

It has become quite obvious that my fifteen year old special needs daughter and a boy in her social club have a little romance going on!  I doubt if they've ever even uttered one word to each other but when they are together he gets right up in her face and takes her hands in his.  Then they dance and run around together, hand in hand!  It's just so incredibly  adorable! ...more
nomorenicegirl You are welcome!  Thanks for reading!more

"It Could Never Happen To Me"

I once heard a comedian/disability advocate introduce himself at the beginning of one of his shows as "not disabled yet." Nicely played, I thought.  Because while disability isn't inevitable for everyone,  there's a good chance that for many people, age (if not circumstance) is eventually going bring some sort of disability....more

Why I Joined the "Boycott Autism Speaks" Movement, Part One

I'm doing some research into Autism Speaks that I've been meaning to do for a long time, trying to understand what exactly has led up the wide-scale boycotts of one of the most well-known autism research and advocacy agencies in the US....more

Break Barriers, Open Doors - Top 5 ways to observe IDPD2013

Did you know that about 15% of the world’s population lives with some kind of disability? Whoa. That means more than 1 billion people are facing all kinds of barriers: physical, social, economic and attitudinal. According to the UN, we are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest and lack equal access to basic resources in education, employment, healthcare, social and legal situations. Yet, we have remained largely invisible. Crazy, right?...more
Hi Christie - Great to find you here on BlogHer.  You're an inspiration!  Keep riding that bicycle!more