It's been about 2 years now since I had a major relapse (meaning weeks and weeks of more severe symptoms). This is huge -- it means that I am willing to take risks like signing up for a work trip, taking on something larger at work, and being more responsible for things at home without a … Continue reading Life without major relapses
I had my first session with a private dog trainer to explore what Gryffin could do to be of help to me. I have my work cut out for me! Here's what we discussed: Retrieving things: Gryffin could help pick things up and bring them to me when I need them. One of the most … Continue reading Training a service dog
I have spent the past two weeks exploring what it means to work with Lyme disease from a new perspective. I've blogged before about why I think it's valuable to view Lyme disease through the lense of disability. I've also blogged extensively about work and Lyme disease. However, I've never really put the two together. … Continue reading Disability Accommodations?
I have been working toward this for two years now, and I can finally talk about the work we've done with the help of many volunteers. My paper, "Competing Online Viewpoints and Models of Chronic Illness" will be published at the premier venue in my field, the 2011 conference on Computer Human Interaction. For those of you … Continue reading How does all that misinformation online affect Lymies?
For years now, I have been (on and off) on the bank, resting among the soft moss and watching the river go by. I stepped to the side for a few months when each child was born, and again for longer as my illness progressed. I'm not sure just when it happened, but I no … Continue reading Getting off the banks
Not a lot phases me and I generally don't care how people judge me, my clothing, my cane, and many other things ... But a few things, I've discovered I am very sensitive about. Some I have been lucky enough to avoid (such as using a wheelchair -- I decided not to get one, but exploring … Continue reading Personal limits
People with disabilities are a unique minority, a group that any of us can join at any time. I first identified with the group as a graduate student in the 90s when my hands were so non-functional that I had trouble doing many basic things ... and no one could tell me if/when I would … Continue reading Are you disabled?