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Things I Wish I Knew Before My Diagnosis

The idea for this post came from an article written by Tiffany Kairos and appeared on The Epilepsy Journey. When you are first diagnosed with epilepsy, you must be your own advocate Participate in online and/or in-person support groups Learn about epilepsy medication, herbal treatments, therapies, and treatments Teach your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors about epilepsy To make it through …Continue reading →

Diagnosing Brain Injury with a Blood Test

The information below is an excerpt of a news release by Johns Hopkins University. A new blood test could help emergency room doctors quickly diagnose traumatic brain injury and determine its severity. The findings, published in the Journal of Neurotrauma, could help identify patients who might benefit from extra therapy or experimental treatments. “Compared to other proteins that have been measured …Continue reading →

53 Million US Adults Have A Disability

Excerpt of press release by the Centers for Diseases Control | PR Newswire ATLANTA, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation – defined as serious difficulty walking …Continue reading →

Females at Greater Risk than Males

A new study adds a twist to the pronounced ways that autism affects women and men differently. While men are four times more likely to develop autism than women, when women develop autism they are more likely to also have seizures that don’t respond to epilepsy medications. Epilepsy, which affects up to a third of all people with autism, involves recurrent seizures that …Continue reading →

It Could be Dry by 2016

According to an Associated Press article, the 11 million people who receive Social Security disability face steep benefit cuts in 2016 — unless Congress acts, the government said. The trustees that oversee Social Security said the disability trust fund will run out of money in late 2016, right in the middle of a presidential campaign. That would trigger an automatic …Continue reading →

Sentenced for Disability Fraud

When I saw the Associated Press story, many thoughts raced through my mind. I am not an attorney or judge, but I definitely have questions about the story and I think you will too. Background An Oregon resident who transitioned to a woman more than three decades ago continued collecting Social Security disability checks under her male identity, fraudulently raking …Continue reading →

Be Human

A few weeks ago, I released a post about using the right words to describe people with disabilities. I received a lot of comments from people with disabilities. Some of the comments agreed with the article and some did not. The following video is about eliminating the awkward moments when someone without disabilities interacts with a person who has a disability. …Continue reading →

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During the past 11 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! Let me show you how to overcome your challenges.

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