Caturday Mews: Arcturus and Cygnus– Two World Record-Breaking Cats from One Family

Michigan cat parents, Lauren and Will have two fur-babies that have each achieved World Records: Arcturus, the tallest pet cat in the world, and Cygnus, the pet cat with the longest tail in the world! You can read the story below from the UK paper, The Telegraph "Gigantic feline with ridiculously long legs is the... Continue Reading →

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World Arthritis Day – 2017

Today is World Arthritis Day, so I wanted to be sure to post something about it to bring attention to arthritis, how to get a proper diagnosis, and what you can do if you or a loved one has arthritis.

Handicapped? Really?

I have definitely been in the situation before where I worry what people will say or how they will act when they see that I have a disability placard—and “don’t look sick.” I don’t need it every day, but when I do have bad pain days, I can tell you it’s been a life-saver.

I hope that more people, like these officers, realize that there are plenty of us out there with invisible disabilities/illnesses, and we are not all trying to “game” the system.

The blog post below comes from a fellow POTSie who also needs a disability placard—even though she doesn’t “look” like it.

Krista Lauren

One thing every single young chronically ill person will tell you about is the incredibly frustrating battle that comes with having an invisible illness. We are constantly trying to regain normalcy in our lives, but also have to roll with the punches through the symptoms our illness brings along for the ride. For example, I can’t do many of my favorite activities anymore — let alone even just be outdoors in crazy heat — however, I don’t like being different and asking for help, even when I need it.

Today I went to my alma mater to run a quick errand. I wasn’t feeling particularly great, but I told myself that it would only take five minutes and to suck it up and get it over with. I mapped everything out in my head and went to my usual parking space. It’s one of two handicapped visitors spaces, both of…

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“Feeling Hopeless? Here Are 5 Ways to Help After the Las Vegas Tragedy”—From The Mighty

Yesterday Las Vegas was hit by a horrible tragedy: the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. I am at a loss for words and in disbelief. My whole heart goes out and aches for those who lost loved ones, were injured, or traumatized from the shooting. Take this time to take care of yourself, but if you're looking for ways to help people in Vegas, below is a list of ways to help. I personally can't donate blood, but I know I can help in other ways.

Caturday Mews: Xeli the Cat Becomes Denver International Airport’s First Therapy Cat

Xeli (pronounced Zeelee) has joined the Denver International Airport's CATS team--which believe it or not has only had dogs until this point. That's because CATS stands for Canine Airport Therapy Squad...well move over dogs, because here comes your first therapy cat!

Friday’s Karaoke Song of the Week! “Feeling Good” By Michael Bublé

It's that time of the week: Friday's Karaoke Song of the Week How-To! This week, I chose a song that is another favorite of mine (yes, I have a lot of favorite songs), but is actually at a low range that is a bit tough for me to sing: "Feeling Good" by Michael Bublé! I love Mr. Bublé's voice—it just sounds as smooth as butter to me. This song in particular is my favorite of his: filled with a wide vocal range, with an awesome musical ensemble.

“2 Types of Pain Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Causes on a Daily Basis”

Today is a bad pain day—I'm "low on spoons" now, but not low on hope, at least. I wanted to spread the word a bit about what EDS pain is—the typical pain that people with hypermobility-type Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS) feel on a daily basis. This article did such a good job explaining the pain, I... Continue Reading →

“Fighting Our Negative Emotions Does More Harm Than Good” by Anna Meyer from Shine

I have to learn how to sit with "negative" feelings. Sometimes I will catch myself not only feeling emotions such as pain (physical or emotional), stress, anxiety, sadness, anger, frustration, etc., but also feeling guilt, anger, or some other negative feeling for feeling those things...I think this comes from being a perfectionist (fear of failure),... Continue Reading →

“Cat Owner Buys A Brand-New Foot Warmer, Then Sees 4 Little Paws Sticking Out” by Laura Caseley

Time for some fun cat news! Who could resist these adorable little furballs? This fun moment is from Laura Caseley's blog Little Things. "Cat Owner Buys A Brand-New Foot Warmer, Then Sees 4 Little Paws Sticking Out by LAURA CASELEY Little Things blog If you have a cat, you’re probably familiar with the peculiar feline... Continue Reading →

How One Woman Deals With Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

This afternoon has been rough emotionally for me, and not because of any one thing or situation in particular. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) wreaks havoc on my brain at least once a month—what should be a few days before my period starts....The article below from XOJane gives some advice I found really helpful today. I wanted to share with anyone who might also be dealing with PMDD or know someone who is.

Friday’s Karaoke Song of the Week! “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

I wanted to punch this blog up with some more fun—and some more of my personality! Since I LOVE karaoke, I decided to make a weekly how-to post called "Friday's Karaoke Song of the Week!" Why Friday? Well TGIF, of course—the weekend means more chances for karaoke, whether that is out at a karaoke club, a bar, or at your house (with or without karaoke machine). This week I have chosen one of my all-time favorite karaoke songs to sing: Bohemian Rhapsody by my absolute favorite band Queen.

“Want to Feel Better? Say Exactly How You’re Feeling” by Anna Meyer

Have you noticed that in America, we don't really seem to care about the answer to "How are you?," and will usually answer with "fine" even if this isn't true? This is another article from Shinetext.com about feelings and expressing ourselves in a healthy way. If we define our feelings and talk about them, we can learn how to work through them and feel better overall. Hope this article helps some of you!

From The Mighty: “18 Messages of Hope From People With Disabilities Who’ve Struggled With Suicidal Thoughts”

To try to continue to help with suicide prevention for September's Suicide Prevention Month, I wanted to share the following article from The Mighty. It is filled with hope and inspiration for anyone who is dealing with a disability and thoughts of suicide. Unfortunately, the suicide rate is much higher in people with disabilities than... Continue Reading →

“10 Ways to Be a Better Speaker and Listener” by Nido Qubein

I need to be a better listener: due to my ADD, I have a hard time stopping myself from speaking when it's not my turn. I also could learn to speak up better and be a clearer communicator. Having better communication is one of my biggest goals—and one thing I struggle with a LOT. This article from Shinetext.com gives some pointers on how we can each be a better speaker and a better listener.

“Paging Dr. AI”—From GOOD HEALTH

I love technological advances—and I think robots are the way of the future. This article from Good Health is very interesting, and discusses how robots could actually be potentially better at diagnosing health issues than their human counterparts. This isn't to say that human doctors should be replaced—that human contact will probably always be needed—but... Continue Reading →

From The Mighty: “When Robin Williams Comforted Me in the Airport After My Husband’s Suicide”

For Suicide Prevention Month: here is an inspirational story about a wonderful person who we all knew and loved, who lost his life to suicide—and how years before his death, he helped a woman after losing her husband to suicide. "When Robin Williams Comforted Me in the Airport After My Husband's Suicide By Kate Lyon... Continue Reading →

“The Fear of Failure Is Real — and Profound” from ADDitudemag.com

Those of us with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)—I don't personally like to lump the two under the single name "ADHD," even though that is the currently recognized term for people with ADD in the DSM...you can read more about this here—can also be prone to rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD).... Continue Reading →

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Month is September

I wanted to find different "awareness" days, weeks, and months, and found an extensive list at healthline.com. While going through this list, I found out that September is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Month. PCOS impacts 1 in 10 people born with female anatomy, and PCOS awareness is a cause close to my heart, because my... Continue Reading →

“Love ’em or Hate ’em, Robots Are Here to Stay—So Let’s Make Them Better…” from UCSC press release

I thought that the following press release from UCSC was especially cool—it's about Leila Takayama's project to make robots that are actually helpful for our everyday lives. If she is successful, this could be a big step in accessibility for people with disabilities, chronic issues, or who are unable to leave their homes, providing more... Continue Reading →

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