Family’s Grief Brings Mental Health Issues Out of the Shadows

For Marcie McSwane, mental health awareness has a deeply personal meaning. She lost her brother, Patrick, to suicide in the summer of 2012 after his nine-year battle with schizophrenia. Since then, McSwane’s close-knit family has been adamant about helping others who struggle with mental health issues, as well [...]

By |2018-10-05T21:13:20+00:00September 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Family’s Grief Brings Mental Health Issues Out of the Shadows

Everyone Wins with #IAmInvisibleNoMore Contest

The Invisible Disabilities Association and Allsup encouraged individuals to share their invisible disabilities stories during a video contest in March. We are profiling the people featured in the top vote-getting videos in the blog series, #IAmInvisibleNoMore. The top five vote getters were awarded gift cards and other prizes. [...]

By |2018-07-16T19:29:32+00:00July 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Everyone Wins with #IAmInvisibleNoMore Contest

Share, Inspire and Win with Your Rare Disease Story

There are 30 million rare disease stories in the U.S. Do you have one? Share it in the #IAmInvisibleNoMore video contest to raise awareness and you could win $500. February 28 is Rare Disease Day®.  According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, 1 in 20 people will live with a rare [...]

By |2018-03-26T19:20:00+00:00February 27th, 2018|Comments Off on Share, Inspire and Win with Your Rare Disease Story

Post Hurricanes―United Spinal Association Helps with Housing, Mobility Equipment and Daily Needs

As a national nonprofit serving people with spinal cord injuries and disorders for over 70 years, United Spinal Association gets its share of disheartening stories from wheelchair users who reach out to us for support. This past year, however, our organization’s resources were stretched to capacity with three [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:36:50+00:00January 26th, 2018|Comments Off on Post Hurricanes―United Spinal Association Helps with Housing, Mobility Equipment and Daily Needs

The Top 5 Reasons You Need to Watch This Video

By Wayne Connell, founder and president of Invisible Disabilities Association One of the hardest parts about living with an invisible disability is sharing how it impacts you on a daily basis. Living with an invisible disability often means struggling to “act normal” when your body is [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:34:51+00:00January 18th, 2018|Comments Off on The Top 5 Reasons You Need to Watch This Video

Say Bah, Humbug to the SSDI Hassle with empower

It’s the holiday season and across the country families are trimming their Christmas trees, buying gifts for their loved ones, and already thinking about how they can fudge on their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. I hate to be the bearer of bad news and spoil the [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:31:44+00:00December 19th, 2017|Comments Off on Say Bah, Humbug to the SSDI Hassle with empower

Give a Squat About Pain During Pain Awareness Month

Penney Cowan, Founder and CEO, American Chronic Pain Association When is the last time you did a wall squat until it burned? Imagine living with that burning pain day in and day out. People with pain do it every day. Many of them lead lives like anybody else. Pain does [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:20:04+00:00September 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Give a Squat About Pain During Pain Awareness Month

On Old Memories and New Technology

By The Old Sarge More years ago than I care to admit, I worked as a copy boy at a daily newspaper. These were the days of hot type and cold coffee in the newsroom. Reporters still stuck their press passes in the brim of their fedoras, and the editors [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:18:24+00:00September 11th, 2017|Comments Off on On Old Memories and New Technology

A Pain that Makes You Want to Die

Beth Seickel felt like she wanted to die last week. A trauma nurse with 30 years of experience, and diagnosed 10 years ago with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), she has seen and endured pain before. But a recent fall triggered a flare. “It was like being in prison and they’re [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:14:11+00:00August 24th, 2017|1 Comment

The Chronic Illness Paradox ―Loneliness in Numbers

By the Old Sarge You feel pretty darn lousy when you’re sneezing and hacking from a cold or the flu, but at least you know you’ll be feeling better in a few days. People suffering from a chronic illness aren’t so lucky. A chronic illness, such as heart disease, diabetes, [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:10:33+00:00August 9th, 2017|Comments Off on The Chronic Illness Paradox ―Loneliness in Numbers
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