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

Apply for Disability the Right Way the First Time With empower By Allsup®

By the Old Sarge I know a woman named Sue who applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and was denied. She wasn’t alone. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies about two-thirds of all initial SSDI applications. You also probably know someone like her. Sue represents thousands of SSDI [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:09:22+00:00August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Apply for Disability the Right Way the First Time With empower By Allsup®

ADA Was a Good Start—empower Takes Equality A Step Further

By Allsup Twenty-seven years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). At the historic signing, Bush 41 said, “… every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass though once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom.” [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:07:23+00:00July 25th, 2017|Comments Off on ADA Was a Good Start—empower Takes Equality A Step Further

Sign Up to REV UP!

We may be in the midst of a summer heat wave, but folks at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), are gearing up for a cool fall election day on November 7.  The REV UP (Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power!) Campaign features National Disability Voter Registration Week [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:05:17+00:00July 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Sign Up to REV UP!

Responding to NAMI’s Call to Educate, Empower and Engage

I attended The National Alliance on Mental Illness’ (NAMI) national conference in Washington, D.C. last week. Its theme of “Educate, Empower and Engage” is significant when it comes to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The following points are based on conversations with dozens of NAMI staff, volunteers, parents, consumers and [...]

By |2018-03-21T18:03:29+00:00July 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Responding to NAMI’s Call to Educate, Empower and Engage

Roll on Capitol Hill with United Spinal Association

Photo courtesy of United Spinal Association. By Tai Prohaska United Spinal Association and over 100 disability advocates and wheelchair users will gather in Washington, D.C., June 11-14 for the 6th Annual Roll on Capitol Hill. They will meet with congressional leaders to highlight health, independence, community, and quality of [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:54:53+00:00June 6th, 2017|Comments Off on Roll on Capitol Hill with United Spinal Association

Remembering Col. Mark Stephensen on Memorial Day

By The Old Sarge President Calvin Coolidge wrote, “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.” On a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, I walked directly to panel 18E, Row 116, and gently ran my fingers along the name etched into the polished black granite: Mark [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:50:50+00:00May 26th, 2017|Comments Off on Remembering Col. Mark Stephensen on Memorial Day

Who Wants My Underwear? Barely Used Boxers Go to Highest Bidder

By Tai Prohaska Blue polka dots covered Forest Park in St. Louis last Saturday as nearly 2,000 runners and walkers raised awareness at the Colon Cancer Alliance Undy Run. Dotted boxers were official garb for registered participants, and they were often accompanied by T-shirts emblazoned with “bum puns” and scatological [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:33:12+00:00March 27th, 2017|Comments Off on Who Wants My Underwear? Barely Used Boxers Go to Highest Bidder

Trusting Your Spiritual “G.U.T.”

Rev. LaWanda Smith Long, MDiv-Lead Chaplain, Cancer Treatment Centers of America We have all heard the phrases “listen to your gut, or pay attention to your gut.” We all have experienced those gut and intuitive feelings that seem to be trying to tell us something.  Many times we ignore those [...]

By |2018-03-21T17:31:10+00:00March 22nd, 2017|1 Comment
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