Having a disability or chronic health issue you weren't born with means adjusting to "new normals." This "adjustment" might just be a nicer way to say grief. We identify with our expectations of our bodies and our minds, whether it's what our bodies can do, or how they look, or how it feels to just be able to think clearly without your mind wandering or getting exhausted. What am I, who am I, if I can't walk easily or drive normally or can't follow a conversation the way I used to?
Here's a helpful quiz from MassMutual, and insurance and investment company, about the basics of Social Security. People are not doing really well on this quiz. This means one of two things. Either people who take Social Security quizzes are less informed than most, or most people don’t know as much as they think they do about Social Security. This is pretty likely, because even regular old retire-and-get-paid Social Security is a little more confusing than we'd all like to think.
Who doesn't have struggles in their lives, whether it's their physical health or stuff going on in their social and emotional wellbeing? We all know you can absolutely be in good physical health and still feel horrible and unable to face the world because sad or stressful things have been happening. Likewise, you can have some physical limitations going on, and still feel really good in your social and emotional life.
Nobody talks about this part. The doctors don't seem to be aware of it, your boss and coworkers certainly don't get it, and you may not be able to delegate much of it to a trusted family member. It's the administrativa of being unwell.
But what if healthy eating could be simpler than all kinds of rules? What if all we have to do is eat more fiber? After all, for all the disagreements between specialty diets, the part they seem consistent about is vegetables. Granted, there's some disagreement about fruit, since some fruits have a fair amount of natural sugars in them, and beans, which pack a lot of complex carbs in with the fiber and protein. But everyone agrees that eating more veggies is good for all of us, especially the green leafy ones.