New Normals

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?

Can you pass this Social Security Quiz?

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.

“Well Enough”: How We Talk About Our Health

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.

Diets and Chronic Disease

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.

Resolving to Slow Down in 2018

The important aspect to creating more time and space is to be intentional—pay attention to how you're really spending your time, what it feels like you're spending your energy on, and ask yourself if it's absolutely necessary. How much space and time can you make in your life? Only then can you start committing to new things, like creative pursuits and exercise plans.

Disability and Federal Government Shutdown FAQ

Congress passed a spending bill on Thursday, Dec. 7, staving off a federal government shutdown for another few weeks. The new deadline is tonight, Friday, Dec. 22. To prevent a government shutdown, Congress must pass a bill to fund the government sometime today. NPR commentators speculated that Congress may once again decide to fund the government for only a few weeks, "kicking the can down the road" once again.

Are Social Security Disability Benefits Available for Diabetes?

It can be a difficult and roundabout process for people with diabetes to qualify for disability benefits from SSA, but it is possible for people whose complications from diabetes can qualify them under a Blue Book listing for the complication, not the diabetes itself, to receive benefits. Be sure to show medical evidence for all your symptoms, for the complication you're trying to qualify under and other issues.

SSA Hearing Backlog Tops 1 Million While Obamacare Ad Budget Slashed, Though Insurance Still Available

Obamacare health insurance is still available for 2018, even though it's not being promoted, and there is help available to get insurance on the exchanges and to find a plan that's right for you. If you're seeking disability benefits and waiting for a hearing, be sure you have health insurance in place for 2018—the wait for a disability hearing is long and it's not going to get better anytime soon. 
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