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?

“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.

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.