Category Archives: hidden disability

Just try harder

One of the things I hate very much about having a chronic/intermittent illness is that I can’t predict when I’ll be well enough to do the things I’d said I’d do or that I’d like to do, and when I’ll … Continue reading

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Colonoscopy allergy mystery

In┬áJune, I posted about being sent for drug allergy testing to see if I could use anti-inflammatory painkillers that I’ve had allergic reactions to before. I went for the testing about a month ago. First off, the doctors at the … Continue reading

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Tired and frustrated

I am tired. I had Remicade and my steroids last week; usually steroid withdrawal is over by now. But yesterday I was completely in withdrawal mode: unable to concentrate, light-headed, physically tired, clumsy. Today I just want to crawl back … Continue reading

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Back from the blackout, with a backlog

The last two months have been interesting. Work has been picking up, and, of course, I got a pile of it dumped on me just as I was heading into my “blackout period” — the week or so during which … Continue reading

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Welcome to my normal

I was at a family event this past weekend while I was having steroid withdrawal. There’s nothing quite like looking dazed and then falling asleep on the floor in front of relatives you haven’t seen in a year — and … Continue reading

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Intermittent disabilities fall through the cracks again

Oh boy, am I peeved. A Statscan report on employment among people with disabilities in Canada came out today in honour of the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The report was picked up by major media under … Continue reading

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Canada’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Report

Canada’s first report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was released today. I looked through it and I can’t say that there’s much new in it at all. It cites Statscan’s 2006 PALS data on disabilities, … Continue reading

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My diagnosis story

I mentioned in an earlier post that it took 4 years between when I first had (what I now know are) Crohn’s symptoms and when I got diagnosed. The on-again, off-again, unpredictable gut and arthritis symptoms I was having during … Continue reading

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Crohn’s and the job hunt

This economy is not great for job hunting, and that’s a fact for pretty much everyone. But for people with disabilities, it’s even more daunting to find a suitable job. There are several issues at play.┬áDavid Onley, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, … Continue reading

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