Category Archives: disability

Feeling anxious?

Some research has just come out of the University of Toronto showing that people with Crohn’s or colitis are two times more likely to have generalized anxiety disorder as people who don’t have inflammatory bowel disease. Here’s the link to … 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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The devil I know

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that the number of days I spend too tired to work has increased. I also find that I can work fewer hours per day on average than I used to. This past winter … 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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Kids and colds

Ugh. It’s been a week and I’m still too sick with bronchitis/sinusitis to work. I know exactly where I got it from, too. Two weeks ago a friend of mine wanted to socialize. That would have been great, but her … Continue reading

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Crohn’s and work: ongoing stress, flexible schedules

It’s been a while, but I’ve found some time in between rushing to get work done, getting sick, dealing with the backlog, etc. to be able to post again. First, some more stats, because I know we all love stats: … Continue reading

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Sleeping at work is good for everybody!

Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve updated everything — sorry. I’ve been very busy alternating being away (conferences, holidays), being sick, and doing a lot of work. Now that I’ve submitted some papers, things are calmer. One of my … 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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What, don’t you know who I am? I’m an irregular here!

One of the most annoying things about Crohn’s (other than the fatigue, flare-ups and susceptibility to viruses . . .) is the relative randomness of it all. I just don’t know when I’m going to be feeling well enough to … Continue reading

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