Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I Want To Be An Approachable #Autism (self) Advocate

A few weeks ago I made a mention on my personal page about some comments I had heard recently from Bean's attendant care worker, and a few other people that were less than politically correct. Some of the comments were downright insensitive, and misinformed. My special needs community friends on FB were appalled. I was as well, but I saved that reaction for behind the scenes.

Why?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

How to Cope With Generalized #Anxiety Disorder

In my last post I discussed what Generalized Anxiety Disorder is, and what some of the common symptoms can be, and how it manifests in my life. In this post I would like to discuss some of the solutions to the issues caused by GAD. I have been doing lots of researching to come up with what I think is a good, basic starting place to address general anxiety worries. I will be trying all of these myself.

Monday, February 17, 2014

What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

For as long as I can remember I have been a worrier. I worry about worrying. I expend an incredible amount of time pre-planning, and preparing for everything to the last detail. While it's true that this has been a well developed skill in which I utilize to help my incredibly would-be chaotic, high level of need household functioning smoothly my worrying antics have a dark side. I lose sleep, energy, and optimism to worry. It's hard to see the good side of anything when you're always preparing for the worst.

There is a clinical name for this excessive amount of worry, and anxiety when it impedes one life. It's called Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD? 

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Lung Leavin' Day 2014- Letting go of fears

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by Cameron Von St. James about joining him, his wife Heather and many others in celebrating Lung Leavin' Day 2014 .  

I was intrigued by the idea of doing something a little different than the usual autism related posts. When I read Heather's amazing story about being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called mesothelioma and the risky procedure that saved her life I knew I wanted to be help tell others about Heather's journey. Today we celebrate Heather's 8th year cancer free. It is the day 8 years ago she had her left lung removed- thus the name her sister-in-law coined Lung Leavin' Day!

 February 2nd is not just a day Heather and her family celebrates as being cancer free, but also a day they want to share with others to encourage them to face their fears. Every year the Von St. James family builds a fire in their backyard, and throw plates with their biggest fears written on them into the flames.  It's a tradition of letting go of fears, and celebrating life.

I have thought about what fears I'd like to toss into the fire the last few days as I anticipated writing this post.