10 Steps to Accommodate Illness and Disabilities During Holidays

No, if and or buts. It sucks being sick on or around the holidays. From bummed out grumbles, to out-right fits of anger. Is there a way for them to still be worth celebrating? Or not? Well, I guess we could just give up and feel sorry for ourselves, or apologize to everyone around us... Continue Reading →

Mending Mental Mayhem: Part Two-Emotional Delegation

It continues to amaze me how impactful a tired mind can be when managing a house full of chronically sick people. It is a marathon for the emotional structures within oneself and within the family. I also knew I needed to take a few steps back to gather some energy for what is ahead for... Continue Reading →

I’ve Got Mad Skillz – Anger Regulation in Fragile Homes

There are many ways to describe people who have amazing and sometimes uncanny abilities. Typically we all know one person who has some variety of oddball talent that is completely useless, yet privately we are jealous. My father, David Juers, has become a very good photographer in retirement and it's stunning to see his creative eye... Continue Reading →

Mending Mental Mayhem – Abuse and Disability (Part-One)

I have long been a believer that our mind is the most important part of our health. In some ways, the brain is a slave to our mind. That may seem like a stretch, but when the brain is functioning, and commanding legs walk, hands move, eyes turn left, one would assume all is well... Continue Reading →

The Fragile Home – Resource & Restoration

For many people, nothing brings more hope for relief after a long frustrating week like Fridays. Thank goodness for Friday right? Well, chances are if you are a disabled household, or caring for a family with medically fragile members in chronic crisis, Friday does not carry the same joyful anticipation of rest, healthier households look forward to.  Especially if... Continue Reading →

My Guts Are Trustworthy

  Help Haven Guide: Tuesday Article - January 23rd, 2018 The overwhelming job of managing a household full of medical problems is rough. Days melt together, weeks merge and before you realize it another year has passed. I get frustrated every day seemingly when trying to coordinate all the medical appointment calls, follow-up lab reports,... Continue Reading →

Brace for Impact – Political Health

The new year has blown in with an unkind surge. Along with the trite old custom of "New Year Resolutions", the roll-over of a new Medical Policy renewal period has taken place. That's right people, brace for impact. Your outrageous and infuriating new year deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, prior authorizations requirements and newly unlisted 3rd Tier... Continue Reading →

The Art of Evaluation Stealth

When an opponent must face another who appears to be equally matched, what do they do? Or our military seeks the best entry point into an active enemy territory, what skill do they resort to? When a leopard goes on a hunt, what experience is in their DNA, to guide the best tactic? What all... Continue Reading →

Heathcare Relationships -When a Smile is Not Enough

Healthcare, two words that separately seem so easy to describe, define and interact with. Mention those words in your daily conversations and it seems most groan, either in pain, disgust or pure panic. What is this thing called "healthcare" today? I can tell you, as a disabled woman, there is little "care" in health currently.... Continue Reading →

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