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Advice and suggestions for people with recent onset disabilities or chronic illnesses on how to handle life and all the little things that no one thinks to tell you about beforehand.

Tips and Tricks on How to Be Sick Eirenne

    • Education

Advice and suggestions for people with recent onset disabilities or chronic illnesses on how to handle life and all the little things that no one thinks to tell you about beforehand.

    08 TBI and everything after - a conversation with Cheryl Green

    08 TBI and everything after - a conversation with Cheryl Green

    What I would like to see is, at the same time that you’re going through rehab, that you’re getting constant reinforcement that it is OK to be a person with a disability or with an impairment.

    It is not embarrassing to ask for help. You are not a burden if you need something, ever. And what disabled people need is not special. You don’t have special needs, you’re not a ‘special person’ - you are a person who has a specific need around your disability

    • 45 min
    07 Teletherapy - what it is and how it can help

    07 Teletherapy - what it is and how it can help

    We are going to be talking about mental health, why therapy could be helpful to anyone — mental health diagnosis or not — and ways to make therapy more accessible to people with disabilities. For this, the interview will be with a clinical psychologist who, in the interests of full disclosure, I will tell you now has been my closest friend for almost 25 years, Dr. Erica Essary, Psy.D.

    Please see https://www.sicktipsandtricks.com for a full transcript of this podcast.

    • 28 min
    Unplanned hiatus and an apology

    Unplanned hiatus and an apology

    This isn’t an episode of the podcast, not really. This is more of a side note and an apology for an unplanned three month hiatus.

    Please see https://www.sicktipsandtricks.com for a full transcript of this podcast.

    • 3 min
    06 How to Keep It Together when it's all falling apart

    06 How to Keep It Together when it's all falling apart

    In this episode, we are going to be talking about keeping it together; keeping up with all the little changes that happen when a new chronic illness diagnosis or disability happens.

    You start with problem X, but that leads to new symptoms that could be problem Y. You go to a new specialist who sends you for new tests, or gives you a new meds to try. And then, the medication might have a side effect that you need to control, so that’s more doctors and maybe additional treatments — where does it end?

    • 17 min
    05 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - quick tips with Eir and Laura

    05 Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - quick tips with Eir and Laura

    In this episode, we are going to be talking about Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS. There are many types of EDS, but they all stem from the same cause: improperly made collagen in the body.

    There’s 28 different type of collagen, and each one has a different effect if there’s an error in the genetic code, resulting in a wide range of possible symptoms for people with some form of EDS.

    We'll talk about some of the most common symptoms and our top tips and tricks on coping with them.

    • 21 min
    04 Autism - including interviews with an #ActuallyAutistic adult and a licensed therapist

    04 Autism - including interviews with an #ActuallyAutistic adult and a licensed therapist

    In this episode, we are going to be talking about autism, also called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and what it’s like to realize, as an adult, that not only are you non-neurotypical but that you are, in fact, autistic.

    • 38 min

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