Jokes about disabled people are not funny. The person in the picture is sitting on ground looking sad.

Jokes About Disabled People Are Not Funny

I recently wrote about how much emphasis is put on looks. People often feel obliged to look a certain way to live up to society's expectations. But what happens when you can't change how you look? What happens when you have a visible disability? I've written about invisible illnesses a few times. Sometimes, people with …

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Why is Appearance so Important to People?

Since I don't go out much, I tend to sit in the house wearing comfortable clothes like leggings, tee shirts and hoodies. I don't give the mirror a second glance. I don't wear make up and my hair is probably all over the place. Nobody, apart from my husband, is going to see me, so …

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How Chronic Pain or Illness is Affected by Stress

When we know we might be physically injured, we try to protect our bodies from the impact of the trauma by tensing our muscles. We do the same in a stressful situation. But instead of protecting us, the tense muscles can cause more problems. Chronic Pain or Illness Can Be Worsened by Stress Stress can …

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Searching For a Diagnosis: Chasing the Cure

Do you ever watch those medical dramas on television and think, "Why can't my doctor be like that?"'House', 'The Good Doctor', 'Holby City' - the doctors see their patients and somehow figure everything out in no time at all. Even the afternoon drama, 'Doctors', set in a UK GP practice, can do it. They have …

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How to get Help in a Trigeminal Neuralgia Emergency

Despite taking medication correctly, trigeminal neuralgia can sometimes flare to unbearable levels. Things that normally help, like heat pads and cool packs, might not work. Sufferers use coping techniques like breathing, relaxation and distraction, but the pain still soars. They haven't been able to eat, drink or sleep for days. They struggle to cope. They …

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How To Cope When You Are Feeling Judged

People who live with chronic pain or a chronic illness are often put under scrutiny. Most have felt judged at some time in their lives. Being Judged is Demoralising Friends, families, colleagues, doctors, social security and even strangers can all be guilty of judging people who live with chronic pain or illness. It's not helpful …

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Pain Can Steal A Sense Of Purpose

Everyone who lives with chronic pain or illness knows how much it takes away. I could write a long list. Their health condition can just sneak into their lives like a thief and steal so much away from them. One thing it can often take is a sense of purpose. I am sure that I …

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Doctors – the Good, the Bad and the Ridiculous

Doctors - we all need them at times. Good doctors are there to help, listen and support us. And thankfully, there are many good doctors in the world. There are doctors who are always prepared to go that extra mile for their patients.But unfortunately, not all doctors are good. Bad Medical Advice From Doctors Some …

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The Problem With Being Used to Pain or Illness

When living with chronic pain or a chronic illness, patients are sometimes unaware of other health problems because they are so used to pain and feeling unwell.For example, someone could have a dental abscess or an ear infection, but they think their trigeminal neuralgia is flaring up. Or a back pain sufferer might not realise …

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Eating and cooking tips for people living with pain, illness or disability

Eating and Cooking Tips For People With Pain Or Illness

It is so important for people to eat well, but especially so when living with a health condition. Food is Fuel For Our Bodies The medical advice is to to have a varied diet with a wide range of nutrients. Food is like fuel, providing us with energy and helping our bodies work to the …

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