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Traveling With A Service Dog To Hawaii

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Traveling With A Service Dog To Hawaii

I have tried to ease the sometimes confusing and daunting rules and regulations when traveling to Hawaii with one’s service dog.  Hawaii has been, and continues to be very strict when allowing service dogs, and all pets, to travel to our islands as Hawaii does not have rabies and ticks that can cause Lyme disease.  Understandably, the state wants to keep it that way!!  Accordingly, there are several steps one must take well in advance when traveling to Paradise with their service animals.  There are a few interrelated steps, so you may read a few points a couple times. 

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Disability Dilemmas:  Planning (and Paying For) Extended Care

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Disability Dilemmas: Planning (and Paying For) Extended Care

It’s an unfortunate reality, but having a physical or mental disability puts you at a financial disadvantage for the future. While there are some programs that provide aid to those who are differently-abled, like Medicare plans for individuals under 65 who receive Social Security disability benefits, they don’t cover every expense, and you aren’t able to receive assistance immediately. Fortunately, there are ways to plan for tomorrow, but you have to be willing to start today.

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I Need To Go To Rehab, But Which One is Best?

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I Need To Go To Rehab, But Which One is Best?

Art therapy is a soothing and effective form of treatment because individuals are able to use creativity and imagination to express themselves. The central focus of Art Therapy is to expand forms of communication to better see experiences in a different light.

This type of therapy is especially helpful for people who have had traumatic psychological issues and after art therapy they can look back on a situation from a different perspective that provides empowerment and optimism.

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Exploring the Relationship Between Chronic Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

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Exploring the Relationship Between Chronic Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

A cohesive treatment plan would likely combine a variety of common elements beginning with detoxification, which gives patients a chance to isolate symptoms of the drug or alcohol addiction from the symptoms of mental illness. Inpatient rehabilitation, psychotherapy, medications, self-help, and support groups can also be vital parts of a recovery process that distinctly addresses both substance abuse and mental health.

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Mental Illness and Addiction: Which Came First?

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Mental Illness and Addiction: Which Came First?

The challenge for me, and many others with a dual diagnosis of addiction and mental illness, is that no program of recovery can treat mental illness. Recovery literature states that sometimes we need outside help—referring to medical experts. Difficulties arise when that literature is misinterpreted and those people see depression, anxiety, or any other mental illness as a feature of addiction that can be treated solely with a program of recovery. Contrary to that belief, medical illness cannot be treated with a spiritual solution. It is paramount that people who suffer with mental illness seek treatment from a trained medical professional.

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5 Ways My Faith Has Grown Stronger Because of My Chronic Disease

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5 Ways My Faith Has Grown Stronger Because of My Chronic Disease

My hope is placed in Jesus, not in the doctors. Therefore I am not disappointed when a doctor has no answer for me, because if my hope is in Jesus then I can’t be disappointed. Instead I trust that He knows exactly what’s happening so I have no need to worry.

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The Never Ending Text

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The Never Ending Text

Born with a chronic gastrointestinal (stomach) disease I was constantly fighting a daily battle to keep my spirits up and not succumb to the thoughts and emotions that always threatened to overwhelm me. Texting was like a lifeline for me. It made me realize I wasn’t alone and there were people out there who loved and cared for me. 

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7 Things They Forget to Tell You About Living With a Chronic Disease

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7 Things They Forget to Tell You About Living With a Chronic Disease

As I've progressed through this disease I've come to learn many different things, things that no one told me to expect. Things that have shocked me and shaken me to my core, but through all these things I've grown stronger as a person and that is the reason I am who I am now. So I thought I'd take a minute and share some of things with you, in case you too are struggling with a chronic disease, so that you can use the information to better your life. 

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Gender Dysphoria: A Quiet Battle

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Gender Dysphoria: A Quiet Battle

Although the switch of terms was a positive move toward the future, gender dysphoria still negatively affects many people worldwide. People that experience gender dysphoria have higher rates of mental illness that include: mood/anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse and suicide attempts.

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The Week I Traveled To California While I Was In The Hospital

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The Week I Traveled To California While I Was In The Hospital

After I received the G-J tube I spent about a month in the hospital. I was released, but returned a week later for dehydration. The next stay also lasted a month. I was out of the hospital for about four months and was then readmitted that January. When I was released the first week of February I thought my hospital stays were over, but sadly I was once again admitted about a week later. As I mentioned above I was heart broken and didn't want to see another hospital room, but I reluctantly agreed to the admission. 

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