September 16th, 2009

asleep at mal 9/09

more stuff on invisible illness week...

http://invisibleillnessweek.com/ - the main website

my thirty questions on living with invisible illness in case you missed it is at http://alumiere.livejournal.com/330269.html

http://talkstowolves.livejournal.com/70229.html - about tmjd, pcos, and other illnesses
note: i was formally diagnosed with tmj sometime when i was a teenager, but i've lived with it ever since i was put in braces/headgear at age 7 to shift my jaw into alignment so it's something i'm so used to i forget it exists (my overbite was huge, they pulled 8 adult teeth before starting treatment at 7, and when my wisdom teeth came in those were pulled as well); that said, there are foods i can't eat and i cannot do certain things (like chew gum or open my mouth wide) without pain; for those of you who notice my jaw cracking when i yawn or chew, that's the tmj

about the monetary costs of living with a (mostly) invisible illness, in this case diabetes http://jimhines.livejournal.com/465788.html

about living with a permanent disability (damage to L3-L5 disks) http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/152523.html

all i can ask of you, my friends and family is that you keep pushing for true health care reform on behalf of everyone in the US - our country's uninsured/underinsured and those of us who live with imperfect health desperately need better care (and i do not mean mandatory private insurance) including a public option