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So far Aleah Smith has created 12 blog entries.

To the Person Who Left Me a Rude Note After I Parked in a Disability Spot

By: Gina Szajnuk I truly believe your note says more about you as a person. This is why I continue to advocate for my children and for all rare and undiagnosed children. We live in a world where people judge you by the way you look. We live in a world where doctors don’t always believe [...]

The Problem With Telling People ‘Don’t Let Your Illness Define You’

By: Rachel Allison Why? Because this illness likely affects the way you live your life and downplaying its validity belittles the full reality of what you awake each morning to face. It may leave you feeling worthless for being so exhausted from fighting – because why would you be exhausted from fighting a battle that isn’t [...]

When You Have to Remind Yourself Your Mental Illness Isn’t ‘Laziness’

By: Anna Lente I find myself curled up under a blanket in the recliner, watching reruns of sitcoms and scanning Facebook while stress eating. I feel so lazy. I feel like I’m not good enough. But then I remind myself, this isn’t laziness. I remind myself I work very hard each day to deal with my [...]

To the Girls Who Questioned Why I Only Occasionally Use Crutches

By: Caitlin Wren Yes. Sometimes I can walk just fine without any aid. I might not even limp. Other times I need a cane or crutches. It’s just the fact of my life. I have an illness that causes pain in a variety of areas in my body, especially my hips which are rather important in [...]

My Experience Being a Woman and Going Through the Autism Diagnosis Process

By: Lizzie Davidson   Because conventional thinking and diagnosis still seem to lean towards boys who are more often identified autistic as young children, there are still vast amounts of girls and women out there who remain undiagnosed. Finding out information about the diagnostic process is not easy. There are things I wish I had been told. And I believe that [...]

It’s not ‘Picky Eating’: 5 Strategies for Sensory Food Sensitivities

By: Laura Russin I’ve read many articles and blog posts about picky eaters. They put forth an expanse of knowledge and make loads of professional suggestions. They also all miss one incredibly important thing: there is an enormous difference between a “picky eater” and a “sensory eater.” The valid suggestions provided are geared for picky eaters [...]

When a Woman Saw My Wheelchair and Asked ‘What Did You do to Yourself?’

By Kayla Shuch A woman who noticed I was in a wheelchair looked at my cast and asked, “What did you do to yourself?”I wanted to slap her in the face and gave a glare as to say WTF? I didn’t do anything to myself. My parents understood my reaction and explained my situation. This experience has become one of the [...]

What an Autistic Shutdown is Like for Me

Authored by: Samantha Craft In my day-to-day living, I seek out the familiar. Because the familiar doesn’t need to be analyzed. And in that there is ultimate refuge for me. Familiarity can come in multiple shapes and sizes — in a predictable routine, a familiar voice or face, a soothing melody, a favorite movie or [...]

What its Like Being a Mom With Chronic Illness and Have Kids With Chronic Illness

  The whole “put your oxygen mask on before you help someone else with theirs” thing… I’ve had to embrace it as my health has worsened over the last few years. That concept is hard for most moms because we tend to put our kids’ needs above our own, but if I don’t take care [...]

When I Told an ER Doctor ‘Im Here because I Need Your Help’

  I was so overwhelmed by emotions of rage, frustration and, worst of all, helplessness. I was lying in a hospital bed surrounded by doctors who didn’t understand my body and didn’t appear to want to listen to me. But I was lying in a hospital bed, which meant I was depending on them to [...]

Why I’m no Longer Hiding How Short Bowel Syndrome Affects My Child

  I have a wonderful group I can turn to for help, and I have a couple members I can talk to about what our lives are like. Other than this group, I hide. And here’s why. I live in a small town, and when Brady first came home from the hospital I actually got [...]

When You’re ‘Too Functional’ to Have Your Mental Illness Taken Seriously

I can be dying inside while going through the motions of the day. It’s not difficult for me to know how others expect me to act. Acting fine is a cognitive process. You can probably mention right now how an emotionally stable or “mentally sane” person is supposed to act. It really is simple. A generally [...]