Comparative Pain Scale – Free Printable

During a recent Facebook conversation about the trouble with pain level reporting, someone inevitably shared my favorite comparative pain scale as an image. It’s the most descriptive chart for explaining what, specifically, what pain levels 0-10 mean in the most objective sense possible. Since pain is a rather subjective experience – I have a low […]

Developing an Online Course for a Predictable Income Stream

Theresa Ceniccola is here for the session Teaching Pays: How to Create a Predictable Income Stream by Developing an Online Course. Why Teach an Online Course? You are smart! Creates an additional revenue stream Positions you as a thought leader in your space Provides an opportunity to monetize speaking engagements Makes the world a better […]

You’re Either Autistic or You’re Not

No, everyone is not “a little autistic.” My brain literally processes input differently than yours does. All input. Verbal, sensory, emotional, social….everything. You may understand some of the symptoms I experience that are related to my autism, but you can never understand what it’s like to have an autistic brain. And that’s okay, because I’ll […]

Traveling While Disabled: Invisible Disability Discrimination

Disability discrimination comes in many forms, including the backward sort of discrimination which involves assorted community gatekeepers deciding you’re not disabled enough to receive appropriate accommodations. I read this piece about travelers who are more severely mobility impaired than I am who have had to fight with airlines for replacement of their damaged mobility devices and […]

Stories Told? Dreams on Hold.

I have some stories that need to be told But life comes along to put my dreams on hold I know my fellow writers see this rhyme scheme as lazy But it’s all I can think of – isn’t that crazy? It helps if you imagine this being read by Lin-Manuel Though I’m neither poet […]

The Terrifying Weekend I Lost My Mind

Crazy is one of those words that those of us who are mentally ill may use to self-describe from time to time, but it’s generally considered offensive if anyone else uses it to describe us. But I only thought I knew what I was talking about any time I used the word before Sunday, November […]

Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks and 15 Years of Mental Illness

Fifteen years ago, I remember sitting at my computer desk in our old apartment when the phone rang. I have no idea what I was doing at my computer – and the internet wasn’t like it is today. We may have even had dial-up internet service at the time, which means I wasn’t online when my mom […]

Trey Pennington, Social Media, and Silently Suffering with Depression

This post originally appeared on ChristinaGleason.com on September 8, 2011. I am republishing it for the fifth anniversary of Trey Pennington’s death, with some edits to reflect changes in my personal social media accounts. Pretty much everyone in the industry now knows that Trey Pennington committed suicide over the weekend. It came as a shock to […]

Why All ‘Healthy Living’ Books are Inherently Classist and Ableist

When you’re chronically ill like I am, you are willing to try almost anything for even a little bit of relief from your daily burden of pain and other symptoms. Whether you try natural remedies or medical remedies first, you’re almost guaranteed to look into some of those “clean living” programs that use things like […]

Democrats Have a Disability Problem

I wrote a rather in-depth post about my disappointment with accessibility on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last Monday, and I’ll get to both a summary of that and a followup about how ADA accommodations did get better later in the week. But first I want to talk about my […]