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Toot Your Horn Tuesday Discontinued

Due to a lack of participation over its first three months, I’ve decided to discontinue TYHT. I think it was too confusing and I’m not getting the support or participation for it that I hoped, so I’ve decided to shut it down and spend the spoons on other areas of the site. I was excited about the prospect of interacting more with my fellow bloggers and trying to enrich our community a bit more with some of their knowledge, but I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board with how to best accomplish that.

I’m very grateful for the participation we did get and really enjoyed the posts shared for TYHT. I met some new bloggers, learned about some new topics I’ve never read on and got to experience some great new voices. I hope you keep coming back and interacting and I’ll do my best to continue visiting your sites, as well!

I’d really like to do more collaborative things on here and have guest bloggers provide articles, videos or other media that would educate us in some way. I’m always happy to trade posts, too. I also welcome artistic submissions of poetry, short stories, personal essays and art work. If you have something to submit, start by contacting us.

chronic_illness_bloggers_logo_300x250If you’re looking for other great blogs to read, you should click the Chronic Illness Bloggers badge I have placed on my right side bar just like the one to the left and has a directory of every blogger who belongs, which is a substantial list. They’re a great group. I interact with many of them on a regular basis and they have a lot of wisdom to impart on many different conditions. If you’re a blogger yourself and don’t know about this network, go find out about them now. They do everything from promote everyone’s blog posts on their various social media pages to securing partners for sponsored posts. I’ve gotten two or three myself from them. Just below them is Dealspotr, another service that offers influencers sponsored post opportunities that I recently signed up with.

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October Toot Your Horn Tuesday

TYHTDec18Toot Your Horn Tuesday is a place where any blogger who either has a disability or writes on topics of health and wellness for people with chronic conditions can come and share their best article each month with the Zebra Pit Community. Ideally it would be something that might interest and enrich our readers; Have a tutorial on meditation? Did you demo a product on pain relief? Wrote an article on 12 ways to achieve better sleep? Shared your story about getting a diagnosis? Created some tips on how to deal with difficult doctors? Waxed poetic over the joys of adult coloring as a way to de-stress? Share it here!

I usually reblog a few of my favorite contributions throughout the following month to ensure my readers see it and I think people are finding it’s a great way to meet and interact with other bloggers, so consider joining in on this networking opportunity. If you’re enjoying these posts, please share them and help their popularity grow. If contributions don’t pick up within a few more months, I may not continue the program.

Here are the rules:

  1. The post you share doesn’t have to be on a disability health or wellness topic. If it isn’t, you must be the caregiver for, or a person affected by disability and you must occasionally use your blog to promote visibility and acceptance of disabilities.
  2. Only one post share per blog/blogger per month is allowed.
  3. You must like and follow the zebrapit.com blog to participate (liking us on social media is great, but you must follow the actual page). If you aren’t a follower, your comment will not be approved.
  4. Blog links should be shared to Toot Your Horn Tuesday specified pages ONLY and must match the month of publication (October TYHT should only have October blog posts submitted), but you can post on any day or time, NOT just the Tuesday the post comes out!
  5. Commenting will be shut down on each post after two months.
  6. These rules are subject to change at the discretion of the editors for the duration of the program.

Participation

To participate, provide a description of your blog post along with a link in the comments section at the BOTTOM of this post, which will remain open for two months. To find the comments section, scroll all the way to the bottom past the Related Posts section. Once it is reviewed for suitability, it will be posted. I will post a new Big Blog Party post on the LAST TUESDAY of each month so be sure to set your calendars to return next month and share this post to spread the word with your community and blogger friends so they can participate, too! I look forward to getting to know you and  your work better! If you have any problem submitting your entry, contact us.

Readers

Please keep the conversation going! Take the time to like and comment on the blogs you enjoyed reading so our guest bloggers know you appreciate their work and will keep coming back to contribute to our knowledge base! I may use your reactions to choose certain articles to reblog periodically and to build more on the types of  topics covered at the Zebra Pit as well.

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At Home Careers with Lupus [Everything You Need To Know]

Originally Posted on The Lupus Health Shop Blog and shared during TYHT in September, this article provides invaluable tips on working for home with any kind of chronic illness.

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At Home Careers With Lupus And Your Rights [Everything You Need To Know]

I’m going to tell you the laws in the USA that support your rights within a work place and how to use them to your advantage. Plus, there are some great insights on what positions have accommodations that you may have never thought of.

How do I know all of this?

I was in the same position as you. I wasn’t sure if I could continue my job, how to ask for help, and get what I need without getting “let go”.

I was sad that my career was over before it even began.

I hated myself for having Lupus, for suffering so much in such a short amount of time.

Many times I wondered if my life would consist of struggling to work and struggling to have enough spoons to even take care of myself after work.

I hated that I had no positive impact on society and in my own life. How can I pay for this disgusting, life-altering in all the wrong ways disease?

How can I have a family one day and support it? How can I live my life sitting at home, broke, and not able to prevent symptoms because I can’t afford it?

That’s how I thought and nothing improved in my life. It actually got way worse.

I made terrible decisions. I somehow still graduated with my bachelor’s degree though.

I was still in school and I knew I’m never going to be in the healthcare field now. I’ll never be able to help people HEAL from disease, sickness, and pain. My goal was to be the physician assistant or nurse who didn’t dismiss people for their problems and write them a script that won’t work or worse, make their problems worse!

I was going to be the person who found the cause of the problems or refer them to someone who will take the time to do that too.

Don’t you want to keep pushing? Don’t you want to live a better, quality of life with Lupus?

Don’t you want to work at home with Lupus and have a career at home with Lupus?

Well, with this easy read, you’ll be prepared to advocate for your health while keeping your current position or finding a better career that fits your needs.

If you don’t want to read the details, check out #LUPUSLIFEHACKS throughout this article for sections 3-6.

The rest of the sections need to be explained because the government or workplace isn’t a black and white kind of deal.

To Continue Reading, go to the original post: At Home Careers…

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Invisible Cities Linkup: Pros & Cons of Living with Chronic Illness in Your City

Shared during TYHT in September, this Invisible Cities Linkup by Sheryl Chan is truly inspired. I not only love reading all the blog posts people have been contributing to it, but I love considering what I would (and will) write about my own city… not the tiny little po-dunk town I live in, but the greater Cincinnati Area for which it’s a part. So if you’re a blogger, check out the post and the rules and consider participating (there’s no deadline) and if you’re intrigued by other cultures and people with invisible illness live in those cultures, start reading through some of the submissions. They are fascinating.


Invisible Cities Linkup: Pros & Cons of Living with Chronic Illness in Your City

A Resource on Disability, Travel & Culture

I’ve always been interested in cultures, specifically the differences, and what’s considered ‘normal’ to each. Since I’m already paying for the inLinkz tool (affiliate link), I figured I’d create more linkups just for fun, on top of the monthly ones I run for those with chronic illnesses. If you have another good linkup idea you’d like to see, let me know in the comments below!

This one will be about the ins and outs of the city or town you live in, in relation to the quality of life as someone with an (invisible) illness. Keep it to just one location, but if you feel compelled to share about another place you grew up or lived in as well, feel free to submit a separate entry. This is to keep the repository of information as uncluttered and accessible as possible.

There’s no closing date to this linkup, so take your time. My hope is that you have some fun, read something educational, and share something insightful here. If you don’t own a blog but still want to participate, let me know and I’ll publish it on mine if suitable.
To continue reading this post click here: Invisible Cities Linkup
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Toot Your Horn Tuesday – September Edition

TYHTDec18Toot Your Horn Tuesday is a place where any blogger who either has a disability or writes on topics of health and wellness for people with chronic conditions can come and share their best article each month with the Zebra Pit Community. Ideally it would be something that might interest and enrich our readers; Have a tutorial on meditation? Did you demo a product on pain relief? Wrote an article on 12 ways to achieve better sleep? Shared your story about getting a diagnosis? Created some tips on how to deal with difficult doctors? Waxed poetic over the joys of adult coloring as a way to de-stress? Share it here!

Here are the rules:

  1. The post you share doesn’t have to be on a disability health or wellness topic. If it isn’t, you must be the caregiver for, or a person affected by disability and you must occasionally use your blog to promote visibility and acceptance of disabilities (and yes, I will be checking).
  2. Only one post share per blog/blogger per month is allowed.
  3. You must like and follow the zebrapit.com blog to participate (liking us on social media is great, but you must follow the actual page). If you aren’t a follower, your comment will not be approved.
  4. Be respectful of the Zebra Pit brand and the community. Rudeness, ableism, sexism, racism or any other intolerant behavior or promoted posts containing these elements will be removed. I expect the same from anyone who participates here.
  5. Blog links should be shared to Toot Your Horn Tuesday specified pages ONLY and must match the month of publication, but you can post on any day or time, NOT just Tuesday! For example: All August 2018 TYHT posts shared here should have been posted on your blog or website between 8/1/18-8/31/18. If you post it in the comments on this page on 9/15/18 or even 11/13/18, that’s fine. People come back and read old posts all the time, so it’s still worth it.
  6. Commenting will be shut down on each post after two months.
  7. These rules are subject to change at the discretion of the editors for the duration of the program.

Participation

To participate, provide a description of your blog post along with a link in the comments section of this post (at the bottom), which will remain open for two months. To find the comments section, scroll all the way to the bottom past the Related Posts section. Once it is reviewed for suitability, it will be posted. I will post a new Big Blog Party post on the LAST TUESDAY of each month so be sure to set your calendars to return next month and share this post to spread the word with your community and blogger friends so they can participate, too! I look forward to getting to know you and  your work better!

Readers

Please keep the conversation going! Take the time to like and comment on the blogs you enjoyed reading so our guest bloggers know you appreciate their work and will keep coming back to contribute to our knowledge base! I may use your reactions to choose certain articles to reblog periodically and to build more on the types of  topics covered at the Zebra Pit as well.