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Living With Forestier’s Disease, aka DISH

spine_general_DISH_intro01Forestier’s Disease is a rare form of degenerative arthritis. More commonly known as diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), this disease attacks the ligaments of the body and turns them to bone.

The process is caused by the buildup of calcium salts in the ligaments and tendons, creating abnormal new bone growth (ossification). Doctors are unsure what causes this process to occur, but some suspect there is a genetic component. The hardening of the ligaments leads to joint stiffness and eventual loss of mobility.

DISH can occur in any part of the body, but most commonly affects the spine and lower back. Some people have DISH in their neck ligaments, which can make swallowing difficult. Other areas affected include the shoulders, elbows, ribs, knees, feet and ankles.

When it attacks the ligaments of the feet and ankles, DISH results in heel spurs, small sharp growths of bone that appear along the heel. DISH can be progressive. As it worsens, it can cause serious complications.

Causes of DISH

  • Sex. Men are more likely to develop DISH than women.
  • Age. DISH is most common in older adults, especially in people older than 50.
  • Diabetes and other conditions. People with type 2 diabetes might be more likely to develop DISH than are those who don’t have diabetes. Other conditions that can raise insulin levels in your body may also increase your risk, including hyperinsulinemia, prediabetes and obesity.
  • Certain medications. Long-term use of medications called retinoids, such as isotretinoin (Amnesteem, Claravis, others), which are used to treat skin conditions such as acne, can increase your risk.

Symptoms of DISH

DISH does not initially produce symptoms. As it progresses, you might experience:

  • pain and stiffness in your joints, especially in the morningSymptoms of DISH
  • loss of motion in your feet, lower back and other affected areas
  • inability to stretch fully
  • pain in your back, knee or heel
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Tingling, numbness, and/or weakness in the legs
  • Spinal fractures and increased risk of breaking other affected bones
  • Compressed or pinched nerves (radiculopathy)
  • Compressed spinal cord (myelopathy) which can lead to partial or complete paralysis of the legs and/or arms (paraparesis, tetraparesis)
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Hoarse voice or difficulty speaking (dysphonia)
  • Sleep apnea
  • Decreased lung capacity (if DISH affects the ribs)
  • Difficulty breathing possibly due to airway obstruction

You should always consult a doctor if you’re experiencing pain and stiffness or if you have bone spurs.

Complications

In most cases, DISH causes mild discomfort, allowing patients who have it to live with the symptoms through a combination of pain relievers, stretching exercises, other interventions and in rare cases, surgery to remove bone growth.

For others, the disease may continue to progress which can result in a complete loss of mobility in the affected joints. For instance, if you have DISH in your shoulder, it can make it difficult to raise your arm or move it in all its natural positions.

Fractures are a serious complication of DISH because the stiffness of your tendons makes your bones more likely to fracture if you’re injured.

One huge drawback with DISH is that the pain and stiffness can mimic many other conditions, so proper diagnosis and treatment is essential.

Diagnosis and Treatment

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An xray shows the skeletal changes of a DISH patient in the Thoracic Spine.

A diagnosis of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is often suspected by the signs and symptoms a person has. X-rays can confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, a computed tomography (CT scan) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be ordered to rule out other diseases that cause the same symptoms.  All three types of imaging studies may be used to see which other areas of the skeleton are affected by DISH.

There is no cure for DISH, but you can

  • Treat underlying conditions. If you have diabetes or another condition associated with insulin resistance, getting that condition under control will help minimize the symptoms of DISH. Maintaining a healthy weight will also help.
  • Get pain relief. Ask a podiatrist for pain relievers that can treat joint stiffness in your legs, feet, and ankles. Your doctor might prescribe corticosteroid injections for more severe pain.
  • Increase mobility. Gentle stretching exercises can keep your ligaments from becoming overly stiff and brittle. Ask your doctor to recommend a regimen for your joints that will keep them moving. Walking, bicycling, and Aqua exercises are all excellent ways to stay mobile.

My Personal Experience

I was diagnosed with DISH in 2014 after going to the Emergency Room for chest pain. After a number of tests were done, including a CT Scan, the doctor informed me that they had discovered I had DISH in my Thoracic Spine (after ruling out heart problems for the chest pain).

I had always had pain and stiffness in my spine but assumed it was “regular” arthritis, as I have Osteoarthritis throughout my body. Finding out it was something different came as a surprise to me. I discovered that because I have Diabetes Type 2, it was likely a contributing factor. In the years since the diagnosis, I have developed bone spurs in my left ankle, and the DISH has spread to include my Lumbar spine as well as the Thoracic spine. The bone spurs on my spine look more like melted candle wax than actual spurs which is typical for this disease.

I find the stiffness is the most difficult part of having DISH. The sensation is like trying to stretch, but never quite getting enough range of motion, so you’re left feeling “incomplete.” It’s almost like one good “pop” would make things better. I do stretching exercises and use a foam roller to help minimize the stiffness, and I’m conscious of my voice as well. I’ve developed some hoarseness over the years which could indicate that the DISH has affected my cervical spine.

I don’t take any additional medication for DISH with the exception of an occasional muscle relaxant if my back is particularly stiff. By relaxing the muscles around the spine, I get some relief from the stiffness that is part of DISH. I find that my stretching exercises are usually effective enough to bring relief. Heat sometimes helps with the stiffness as well, and a good muscle rub or magnesium rub can make a difference in pain levels as well.

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Conclusion

If you are experiencing pain and stiffness in the spine or noticing that you are developing bone spurs on your feet (or hands), consult with your doctor and ask about whether DISH could be causing your problems. X-rays and/or other imaging tests can help to determine if there are problems with the ligaments or if there is increased bone growth.

Discovering DISH early can help you get a treatment plan in place to provide relief. Although DISH is considered “rare”, it seems like it’s becoming more predominant than in the past so the sooner you get a diagnosis, the better.

Resources and Further Reading

Pamela Jessen lives in Langford, BC Canada. She is a blogger who writes about Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Invisible Illness at pamelajessen.com.  She also writes for The Mighty,  PainResource.com and various independent publications. Pamela is also a Patient Advocate with the Patient Voices Network in BC.  She sits on 4 committees and one Provincial working group and has also been involved in advocacy work at the Canadian National level as well. Pamela is married to her amazing husband Ray and they have one cat named Dorie. 


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Stair Climbing Shopping Carts, a Review

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Why Bother Using a Cart?

This is a question I asked myself often when I was young and impatient. It seemed faster and easier to carry things myself, even if it did involve a little more pain. In most “official literature” on EDS coming from the medical community, it is said that Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is not a progressive disease, but those of us who live with the condition certainly don’t agree.

The degeneration of our joints may not be rapid, but decline we do and this decline picks up speed as we age. How could it not? Our faulty collagen equals a lot of injuries and after our joints are injured, they’re never quite the same. Many of us have severe issues with degenerative disc disease and one or two joints that forever plague us with constant dislocations. Many of us end up having multiple joint replacements and other joint related surgeries in our lifetimes. This isn’t me whining, this is simply the life we live.

There are many things one can do to try to avoid accumulating the damage in the first place, but of course one must first know there is a problem, and many of us aren’t even diagnosed until we’re well into our adult lives, so we’ve already pushed ourselves well beyond the limits of what any ultra bendy body should ever take.

Lucky for us, it’s never too late to change our ways and try to preserve what we have left.

All we could find was another 2nd floor apartment when our current complex was bought out and we have to give up our washer and dryer to move there as well. I decided it’s time to invest in a good rolling basket cart with wheels to help avoid injury and wear on my already problematic joints, and I need one that will make it easier to navigate the stairs. We have a cart, but it’s flat bed style, very narrow and only has two wheels, making it very unwieldy on stairs. I’ll be carrying at least 2-3 loads of laundry a week down to the first floor of our apartment building so it will save me a lot of heavy lifting. It will also come in handy for those rare trips to the grocery store (my husband’s been doing more and more), mad buying at half price books clearance sales or whatever else I decide I must have in bulk (it happens, what can I say).

My husband already overtaxes his spondylolithesis more than he should at work. It will also come in handy for him, assuming I can get the big lug to admit he actually needs it. These things can be harder for men. As a woman who always prided herself on proving to be anything but the ‘weaker of the species,’ it took me a long time to give it up, myself. I understand that drive. We all want to be seen as strong and self-sufficient.

Having a great cart makes the decision to use one a lot easier. I mean, isn’t it disappointing to finally give in and use a mobility device (even something as simple of a cart that we don’t even look at that way), only to find out it doesn’t really do the things we need it to do most? That’s how I felt about every cart I had before this one.

Carts were always great if I lived in a house or managed to snag a first floor apartment, or lived in a building with an elevator, but carts become a real inconvenience when it comes to stairs; even just 2 or 3. Your stuff is more likely to end up splayed across the steps as it is to make it safely to the next landing. It all has to do with the wheels.

The Perfect Cart

The cart I purchased moves like a dream on the stairs because it’s tri-wheel design climbs with you, instead of working against you like traditional wheels. My cart has come in very handy during our move. We only have 10 steps to get to our landing in our current apartment, but I’ve fallen down them or tripped up them more times than I can count in the last 5 years, usually with my arms full. I really need a hand to steady myself on the railing and because my proprioception is so poor, I need to be able to see my feet. A stair climbing cart gives me the freedom to do all that. It’s a bit of a walk from our rear apartment to our car in the parking lot as well, so it really saves my back and upper body from too much strain, as well.

There are a lot of stair climbing carts on the market right now and I felt a bit confused when trying to pick one out because many of them look the same, but when you begin reading the descriptions, you realize they aren’t. I wanted to make sure the cart I chose got great genuine reviews that included what was important to me; that it be sturdy, able to carry a lot, foldable for easy storage, and could easily climb stairs. This is what I chose:

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Folding Shopping Cart, Portable Stair Climbing Utility Cart with Swivel Wheel and Waterproof Canvas Bag, 177 Pounds Capacity (Utility Cart w/Bag
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I was so pleased when it arrived and I got it put together to find that it met all the great things reviewers had to say about it, including how easy it was to put together! It took less than 10 minutes. The cart is very sturdy and given the design, it feels more stable both on stairs and the on the ground, because there’s always at least four wheels in contact with something at all times, even when you’re popping a wheelie or going up the stairs. The handle is at the perfect height, has a good grip and I can lean on it some for support. It has great holding capacity at 177 lbs and its basket is easily big enough to hold a load of laundry, with a second in a bag or basket on top, so it’s very convenient.

If the cart has any drawbacks, it might be the flimsy bag, though it suits the purpose of lining the cart just fine. It also has carrying handles so it can be used alone. As you can see in the pictures I’ve taken the bag is more of a purple color than blue. It’s made from your basic reusable grocery bag type material and comes with velcro straps you can use to secure it to the cart.

Given it’s design and good construction, I have no doubt this cart will serve me well for years and help keep my back, shoulders and other problematic joints in better condition. I would definitely recommend this cart for anyone who needs to avoid lifting, such as people with conditions like arthritis and other rheumatoid conditions like lupus and fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, back injuries, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis and really just for the average person who wants to make their life and old age a little easier. It’s been a great help to have in my home so far! What products do you recommend that help take the strain off your joints?

Ps. Today’s post was written with the help?! of this wee little one, Freya <3 who slept on my arm, chest or keyboard mousepad the entire time! Check out her and Loki on IG.

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Wall Push Ups

Wall Push Ups

Wall Push Ups are a good way to build upper body strength fast and are a big part of what keeps my right shoulder from popping out of place every time I wash myself or roll over in bed. I also believe wall push-ups, along with one other exercise, keep my costochondritis and rib subluxations at bay. They can be done starting out with absolutely no incline so that you aren’t lifting any added body weight and you can slowly add body weight as your strength increases by the amount you tilt your body. Once you’ve leaned as far as you can go on the wall, you can switch to some high backed furniture before moving to the floor to perform conventional push ups, assuming your joints are healthy enough to support your full body weight. Some of us (especially fluffier zebras like myself) may not be able to get to a traditional push up due to joint problems in our backs, arms or hands, but we’re all a little different. If you’re significantly deconditioned, you may want to start out with just a few reps or even some simpler arm exercises to work your way up. To see how to do wall push ups, watch the video below.

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AloeMD; Pain Relief + Healing

This article was last checked and updated 4/8/19 by Capricious Lestrange.


AVAloeMDAloeMD is a topical pain relief cream that I recently had the opportunity to try as part of a 3 day study.  The claims about AloeMD are impressive, so I was a little wary at first. I was told it would not only relieve my pain, but actually heal the extracellular matrix and that it would actually become more effective over time, requiring me to use less and less.  They also claimed that it was as effective at relieving pain as NSAIDs and nearly as effective as steroids, yet it didn’t contain any of these substances.  Could it really be as good as they were saying?  I’ve been sold a lot of stuff that makes big promises only to break them.  However, after only five days (I couldn’t give it up after 3), I’ve seen these claims in action personally and I want to share everything I learned.

Having hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, fibromyalgia, and a mast cell activation disorder, I have suffered from chronic pain since childhood. I have chronic joint dislocations and subluxations, severe migraines, tension headaches from occipital neuralgia and minor TMJ dysfunction, bone pain, fibromyalgia tender points, muscle aches and spasms, frequent bouts of tendonitis and frequent stomach and bowel pain. Being allergic to codeine and unable to tolerate opioids, I have suffered for decades without acceptable pain relief until I turned to holistic medicine. I have tried many things with varying degrees of success. I’m always on the lookout for something more effective so when I heard Aloe Veritas, the makers of AloeMD were looking for study participants, I raised my hand with insistence.

Already being aware of some of the great benefits of aloe and what it can do to improve collagen in EDS, I was curious about this pain cream and how it might fare against the chronic joint pain of hEDS. Aloe has been used to heal a variety of other conditions for years. Just look at all the conditions people have been using aloe to treat since time immemorial:

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My AloeMD Trial Results

I decided to use AloeMD on my left elbow for my trial. My left elbow has been causing me pain for over a year, as the tendons are so stretched that my elbow will not stay in proper position for longer than a couple of minutes. It is constantly inflamed and in pain. When it gets far enough out of position, it begins to throb with a stabbing sort of pain and sometimes it becomes so inflamed I cannot get it back into position without a good deal of force. These tendons are constantly in a state of duress, despite months and months of rest, physical therapy, ice, magnesium baths and use of a specially mixed topical pain cream that contains local anesthetic and NSAIDs.

The first time I used AloeMD, I thought for sure I was the victim of the placebo effect. The pain relief came so quickly, I thought I was surely imagining things. Within 5 minutes the pain was significantly reduced. Within 15, it was completely gone. It didn’t last long that first time, only 90 minutes. So I applied some more. Again the relief was almost immediate and this time it lasted a full 2 hours. I noticed this was the trend. Each time I applied it, it acted just as quickly, but each application seemed to last a little longer than the last. When I woke up the next morning, I wasn’t in nearly as much pain as usual. I applied the cream and my pain was completely gone within 10 minutes. This time, I didn’t have to apply anymore until 4 hours later. By the end of day two, I realized I’d put it on about half as often as I did the first day. By day 3, I only used it four times and on day 4 only three.

What really blew me away was that within 2 or 3 minutes of applying it to my elbow, my joint would spontaneously pop back into place, no adjusting, twisting or jerking necessary. I barely moved my arm and heard that loud, satisfying *pop!* of it returning home.

While I never look forward to these things, I can’t wait to try it on other subluxating and dislocating joints. It can be terribly painful to get displaced joints back in, so having a cream that immediately reduces inflammation and decreases pain could be a real game changer for most zebras who traditionally rely on much slower acting pain methods to get them through. My elbow now slides back in like butter and overall, I’m noticing less and less of a pop when applying it, so likely it’s staying a lot closer to home with the reduction of inflammation and healing that has taken place. It’s early yet, but I also haven’t had any full dislocations of the joint in the last 3 days. Since it usually pops out daily and I was certain I was headed for surgery, this is huge for me.

8 Month Update

We ran our of our first 5 ounce tube of this miracle cream right around the 7 month mark and I used this cream on everything. It is every bit as much the lifesaver for dislocations that I suspected. It takes the swelling down immediately and makes it so much easier to get joints to realign and stay there. I’ve only had one scenario where the pain relief AloeMD offers wasn’t enough; my entire cervical spine shifted out of place because it’s herniated at either end. When it shifited, it was pinching a nerve and sending shooting pain through my right arm, rib cage and back. My spine was so far out of alignment, it caused a domino effect where my shoulder and then elbow and sometimes even my wrist would dislocate. It significantly reduced the pain, but it couldn’t quite get rid of it for the first 3-4 days. Everything was going great and I could tell it was healing fine, when I RAN OUT of AloeMD! I ran out and I was flat friggin’ broke. Thinking my neck and shoulder were far enough along to go without, I set myself back completely and everything popped out of place again. When I finally got it three weeks later, I was still struggling terribly. Within two weeks of getting the bottle, it’s almost as if I never went through this terrible experience. This stuff really is worth every single penny.

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What Types of Pain will AloeMD Treat?

I still have a lot of testing to do to see how it helps my other types of pain long term. Since I only have a limited supply intended for the test, I decided to do a little “spot treating” of some pain points just to see how it worked on my pain in the short term. I found it very effective for the osteoarthritis pain in my knees, my fibromyalgia tender points and my right hand feels AMAZING after rubbing it into my left elbow over the last five days! I’m so used to dealing with some level of hand pain that I don’t even think about it anymore. Even the pain of holding my fasciablaster and handwriting has been significantly reduced.

AVAloeMDvNSAIDSAVAloeMDEffectiveWhen treating these other types of pain, it worked in the same amount of time as it did with my elbow and offered the same amount of pain relief. The pain I have used it on has ranged between a 1 to a 6 and all of it has been successfully treated with AloeMD without the use of any other pain relievers. While using AloeMD, I have not experienced any side effects or allergic reaction to it, despite having a terribly sensitive and unruly mast cell activation disorder. I feel confident it is safe and effective for any spoonie or zebra to use, but of course consult your doctor with any questions you may have about it’s suitability. The ingredients for all their products are listed on the website.

AVAloeMDThermographySpeaking of fasciablasting, I can’t wait to try out AloeMD in conjunction with fasciablasting. The hardest part of blasting for us zebras is how painful it can be starting out, in addition to the hand pain we deal with just from holding the blaster. I think AloeMD is going to work great as a before or after application cream (or possibly both). Not only will it reduce the pain related with blasting, but the inflammation, while also fostering increased blood flow. It sounds like a big win to me, but of course I’ll do more experimentation and get back to you with my thoughts on this.

Why AloeMD Works

AVAloeMDAIChartSo why is AloeMD so effective? Because it helps heal the extracellular matrix (ECM) with polysaccharides, antioxidants and the other natural healing agents of Aloe, Japonica root (the same place quercetin comes from), resveritrol, curcumin, citrus containing ceramides and other hardworking natural ingredients I’ve mentioned many times before at the  Zebra Pit. A white paper I received on the cream explains,

“Disruption of the ECM in mammalian tissues has been implicated in a number of disease processes. ECM deterioration has been associated with poor prognosis of many types of connective and hyperproliferative disorders. In particular, destabilization of proper ECM structure and function in human tissues, such as breast and prostate tissues, has been shown to aggravate the disease process in those organs. This disruption manifests itself in a number of indications, including overexpression of tRAS, inflammation, infection, loss of tissue integrity and biochemical imbalances in the cells contained within the matrix, and can lead to increases in mammographic density, microcalcification, degeneration of healthy tissue, and a number of neoplastic and other disease processes in situ”

“An intact ECM supports cell, tissue, organ, and organ system integrity by providing for proper physiologic functioning of each biologic entity. Chronic alteration of this microenvironment resulting in a prolonged state of dysfunction will lead to end-stage structural alterations that are termed “pathological.”  Stabilization of the ECM represents a defense against the onset and progression of chronic disease.  AloeMD Cream may work to decrease prolonged ECM disruption represented by various chronic disease states.”

“AloeMD Therapeutic Cream has demonstrated that successful stabilization of the ECM can decrease the morbidity of chronic processes by reducing pain and preserving healthy organ function. 1

These results mirror my own experience with trying AloeMD. In fact, I feel like I definitely got more relief from applying this cream than I have from the use of advil or Tylenol and since it has a cumulative effect, while I at first needed to apply it more often than I am even allowed to use my local anesthetic cream, I am using it less in the long run. It will also work out to be a lot less expensive, too. Over the 5 days, I have used less than 7ml in total, as all it takes is a dime sized application for any joint.

To learn more about AloeMD and its creator, Dr. McWherter, watch the video below:

AloeMD Facts:

  • Use it as often as needed. With no contraindications for use, you can apply it as often as you need
  • It starts working immediately at reducing inflammation and pain
  • It’s natural and gentle on sensitive skin.
  • It decreases free-radical damage
  • It promotes long-term healthy cellular function
  • It absorbs and penetrates where needed most through smart delivery technology
  • It defends and strengthens the protective barrier around the cells, preventing interruption of healthy growth
  • It diminishes the negative side effects of distressed DNA
  • It optimize the body’s own ability to reinforce health using your innate “Doctor Within”

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To purchase AloeMD and check out their many other exciting products, visit the store. You can also join the facebook group 4ever Aloe to learn more about the product, see more testimonials from people who have tried it and learn about the science behind the pain relief. I will also be sharing more on each of the Aloe Veritas products as I try them, so be sure to follow the blog if you aren’t already. I’ll be trying the Aloe Veritas Drink Gel next!

While this is a post I wrote in exchange for an opportunity to try this product, I have provided my complete and honest opinion and experiences with AloeMD, just as I have with every product I’ve reviewed here. I’ve actually been so pleased with the way AloeMD has worked for me, I may be partnering with Aloe Veritas to offer their products to our community here. Aloe Veritas offers exactly the kind of quality natural products I want to represent and promote at the Zebra Pit to aid in the health and wellness of our community. This would be a new frontier for us, but it falls in line with our overall mission of providing relief and aiming for better health and quality of life despite chronic illness.

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Hello, Hello

My name is Tin Foil Hat Man, and I am pleased to be a contributing editor for The Disability Depot. You may recognize me from my own Word Press blog, Beneath The Tinfoil Hat, in which I ruminate about politics, television, as well as just about anything else that finds it’s way from underneath my Reynolds and Reynolds fashioned cap. I was asked to contribute to this blog because my wife is disabled. The view points that I will share with you are from that of the partner, or caregiver of a loved one who happens to be disabled. Periodically, you will see articles from me with some helpful tips to not only help with caring for your partner, but caring for yourself as well. My intent is to convey that life isn’t over because your loved one is disabled, it’s merely different. Depending on the severity of your partner’s disability, some adjustments and concessions in your everyday life will need to be made, but it’s still quite possible to enjoy life. It may be as simple as continuing to do the little things that make your life together completely awesome or it may be as big as redefining your activities all together. Either way, as long as you and your partner work together as a team and  regularly evaluate what works, life can still be good.

My partner became seriously disabled with Fibromyalgia and ME (what most of us in the states know as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS) about seven years ago. Since then, our life has been about adjustment. Some days, she is able to care for herself and even take care of some household chores. Other days I have to step up and care for everything. Sometimes after these stretches I forget to consider how she feels and hover over her like a mother hen, earning her ire for impinging on her autonomy; one thing I hope to help others avoid by sharing my own experiences.

But what about me you ask? What’s my story? For starters, I live with my wife, Capricious, in Kentucky with our grumpy needy cat, Athena. I enjoy reading, writing, and watching way too much tv. In addition, I love going to see live theatre and music, as well as being an avid football fan and borderline history zealot. By the way, did I mention that I’m a disability candidate? I have been suffering from a rare disorder in my back for decades, called Spondylolisthesis: A condition that causes one vertebrae to slide off it’s disc, and onto the disc below it. It hurts like hell, causes my legs and feet to go numb, and just wreaks all kind of havoc from my lower back to my toes. I quit working this past May, and currently have a disability case of my own pending. I will be sure to share my experience as the case progresses, as well as explore what it’s like to live in a duel disability home.

At any rate, we both hope you find this blog helpful. Whether you’re disabled, or the partner of someone who is disabled, this blog is for you!