"I saw this gentleman, Tim, in Boston's Logan airport with the sister he'd been visiting. It appeared he was both deaf and blind, as I observed her signing into his hand for him to feel her words. When he came aboard the plane he had been assigned the middle seat of my row. The kind gentleman who had the aisle seat graciously gave it up for him. At this point Tim was traveling alone. The flight attendants sincerely wanted to assist him, but had no way to communicate. I watched as they didn't flinch when he reached out to touch their faces and arms. They took his hand and tried so hard to communicate with him, to no avail. He had some verbal ability, but clearly could not understand them. The man who had given up his seat did his best to assist him with things like opening coffee creamer and putting it in his coffee. When Tim made the attempt to stand up and feel his way to the restroom, his seat mate immediately was up to help him. The flight attendants were talking among themselves and someone suggested paging to see if anyone on board knew sign language. That's when this lovely young woman came into the picture. 15 years old, she learned ASL because she had dyslexia and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn. For the rest of the flight she attended to Tim and made sure his needs were met. It was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand. He was able to 'read' her signing and they carried on an animated conversation. When he asked her if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seat mate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim. I don't know when I've ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to. Huge kudos to the flight attendants of Alaska Airlines who went above and beyond to meet Tim's needs. I can't say enough about this beautiful young woman named Clara who didn't think twice about helping her fellow passenger. It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other. #alaskaairlines" 💕
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Hi, my name is Lala, and just like you all, I’m a chronic illness warrior. I’m looking to make connections with people like me who understand the daily struggles living in a body that just doesn’t want to work properly. I’d like people I can commiserate with, but also share our success stories and conversate with about how despite our crap hands we were dealt in life, we’re still totally rocking this thing called life.
Hi all. I’m currently completing a qualification whilst on the job. In this qualification you only have a specified amount of time to complete it and if you go over this amount of time then you won’t be allowed to qualify. I have been doing it for 2 years already mainly because I was put on a break for 8 months due to awaiting my assistive technology for my dyslexia to arrive. Once it came they said that I would have to be put on “pause” to embed my usage of it. I only have dragon and read/ write.
I Friday was an awful day for me they have said they are going to pause me again for a further 4.5 months and place me on a performance improvement plan. This is because we have to complete these detailed reports that have to be written in a certain way. I was given two opportunities to complete a higher level report which I failed abysmally the first time (despite seeking help from a qualified colleague who checked it over for me) and the last one I missed some important details but the changes that I needed to make took me around an hour (the whole thing is given a 10 day turn around window)
I’m feeling a lot of RSD about this and can’t stop crying about it. It’s making me anxious to even try to attempt it again. I feel like the next time I complete this I will ace it I just need another attempt and I really don’t want to pause or go on this improvement plan. There are no other issues with my work with clients (this has been praised) or with my work around supporting them and completing other requirements it’s only this one detailed report.
They did suggest going back to occupational health to see what other adjustments could be given to me but i don’t see what else could be provided. I have a mentor but she’s so overworked and overwhelmed with her own job I hesitate to ask her about things. Another colleague has offered to support me by quality assessing my work before it goes to my boss for final assessment. I have been given a detailed check list and I tried to QA my own work but still missed out some pretty important details last time. I’m just devastated this is happening again and I won’t be able to qualify on December. I was originally meant to qualify in March but that was when I rejoined the program after my first pause.
I’m just lost and frustrated
Hello! My name is Kathleen and I have a slew of mental health issues! At 16 I was tested at the Gifted Development Center in CO.
I have Sensory Processing Disorder
Auditory and Vision Processing Disorder.
At 21 I was in college but then I had a nervous breakdown, so I had to leave. Within the year I was diagnosed with rapid cycling Bipolar 2 with physio.
I am a Christian, homeschooled, writer and lover of literature. I also help out on my families homestead, Joyful Noise Home-in-Stead. I love animals 😻. This pic is with my new kitty Milo. He is a great emotional support buddy!! #loveanimals #Bipolar #SPDwarrior #poloarwarior
This is part 3 of my letters to me. I am so sorry for the long long message those who don’t like lengthy messages. Also, reflect on the other 2 before you come to this one. Read it with a careful and thoughtful heart again 🙏🏼🖤🥺
Dear young teenage Jenny Jin-Young Lee. Hey girl it is the adult Jenny writing this I know you can’t come back but here is my letter to you. I know getting abused was a nightmare. But you kept climbing up the mountain called life. I know striving through for being autistic, hearing impaired and mild intellectual disability along with dyslexia is a challenge but you are strong. No matter who you hurt that's what you expect yourself to say, isn't it?
You do have a little secret you are broken behind each mean mark, rude even a glance, snipe, or comment you are terrified of being the villain in everyone’s life you want to be good how when everyone sees you as a snake. Understanding yourself is hard I get it. Being one of the other people who is diagnosed is harder. You always get judged before people know you. As you can see Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter is the same as you and out of the blue, you wanna be a part of other people’s lives.
Being a snake does hurt the only way you can do is learn to love the pain. Therefore you are part of a Slytherin house and think about those who love Harry Potter. You can feel like you will never be anyone’s hero.
But you are finished being the villain of your life if you think you are the “bad guy” in other people’s lives. I know it was rough when people misunderstood you just of course being Korean and so much more.
Darkness will make you felt not good enough for anyone, feel want to collapse, would make your organs go worse, abused, scared, make impulsive but dumb decisions, feel insecure, embarrassed, discouraged, emotionally declined, have fake friends even wannabes also be a liar, etc as you get older.
Also losing Lily Leah your Yorkshire terrier was the biggest heartbreak from the moment you lose her the more you will strive to have another dog which I know you will. After you will lose your great-grandmother on your mother’s side of the family. Straight after you will lose your very first mentor in life but some of the things you will find new things. For example new dog and new mentors.
But always know everything will be okay and there will be people that assume everything about you but don’t let them do it to you because you are going to just do it and stay quiet about everything much as possible and wait until you are ready. Everyone will be stoked to hear everything you went through.
You will make the people around you proud and you aren’t going to be picture-perfect I promise you will be okay. It was hard to believe in yourself but it is okay you got this.
Sometimes you will have some deja vu moments when you are older you will see what it is. Keep at it Jenny as your parents would say 화이팅 진영아! You will be like a champion in your life soon.I know you will go through a lot but it was hard. You went through 2 surgeries but when you get older you will have 2 more so keep trying to find interventions to hear in your ear that is your right but the left is for something else. Sometimes you gotta know to keep trying and moving forward.
But as you get older you will have fake friends and wannabes but you will find them around the age of 23. You had countless moments where you would cry until you couldn’t even cry anymore. No one saw you crying because you just didn’t want to fall. But it is okay to teenager Jenny I am sure of it. Also the teen years you had were 2008 to 2013 they will always be memorable and cherish because those were the days where you felt yourself but you will continue to do so.
From Jenny the adult
Hi, my name is Eloria. I'm here because I have illnesses which aren’t visible - chronic inflammation of all my tendons and joints. I also lived with a man (we were married and got two children). He developed mental illness and committed suicide before I even got to know what his mental illness was. One of my grownup children has autism and MS. My second man died in cancer. Sometimes I get inspired by the stories in here and often I have things to add to the topic at hand. I’m a teacher and have followed and helped many with anxiety and ADHD, autism, dyslexia and other health issues or tragedies in life. Maybe I can contribute with pieces of advice.
Hey 👋🏼 kings and queens 🤴🏻 👸🏻 so I just to start off I know I had a story that was bothering me since February of this year but here is the answer to it now. Around before this I had told my parents and best friend that I made a decision that I will go for a pelvic exam🧐 . Plus I always looked bloated 🤰🏻 I thought 💭 it was fat or even pregnant but it wasn’t but please be respectful and give reassurance as a find a way to recover from this ❤️🩹We will see where this is headed. Also this is why I have been so quiet after February and have not been checking in those who I wanted to check in also sounded something off. I stopped posting since February 5th of this year. Anyway so I had been declining a Pelvic exam since I was 18 years old I was scared to find out and all due to my autism, anxiety, social anxiety and depression) I really have been a survivor since I was 13 years of age. ✌🏼Also I declined on going to the doctor 👨🏻⚕️ for a long time since I was 18 also I heard that word high cholesterol from my doctor’s words that it was in my blood 🩸as well and I need to take care of it so now 4 years as passed. I will be getting referred to go and get a Pelvic examination🧐 and call an ambulance 🚑 for myself. But I will be going to be okay that’s all I want think of for me I had the mentality that it’s just a puzzle 🧩 piece when I found out having autism, it’s just a block in my ear 👂🏼 for my hearing loss on my right ear so ended up using a hearing aid 🦻🏼 it needs some screwing 🪛 when I had been diagnosed with mild intellectual disability along with dyslexia when
I read as well📘 it is just another block in my eyes 👀 so I need glasses 👓 due to my astigmatism lastly it’s just a huge balloon 🎈 behind me when I had DD breasts I will share soon🔜 let’s strike hard together 🥋 I am going to be okay as there is this saying “go little rockstar” 🤘🏼 and we got this. Thanks to one of the YouTubers I appreciate to tell to double check my health no matter what 🙏🏼🖤 I know I was supposed to get it checked at 18 just once again it was my anxiety anyway also please take care of yourself when things are wrong and before it’s too late 🗣️ be easy on me as I go through this. But it is all the dizziness 😵💫, struggling to get up, feeling weak 🦴, the fatigue 🥱 moments, almost collapsed moments, collapsed moments, black out moments, sleepless night, waking up randomly in the morning ☀️ and so much more here is the reason. Just know I will be okay 👌🏼 just pray for me as I go through this time I am seeking reassurance 🫂, thoughts 💭, prayers 🙏🏼, the hype 👏🏼 and patience plus might need some peace so once I recover I can be back to my black belt 🥋 training and the next other chapters can’t wait to update you all soon but goodbye cyst ball I am that one ball of wonder baby 🤘🏼 plus I know cyst or cancer don’t know what it will be is scary word but I will be okay just keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I recover slowly I felt like a kangaroo 🦘
With love 🖤and respect