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How neat are you?

Right off the top: This is a judgment-free zone. Now on to today’s topic…

In general, neatness comes with a lot of stigma, misconceptions, and, at times, a hearty dose of ableism. “Neat” is often seen as “best” or “normal” or “perfect” — but as @xokat’s aunt always says, “A home should look like it’s lived in.” (A little louder for the people in the back!)

Neatness also has a lottttt of definitions depending on who you’re asking. What does it look like to you? Clean surfaces? Organized piles? Not a speck of dust? And does your health conditions — whether it’s mental or physical — play into that level of tidiness (for better or for worse)?

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What’s your initial reaction to bad news?

As you get older, you begin to realize that everyone processes bad news — from grief to financial woes to bad health stuff — differently. Some people go numb and don’t deal with it until it’s right in their face. Others grow angry and bitter, looking for someone and anyone to blame. And then there are the people who really detach themselves emotionally and apply logic and reasoning to the problem ahead. None of these approaches are wrong, and none of them are the “right” approach either, it just means we all have different brains and hearts.

How do you tend to react when faced with adversity?

#MightyMinute #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #RareDisease #Caregiving #Grief #Suicide #Trauma #Autism #ADHD

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What daily task do you dread most?

Let’s get right into it: If Mighty staffer @xokat never had to cook dinner or figure out what her household was eating for another meal in the history of her lifetime… she’d take it. There is simply no other task or responsibility that drains her more, both physically and mentally. (Which is saying something, considering she actually enjoys to cook. Perhaps it’s the daily requirement that’s a bother?)

What’s that task for you? Which one do you dread each day?

#MightyMinute #CheerMeOn #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Disability #RareDisease #Caregiving #Autism #ADHD

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Today I’ll choose…

When you live with a rainbow of health conditions, choice sometimes get a bad rap. Some of that is justified — shout-out to people in our lives who constantly tell us to “choose happiness,” as if that’ll “cure” our depression. Then there’s the cold-hard, impossible-to-ignore fact that illness often strips us of our autonomy to even make a choice a lot of the time.

But there still a lot within our control when it comes to choice. What will you eat for lunch today? Who will you prioritize today? What mindset or emotional state would feel good to try on?

Whether’s a single word, a goal, a to-do, or an emotion, tell us what you’ll choose today.

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What are your favorite conversation topics?

Honestly, sometimes you just need to take a break from talking about health. Not only is it valid and very necessary to take a break from your symptoms and emotions from time to time, but it can be especially important to define your identity outside of those labels. (But we know how tough that is when your lived experiences are all-consuming! It’s all about balance, friends.)

So we’re curious what else you like to discuss. The weather? Your hobbies? Pop culture? Food? Nostalgic trips down memory lane? Travel? Your pets? Your kids?

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Tell us about the last time you advocated for yourself.

Mighty staffer @xokat had some blood work done yesterday, and, like always, she was very vocal about her history of passing out. In the past, she has occasionally been met with a little bit of grumbling for being a “high-maintenance patient,” but yesterday was such a pleasant surprise. The phlebotomist took her to the kids’ room (there were so many cool stickers on the wall!) so she could lay on a couch-like table and already had juice on standby. The best part? The health care professional actually thanked her for advocating because it meant there would be no surprises!

So that got her thinking about self-advocacy and how important it is, but also how scary it can be — especially if you’re met with resistance. Whether it’s something for your mental health, a specific boundary you have in place, or a sticky situation in the workplace, we’d love to hear about your latest self-advocacy adventures.

⛰️ P.S. Here’s a really stellar piece from a Mighty contributor about the mountain that is speaking up for yourself: Why Is Disability Self-Advocacy So Hard?

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Why Is Disability Self-Advocacy So Hard?

"Hard? Yes. Worth it? Always."
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I could really use a break from…

It’s not just a Kit Kat candy bar theme song, folks — we all need a break sometimes! What have you had just about enough of lately?

Maybe it’s a pesky symptom like fatigue or nausea; perhaps you’re exhausted from financial stress or important decision-making. Or maybe you just really need a break from people-ing in the form of a solo vacation, time off work, or a pause on family functions.

Speak it into the universe (aka the comments) and maybe, just maybe, it’ll come true!

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What’s your most low-maintenance health condition?

We talk a lot on The Mighty about the symptoms, experiences, emotions, and diagnoses that impact our day-to-day — some of us are more weighed down by physical illnesses, while others manage an all-consuming mental illness or caregiving role. But one perspective we don’t talk about as much are the conditions that we just kind of… forget about? (We know, we know, sounds fake. 😅)

Whether it’s because you’re in remission or very rarely experience flares or episodes, have another condition that causes more trouble, or live with a diagnosis that you were born with and don’t really put that much concerted, conscious effort into managing it — it’s time to choose your “golden child.”

For Mighty staffer @xokat, it’s definitely her rare headache disease, SUNCT syndrome. Thankfully she hasn’t been in a pain cycle in over a year and a half (it’s very common for the disease to enter long periods of remission), and she only takes one preventive medication to keep the attacks at bay. Other than that? Absolutely out of sight, out of mind. It’s very rarely something she thinks about, plans around, or talks about. What a treat!

What’s that low-maintenance condition for you?

#MightyMinute #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Caregiving #Cancer #Autism #ADHD

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Who is a part of your public, private, and secret life?

Novelist Gabriel García Márquez once said, “Everyone has three lives: a public life, a private life, and a secret life.” While there are a variety ways you could interpret that statement, we’re most interested in this angle: If you examine our own life, who do you let into those different versions of yourself?

Here are some definitions to get you thinking:

👋 Public life: The most “common” life we each have — the details we readily share or present to the world. It’s not wholly superficial, but it’s definitely a surface-level manifestation of ourselves.

🔒 Private life: This is one tree ring deeper. These people know some of your struggles and might celebrate your strengths. There’s a more profound sense of trust, but still a wall to break through at times.

💜 Secret life: These people know your darkness, your unsteadiness, your soul, your quirks. You trust them with your heart and your mind. They tend to be your safe space.

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