Many of you have read and shared this article about  My adopted niece Erica Kuneki.   She continues in her battle with cancer, dealing with a great deal of pain. This brave young woman  still continues to find things to laugh about, in spite of  the trauma of the cancer.  Recently, a platelet transfusion caused a reaction similar to anaphylactic shock, and had to be discontinued.

Erica and her family continue to need help financially for help with bills, laundry costs, even bridge tolls.   There are several fundraisers listed in this original article for anyone willing to help.  Thank you!

 

via Warrior Stronger Than Cancer

Warrior Stronger Than Cancer

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So, about that autism “girl gap”…

This was a fascinating and extremely well written post about autism and the disparity in diagnoses.

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I received a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, and OCD a few years ago after I started grad school. PTSD would soon follow. I had been in and out of counseling for over 10 years, where the only labels I was given were anxiety and depression. I now feel pangs of rage when I meet someone else with just these labels. It seems to be clinical shorthand for “you’re welcome to pay us but we find your problems unworthy of further consideration”.

Though I was proactive in seeking care once I had access to the University’s services, I was and am privileged to have access to these services. It was also a privilege that I was able to “speak the language” to get the triage counselor to put me with the psychiatry clinic. Other friends, particularly my black lab mates, are sent to “group counseling” for other black women. It’s a…

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