Not for being too young to comprehend the complexities of mental illness, or for my inability to save you. I’m sorry that our society viewed you as a futile burden, instead of a capable human being.
I remember wishing, praying that you had Cancer instead. At least Cancer is honorable, I thought. At least Cancer has the possibility of going away.
But as with all chronic illnesses, there is no resolution for alcoholism or substance addiction. The best modern medicine and technology can provide those suffering, is a toolkit for survival.
That's it. Survival. And to be completely honest, I wasn’t able to fully comprehend this fact until recently.
Everyone saw you as this helpless, frail, incapable woman; completely unaware that you were actually a gifted, passionate mother with so much to give the world. Eventually, you chose to believe in them instead of yourself. And in the end, we all lost: You lost your life, I lost my mom, and the workforce lost its chance to tap into your ceaseless potential.
I alone do not possess the power to change the mentality of our society as a whole, but I can and will endorse inclusive communities for those surviving with chronic illnesses. You see, living is different than surviving. You survived for as long as you physically could. But a life without purpose, a life spent simply surviving, isn’t a life at all. You needed more than just a toolkit for survival, you deserved more.
I like to think that if you had been given the opportunity and support to become a productive member of society once again, that you would still be here today.
You had a chronic illness... but you were more than capable.
Club Capable was designed to be a space for discovering and connecting with others in our community. Club Capable is the first community designed for chronically ill and disabled professionals to get advice, seek help navigating a job search, and access exclusive events and resources.
If we don’t see leadership standing up as role models and mentors, people will not feel comfortable disclosing.
If you want to be the best employee that you can be, you have to know your strengths. It is as simple as that, whether you are disabled or able-bodied. In the case of being disabled, I have found for myself that it can be hard to know how I benefit a workplace when I do not feel like I fit the general mold for what makes a good employee.
In 2016, I visited a friend in California and came across cannabidiol—generally referred to as CBD. Desperate to alleviate my pain, I decided to try it out.
As we celebrate Black History Month, which takes place every February, we’d like to both call attention to and celebrate the important presence of Black Americans in the United States.
Now more than ever, public trust and perception of companies depend on their commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). Although huge progress has been made towards equality across boundaries of gender, race and sexual orientation, one aspect of D&I is neglected way too often. That is disability.
We sat down with leadership at KeepTruckin, a Chronically Capable partner, to find out what makes their workplace inclusive for chronically ill and disabled employees.
Period cramps are the leading cause of missed school and work in women under 30.
Internships are crucial for gaining the necessary skills and experience to embark on your professional journey. Not only are internships a key milestone during college, but they also represent a unique opportunity to gain experience when changing careers or reentering the workforce.