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Chronic Pain: Invisible but Very Real

Chronic Pain: Invisible but Very Real

At first, Josie was grateful. She had walked away from the crash relatively unscathed, and the injuries she sustained healed over the next few weeks. Any car accident could be harrowing, but she was a young and otherwise healthy college student and had been able to bounce back without too many lasting consequences. Or at least, that’s the way it had seemed at the time. She would eventually learn that the collision had done more permanent damage than she had initially realized, though it would still be several years before her symptoms truly started to manifest. It began...
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A Day In The Life With Lyme Disease

A Day In The Life With Lyme Disease

Lyme disease has recently been brought into the public eye by celebrities such as Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, and Justin Bieber. It’s an often misdiagnosed illness due to the misconception that it’s easily detectable by a bullseye-shaped rash that only actually appears in roughly 50% of cases, and because the symptoms of the condition (over 50 of them) can occur within days, months, or even years of infection. What’s more is that few people understand just what happens to someone diagnosed with Lyme disease.  Lilly, one of our recent clients with Lyme disease, was...
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Celebrities Living with Disabilities: IBS

Celebrities Living with Disabilities: IBS

At Share Lawyers, we think it’s important for you to know you’re not alone. In fact, many celebrities have Long-Term Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses, such as IBS. Click here to read other posts in the series, on celebrities with Skin Cancer, Lyme Disease, Lupus and Diabetes. IBS Symptoms Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, mucus in the stool, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Symptoms can vary widely case by case and can include some or all of the symptoms possible for...
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Challenges of Living with Hearing Loss during COVID-19

Challenges of Living with Hearing Loss during COVID-19

Written by Samantha Share During these challenging times, it is clear that many individuals and families are suffering, and for that, I am saddened and proud that Share Lawyers can support some people in need (specifically those with disabilities). Today, I want to talk about a new challenge that has come up for the population of people who are hard of hearing or deaf, and I can speak to that because I have a hearing loss.  People who experience hearing loss are faced with a whole new level of challenges now that social distancing and mask-wearing safety precautions...
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Planning Ahead the Key to Living With Cystic Fibrosis

Planning Ahead the Key to Living With Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a recessive genetic disorder that affects organs like the lungs, pancreas, and liver – gradually deteriorating the body over time – and those living with the condition must take constant care of their bodies through medications, treatments, nutrition, and frequent hospital visits.   One of our more recent clients, Scott, now 32, was only an infant when a sweat test conducted by his doctor detected a higher level of salt in his sweat – an early indicator of Cystic Fibrosis. Growing up, Scott was one of the more fortunate...
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Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Applications for disability benefits with invisible illnesses are often held to higher levels of scrutiny. Addictions — alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc are considered invisible illnesses, and are often heavily scrutinized. Leonard, a 43-year-old web developer, learned this the hard way.  Leonard was walking home when he was involved in a car accident. Someone ran a red light and hit him as he was crossing the street. Thankfully, it was a small residential area, so the car wasn’t moving fast enough to cause any broken bone but Leonard suffered severe whiplash, a...