What ‘Showing Up’ Looks Like for Someone With Chronic Illness

What fosters our livelihoods long-term are not the sparkling connections we make when our lives are perfect, but those we forge amidst adversity. Showing up for one another with authenticity and vulnerability – and persevering through the tough times – is what strengthens our human connections to each other. This reciprocal relationship is built on the reality that each of us will be in a hard place at many points in our lives, and showing up for each other is a part of that.

So what does “showing up” for someone with chronic illness actually look like? These are the ways my online ME/CFS community felt the greatest support, when asked to reflect on instances since their ME/CFS chapter began. These stories illustrate just how important it is, especially during our most difficult times, to have the support from the people around us. From the massive comforting powers of small gestures, to helping or reaching out in small ways—we feel acknowledged for what we’re going through, and it will make a significant difference in our day. Acts of “showing up” are seemingly tiny ripples that create big waves.

1. Simply listening – listening speaks volumes.

“Listening more than talking is the most supportive thing anyone has done for me. Regular phone calls just to chat are also great.” – Lindsey M.

2. Words of validation because they make us feel seen and heard.

“The other day, my partner was recounting a chat she had with someone. While talking about me, she said, ‘she’s the strongest woman I know.’ That was so validating, and soothing for me to hear.” – Gerianne C.

“Hearing – I believe you. It’s real. It is not in your mind.” – Jaya W.

“The most supportive words came from a colleague from a job I had to quit because of a crash. He told me he could not imagine how hard it is to fight health issues every day, especially when you’re trying not to let anyone notice them.” – Lenka G.

“My wife’s comments about how I’ve done enough (for her, and for the world) and I don’t need to worry about if I’m doing enough. She wishes for me to get better so that I can enjoy life. She is not concerned with measuring contributions. If I don’t get better, that’s OK too.” – Alok N.

“My former supervisor at work was very supportive despite my numerous, week-long absences. She adjusted my schedule as needed and worked with human resources on my behalf. Whenever I would relay to her the guilt I felt about not being able to perform 100 percent, she always reassured me, ‘We are just happy to have you whenever you can be here, and we just want you to feel better. You are good at your job and are appreciated.’ When I eventually had to quit, she wrote me a wonderful email that still makes me cry to this day.” – Kim B.

3. Showing compassion and empathy – which create emotional resonance – so we don’t feel as alone in our experience.

painting of two people hugging by the author

By Christina Baltais

“After watching the documentary Unrest, one of my housemates stood immediately after the credits and wrapped me in the tightest hug – he was shaking. That was better than any words. But he also repeated my name over and over again.” – Jamie S.

“Hearing – ‘I’m sorry you’re so sick,’ or ‘I’m sorry you have to go through this,’ always does the trick for me.” – Tamsin E.

“I think statements of true empathy are what sink in. Things said from the heart — like when my father says, ‘I wish there was something I could do to help you feel better, it pains me to see you so sick.” – Rebekah S.

4. Trying to understand our experience — whether by accommodating our needs or learning more about them.

“My husband has seen me struggle with trying to climb stairs… the pain, shortness of breath, sweating. Now he drops me off at the door while he parks the car when we go out. He insists on us taking the elevator. It really touches me that he’s finally understanding my struggles.” – Lee N.

“We attended a family wedding and I had to leave early. The bride and groom had my meal packaged and sent to the hotel room for me to eat later. To them, having me present for even a short amount of time was all they wanted. They were grateful I was there to witness their wedding, and understood why I had to leave early.” – Kimberly G.

“My best friend told me she’d been looking up the condition online so she could gain a greater understanding. That was really special for me.” – Angela C.

“When my friend said to me that he was able-bodied and couldn’t presume to speak on my illness when we were talking about Yosemite: a lifelong dream. That resonated through me and made me believe he really would keep my best interests in mind on the trip, as I was still pretty sick. Inherent in his words was the promise to ferry me from site to site, sitting through the crazy traffic around Yosemite, rather than going on a long hike as he clearly would have preferred. He went out of his way to show me an experience I otherwise wouldn’t have had access too. He kept his word.” – Jamie S.

two people sitting on a cliff at yosemite

5. Adapting to our chronic illness too, and not making it a big deal.

“My partner and I were talking about the film Unrest, and I was feeling very alone. ‘We’re doing this together,’ he said. I cried happy tears just hearing that.” – Sarah D.

“I was processing with a friend about needing to use a wheelchair. I was feeling self-conscious about it because I don’t look sick, and I’m only 32. He said, ‘I don’t care, I’ll push you around anywhere you want to go! Who cares what other people think.’ My friends that treat me like I’m still who I was, but have to do things a little differently are a lifeline. They have also offered to come sit in bed and watch movies, just to hang out with me.” – Betsy F.

“A lot of times it’s better when they don’t mention my illness at all, and just have a normal conversation with me about normal things. I’m more than just my illness, though it’s hard to remember sometimes. I was most touched recently when my family went out of their way to make things I could eat at Thanksgiving. No one made me feel bad or weird for laying on the couch the whole time. They were just happy I was there.” – DS G-J.

“After tearfully cancelling plans to catch up yet again with a good friend of mine, she said she would happily come and sit on my bed next to me. If I didn’t have the energy to talk, she’d read to me. She does this every couple of weeks now. It really gives me contact with the outside world, when illness leaves you often feeling so disconnected and shut away in a room.” – Michelle W.

“I recently told a friend I might be getting a mobility scooter. Her reaction? Genuinely and excitedly suggesting she should buy me stickers for it for Christmas. It means so much when friends react to stuff like that, in the way I would to something ‘normal’ like them getting their first cars!” – Sakara D.

6. Kind gestures, no matter how big or seemingly small.

“When I hear – Is there anything I can do to help?” – Dianne T.

“I had gone to the hairdresser earlier this week for a haircut for the first time in months (too sick to previously come in). This was also the first time I used my wheelchair at the salon. She noted my hair was much longer than usual, and that I was shaking badly. She so sweetly told me that she would be happy to come out and cut my hair at my house (I live a half hour from the salon). I just burst into tears.” – Nancy S.

“My cousin wrote me to tell me her door is always open, and I can give her a phone call anytime. Then my other cousin saw that message and wrote: ‘My house is three and a half hours away, but it is full of love and there is a place anytime you want.’ My aunt saw that and wrote: ‘Same for me.’ That meant the world to me to read.” – Myrlipi-R L.

7. Community support, because caring takes a village! This can also mean being an ally at our protests, and being a part of the social justice movement with us.

“The minister of my church asked me if I would like a prayer quilt. The quilts are made for people going through a tough time. I dragged myself along to the quilt’s blessing at church one Sunday. Everyone in the congregation went over to the quilt and tied a thread on it, saying a prayer for me. I was really touched.” – Jude A.

The benefits of “showing up” are many. They foster better relationships, happiness, connection and a deeper understanding of the human experience. It starts with noticing and feeling when another is struggling – and ends with responding in whichever one of the above mentioned ways comes most natural to you.

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Why I Brought 5 Children Affected by Rare Disease to a UFC Fight

With music pumping and lights flashing, round after round, some of the toughest mixed martial artists in the world battled to defend their titles.

Friday night, in the Park Theatre at the dazzling Monte Carlo Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, the energy was contagious and the fans were wild! It was a night any sports enthusiast would have enjoyed.

I was enjoying it — dancing to the music between fights, screaming at the top of my lungs in excitement, gasping when a round-house kick was perfectly executed, stomping my feet with the beat of the crowd.

People were just staring at me… And the kids that were with me.

collage of photos of kids at a UFC fight

What are you people looking at?! I screamed in my head, but I smiled my southern smile.

So what? I was in a group with five kids on a Friday night at a UFC fight. These kids were having the time of their lives!

You might know the stats on Sean O’Malley — that he’s covered in tattoos, has wild curly hair and his favorite move is the high-elbow guillotine.

Or how about the stats of the first female flyweight champion of the UFC, Nicco Montano? She has a MMA 4-2 record and 1-0 UFC record and out-landed strikes in the finale fight 158-107.

These fighters have some impressive stats. But, so do these fighters I brought with me.

man standing with Miracle Fighters kids

Jackson is only 18 months old. Did you know he was having over 100 seizures a day? Did you know he has to travel to his specialist located out of state for medical treatment?

No. Because you just thought he was a toddler at a fight.

Did you know the little girl jumping up and down, dancing with such excitement that you would have thought Justin and Selena were on stage, is Jackson’s sister? She had to spend nights alone with a sitter when her mom was in the hospital with Jackson. Did you know she could no longer get her nightly bedtime stories because mom and dad were doing everything they could to keep Jackson alive?

No. Because all you can see is this ball of energy in a pink shirt enjoying the fight.

Did you see the handsome young man sitting near me, with hair that he brushes to the right and sweeps over his eye? Did you know he has had over 25 surgeries on that eye? That his grandmother has to fly him all the way to New York to help him get medical treatment for Sturge-Weber syndrome?

No, you didn’t. Because you won’t read about the stats of these fighters on any fan site.

You can’t tell just by looking at them how incredibly tough these kids are. You can’t see the ongoing fights these amazing kids fight every single day.

kids at the UFC fight

You can’t see the fight these parents and grandparents battle each day to secure the best medical care for their children and to pay for that medical care. These kids may not wear their battle scars on the outside, but they are continuously fighting.

I am so proud I got to sit next to these kids at the Ultimate Fighter Finale Friday Night.

I am so proud of Miracle Flights for providing free commercial airfare to these kids – and others like them – so they can get the medical treatment they need.

I am so proud of UFC for acknowledging our Miracle Fighters and providing a night of fun and distraction for these families, who have been through so much.

Ultimate Fighter Finale Arena

So if you were at the fight Friday night, you saw some amazing fighters in the Octagon.

And you saw even more in the stands.

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5 Things to Keep in Mind About Your Chronically Ill Loved One During the Holidays

The holidays are a time of the year when stress is abundant. Everyone is bustling around trying to get shopping thrown in, holiday cookies baked and organizing get togethers with friends and family. The holidays can cause stress for the average person, and even more for the chronically ill. Before getting my diagnosis and starting treatment back in 2013 for my own condition, when I saw people in hospital or homeless for the holidays, I always thought there was somewhere for them to go, and other people helping them out. I saw it from my own point of view as a healthier person. I figured if they had a good holiday, maybe it could help them take their mind off their illness and brighten their day.

That is most definitely the case, making sure someone has a great holiday can take their mind off of their illness or disability, but now that I see it from the other side, it works much different than I thought. In my own journey, for three years, every holiday I was bedridden and having family over during this time of the year was something I feared. I am living back with my parents, and each year they have Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas at their house. Due to my noise and light sensitivity, anyone stopping by and even ringing the door bell was nothing less than torture. Hearing people walking around the house, shutting and opening doors was overstimulating and left my mind spinning. To make matters worse, when I would have to get up and have someone help me to the bathroom there was an audience of people and I felt like I was taking a walk of shame. I was at the lowest point of my life, and so sick I can barely remember any of this. The last thing that I wanted was people around. Eventually my parents relocated all of the gatherings to other family members’ homes, which was equally as hard since I would be here all day alone.

The whole time I was bedridden, I wished there was something online, some Lifetime Original Movie or some advocate for people with disabilities that let other people know it is a lot more complicated when you are sick during this time of the year. Something that could show it from our side. There are many things that come up with someone who is chronically ill or disabled during the holidays and below are a few that I think are worth mentioning.

1. The holidays are a timeline, a reminder of how long they have been sick. It can feel defeating when you are at the same place and time as the year before and not much has changed. For myself I used to set myself goals and when not many of them were completed by the next year, I would get a sense of defeat. In a sense, this was a good thing. It taught me to set more realistic and approachable goals that I could attain over the next year. It is still not an easy situation though. It is a reminder of all that has gone on throughout the span of a year, and sometimes this can be good and others, not.

2. Many people who are chronically ill are on disability or have no income at all. As easy as it is to say that friends and family do not expect gifts because they know your circumstances, it still feels good to make someone else happy. Giving is something feels rewarding, just like receiving a gift does. Seeing someone else light up from something given from the heart, no matter how big or small, is such a gift from life. When someone is too sick to even draw a card or make a gift at home, this can be hard on them.

3. The holidays can be a trigger for many reasons like the two listed above, but it can bring back memories as well. For myself, being back in my hometown was a tough one. I never thought I would be back here and I liked my life exactly where I was. Each holiday reminded me that I was away from my own home, and after the season was over, I was not getting on an airplane to go back to my normal life. I would still be here. It also reminded me that I was very fortunate to have a safe, quiet and clean place to heal.

snowy backyard

4. The holidays can also bring around family and friends that you do not see regularly. These are the people who care about you and have many questions. It is difficult for someone with a chronic illness or disability to talk about their condition when it is something they live and breathe every day. Recognizing their illness is one thing, but keeping personal and intense questions limited is respectable. It is great that people care, that they are concerned and want to help and understand your life, so it is important to take that into mind. It is also fine to say “I don’t want to talk about my disease today, maybe we can get together after the holidays and catch up.” People generally understand when you are upfront with them.

5. One of the hardest things is the disruption of routine. Many people are on strict regimens, diets and routines. Having a few days out of that routine can really throw them off. For myself, I take medications nine times a day. They have to be taken away from others, at certain times and my whole day revolves around it. It is not an option to take a day off. The routine part of my life can be exhausting, but rewarding since it is helping me to get my life back. As a young woman, I miss taking the day as it comes and letting go like most people can, but I cannot. My body cannot function on its own and therefore I have to mimic a normal day through a routine of rest, proper sleep and many medications and supplements. This is something most do not see or understand. It is not as easy as throwing back my pills and going along with the day. It is deeper than that. This is one of the things that is hard to explain to others who are not chronically ill, so it is important to let other people know when I am at my limit, unapologetically, so I can stay on track. This took a long time for me to learn, but now that I do, I realize people are more than understanding, and also not mind readers, so it is crucial that I speak up.

This year will be the first Christmas I am able to spend with family in three years. On Thanksgiving I was able to spend the whole day with them and even play a hardcore game of Play-Doh with my nieces. Rekindling those relationships with family is hard. My defense mechanism for a long time was to be quiet and grumpy because it kept people away. It was like a skunk that has stink and a bee that stings. I needed my space, and someone talking to me was hard. The words went so fast and I could not keep up. During that time I wanted others to understand, but I did not have the energy to explain it to them. Hopefully this is something you can share with your own family, or leave some suggestions in the comments below. I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season and remember, we are all in this together.

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What Media Coverage of the ‘Millennial Snowflake’ Study Got Wrong About Mental Health

Sometimes the news isn’t as straightforward as it’s made to seem. Juliette Virzi, The Mighty’s Associate Mental Health Editor, explains what to keep in mind if you see this topic or similar stories in your newsfeed. This is The Mighty Takeaway. 

Millennials are in the news again — and you guessed it, it’s because “the young people” have taken issue with consistently and unfairly being generalized as “snowflakes.” Shocking, I know. 

In a well-being study conducted by the British insurance company Aviva, it was found that being called “snowflakes” could negatively impact the mental health of young adults. “Our findings suggest that young adults are more likely to be experiencing mental health problems,” Dr. Doug Wright, the medical director of Aviva UK Health explained, “so using a phrase which criticizes this age group could add to this issue. Any term used disparagingly to a segment of the population is inherently negative.

“Snowflake,” the label infamously adopted by popular right-wing commentators like Tomi Lahren, is a slur implying (liberal) millennials are more easily offended, more emotionally vulnerable and less resilient than older generations. The term likely originated from Chuck Palahniuk’s novel “Fight Club” that inspired the film of the same name, with a line in the book saying, “You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.”

Unsurprisingly, coverage of this study has been sensationalized by conservative media news organizations. “Doesn’t this prove that they are snowflakes?” “Fox and Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt said on Friday in a segment discussing the study. TheBlaze’s Lawrence Jones also chimed in, saying he wasn’t surprised millennials were claiming the term negatively affected their mental health. “We’re going to create a generation of wussies, I’m sorry,” he said. 

lawrence jones fox and friends

via “Fox and Friends”

Tomi Lahren tweeted the Breitbart News coverage, with the status, “It’s melting season.” The story affixed the all caps headline, “Young People Say Calling Them a ‘Snowflake’ Damages Their Mental Health” with a photo of a red-faced woman crying hysterically, hand contorted in pain, appearing to sob in the general direction of the sky (pictured below).

Though unsurprising, this kind of response is still disappointing to see, and is more damaging to millennials in the mental health community than we might realize. But before you resort to calling me the snowflakiest ice princess of them all, hear me out.

The main issue isn’t the circular argument of, “You are offended we called you a snowflake, therefore you are a snowflake” — though that is certainly a frustrating outcome of media coverage like this. The real issue here is the fact that these commentators believe citing “mental health” is automatic grounds for assigning someone “snowflake” status. Because if you dare to talk about mental health, you must be too “emotional” and “sensitive” to deal with the realities of life.

This kind of thinking is not only flawed, it’s also damaging. Living with mental health struggles isn’t a political thing just “liberal millennials” experience. The reality is people who have mental health difficulties come from all over the political spectrum — and all need the space and opportunity to communicate what they are going through.

Because contrary to popular belief, when millennials say they are struggling with their mental health, they don’t mean their favorite cafe ran out of avocado toast. Having an emotional response to demeaning and attacking language isn’t being a “snowflake,” it’s being human.

Equating the mental health struggles of millennials with being a “snowflake” or “wuss” is unfair and can keep people from getting the help they need. When we see headlines that bear the phrase “mental health” in conjunction with lead photos clearly exaggerating and mocking emotional responses, it’s not funny — it’s stigmatizing.

It’s unrealistic — and dangerous — to expect people to be “fine” all the time. When we call specific groups derogatory names and slurs for having emotional responses or experiencing mental health struggles, we are both dismissing their experiences and discouraging them to ever open up about how they are really doing. It’s this kind of stigma that could lead people to suicide instead of reaching out for help.

We need to create a culture where it’s OK to talk about mental health, without fear of being called out for “being a snowflake.” We need to stop playing the comparison game, asserting that “those young people” don’t know what “hard” really means. Sure, my “hard” may be different than yours, but it doesn’t make it any less valid or real.

Let’s stop shaming millennials for speaking up about their mental health needs and start supporting them instead.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text “START” to 741-741.

Lead image via Tomi Lahren and Lawrence Thomas Facebook pages

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As a Mom I Can Do Hard Things, But I Don’t Always Want To

Lately, it seems like I have been challenged to do a lot of hard things. Some by choice and others out of necessity.

Like getting my son, who has bilateral cochlear implants, through his first season of tackle football the week after my husband left on a military deployment. For this mama: hard.

I’ve competed in triathlons and marathons, given birth naturally (twice), beat cancer and been a military wife for over 20 years, yet sometimes, I just don’t feel strong enough to do the hard things. Though, I feel like the perception is that I can and I should.

I’ve never lost sight of the fact that my husband is doing hard things, too. He is serving in harm’s way, and that is so hard. He is also missing out on everything at home. And that is so, so hard.

Holding down the fort in his absence, parenting alone…also hard. It. Is. All. Hard.

Learning that my daughter will need a second cochlear implant surgery: hard.

And so it goes; on and on.

Life dishes out hard things. Always has, always will.

Today, I chose to say no to something hard. Perhaps it makes me less gritty. For me, that fact is also hard (see, the irony)? I am exhausted, and the cumulative years of hard things have nearly broken me.

And just when I feel like I cannot anymore, scrolling through photos, I come across a gem. It’s me and my boy on a recent vacation, right after we got out of the water from snorkeling. His hand placed on my shoulder as if to say, “Mom, I am proud of you for doing a hard thing.” You see, I am petrified of fish. Despite being able to swim in open water in triathlons (I know, it makes no sense) strapping on a mask and swimming with them has always scared me. Not a little bit, but a lot. But my son was so excited, and I was in awe of him wanting so badly to do the thing that was hard for me.

Mother and sun at snorkeling trip

So, I inched my way into the fish-filled sea. And the next thing I knew, we were swimming, side by side, above a coral reef, playing peek-a-boo with a sea turtle. My son swam lovingly close to me, giving me an occasional thumbs-up, at times even reaching out to momentarily grab my hand, as if to say, “I know it’s hard, but I’ve got you!”

And I know, crystal clear after this: I can do all the hard things. I just may choose to not always do all the hard things all the time.

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When People Ask, ‘Is She Your First Child?’

“Is she your first?”

“Is she your only child?”

When you have a baby, these are the types of questions you hear often. But how do you answer them when your first child has passed away? Is this a stranger looking for a quick answer in passing, or someone who truly wants to know? No matter how you answer, you might feel guilty. Answer truthfully and you could burden the stranger with your sorrow and make them feel bad for asking; answer untruthfully and you might feel dishonest and as if you were letting your first child down.

These are the sorts of situations you might find yourself in when you have a second child after the loss of your first. And it might never get easier, but it changes. You learn how to answer strangers’ questions, or at least to have mercy on yourself and your possibly ever-changing answers. No matter how you answer, your heart will probably hurt knowing that while you have more than one child, they will never be on this Earth together.

Both of my children had/have significant medical needs. I adopted my daughter six months after my son passed away, when he was 6 years old. In the beginning, my daughter had a lot of new patient appointments and tests at our Children’s Hospital. For the first six months, it felt like every time we went to the hospital someone asked about my son. You see, my son passed away out of state in another hospital during a medical trial. While his main doctors at our Children’s Hospital knew, no one else did.

Mother and son smiling at camera

How do you break the news to someone who cared for your child and comes up to you excitedly asking, “How is your son doing?” I’ve had a few dozen tries, and I’m still figuring that one out! Those first visits were like Groundhog’s Day, the same scenario and questions over and over again.

My daughter has now been home almost a year, and the questions from those who knew my son have slowed. But as we get further away from my son’s passing, part of me longs for those questions. When you have lost a child, you sometimes worry that people will forget them. You have to figure out how to keep their memory alive, while also encouraging your younger children to have their own identities and live their lives. Over time, you learn to balance the joy and sadness.

“Is she your only child?”

“Is she your first?”

No, I am mama to two wonderful, funny, brave and compassionate children! My children never met, and are not biologically related, but I see my son in my daughter’s spirit. I know he would be proud of both of us, no matter how many times I may get the answers wrong.

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The Mighty’s Gift Guide for People With Disabilities

Life with a disability can mean doing things a bit differently and finding creative solutions to everyday challenges. Often, the best gift for a person with a disability is a useful one — something to make dressing, bathing, cooking or operating the electronics in their home easier.

Gifts that help relieve stress or chronic pain are also great options, especially considering the ableism, discrimination and poverty many people with disabilities face. Sometimes the best tools and devices may cost a bit more, but we have gift recommendations for every budget.

If you are looking for a great gift for a person with a disability, we’ve got you covered with this shopping guide.

1. Gifts to Make Life More Accessible

The Ring smart doorbell lets you see who's at the door via your smart phone, even if you're sick in bed due to a chronic illness.
Want to make everyday tasks easier for your loved one with a disability? These gifts can help.

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2. Gifts That Support the Disability Community

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These businesses are owned by people with disabilities, and let you support the disability community just by shopping.

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3. Sensory-Friendly Gifts

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Find a great present for someone with autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD and other disabilities with a sensory component.

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4. Gifts for People With Chronic Pain

energyflux ellipse rechargeable hand warmer and portable electric blanketThese presents may help relieve the symptoms of chronic pain or simply make life more manageable.

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5. Gifts for Self-Care and Mental Wellness

essential oils

Relaxation and self-care are important for people with all kinds of disabilities. These gifts could be perfect for that hard-to-shop-for loved one.

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6. Low-Cost Gifts

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If you’re on a tight budget, these gifts can bring a smile to the face of a person with a disability without breaking the bank.

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7. Gifts for Kids With Disabilities and Their Parents

Finding the right present for a child with a disability — or their parent — can be a challenge. Let these lists point you in the right direction.

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