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My book “The Secret Life of Hidden Disabilities”

October 15, 2017

Thank you to the UFCW local 135 “The Worker” August 2017 news letter and Communications Director Lori Kern for interviewing me and my book. This last year I had to returned to the union as I do yearly for my pension papers. Lori and I met while I was in lobby with Chloe by my side.  We spoke about me helping a friend with her dog becoming a service dog.

Well a week later, I receive this awesome call that from Lori asking me if she could interview on me and about my book since I had been a retail food clerk and now a retiree. I was beyond elated, and happy, and said, “Yes!”

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The Secret Life of Hidden Disabilities

July 4, 2017

The Secret Life of Hidden Disabilities

March 5, 2017

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My book gives a voice to those of us who are living with hidden disabilities, and the discrimination we face whether with, or without the use of a service dog. It seems to have been an unspoken subject. Have you ever gotten out of your car because you parked in a handicap space and you don’t look disabled? Maybe even chased down while someone is yelling at you because they assume you are abusing the handicap space? Have you ever gone to ER to find an ER nurse is hunting you down because you don’t look disabled enough to have a service dog by your side? Some places ask for papers regarding the service dog, and my city doesn’t issue papers. Have you ever gone out to a restaurant only to be harassed by the people sitting near because you don’t look disabled enough to have a service dog. Maybe denied service because they don’t think you are disabled enough to have a service dog. Have patrons ever chased you down in a store because they would like know why you have the dog? Only to be told, “You are not disabled.” This book may open your eyes and hearts for those living with hidden disabilities. My hope is to educate those people around us; so that people living with hidden disabilities don’t have to endure discrimination and can live in peace among-st a sometimes tough world.

By Kimberly Harms Ryan

Woof!

Handicap Parking Spaces

June 14, 2016

How come so many people are violating tenant parking spaces and Handicap Parking spaces in HUD buildings?

 

Tonight I witnessed a car receive a parking ticket because the car was parked in a Handicap space illegally. I decided to sit, watch, and wait. I was intrigued to see what the person would do when they arrived to their ticketed car. Well, I see a lady with her family walking to her car she buckles up her kids, and away she goes….I literally followed her by chance because it just so happened she was traveling in my direction.

 

What is the fine for parking illegally in a Handicap space in San Diego California and what is the fine when you drive off and may loose a ticket you don’t see on your window?

 

Hidden Disabilities gets it again!

November 17, 2015

How disabled do I have to look to be disabled with the use of a service dog? What happened to me was horrific today. Leaving Costco in La Mesa, my service dog and I were heading to the car. Out of nowhere, I hear this man yelling at me from his car that dogs aren’t allowed in stores. I just ignored him and went on my way then he starts his car and keeps yelling at me and I ignore him again. I get to my car to unload my things and this man pulls his car up next to me and keeps yelling at me about dogs not being in a store. I started yelling, “Help and call 911 please this man is harassing me because I have a service dog!” Two nice men, employees working for Costco started coming over to me. They were stunned themselves. I grabbed my phone as it was in the car and signing in to take pic and call 911 then the man drove off.

 

This is what is called emotional harassed and a violation to my space. Now I am in pain and a bit headachy from the adrenaline that is flowing through my body. It confirms why I need to publish my book on hidden disabilities and discrimination.

Chloe’s World

September 26, 2014

Chloe had a great day full of love and smiles. She had a play date with her boyfriend. Then we took our friend Lynn to Walmart.
Chloe is a mascot to many places and today it was Walmart. Chloe saw her favorite Walmart employee Dave. He always makes Chloe feel so special and is full of kindness.

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Chloe saw some pumpkins and asked if she could have a picture with them, and her mom (me) said yes!

Hidden Disabilities

September 22, 2014

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Looking at the glass half full. I got my Pilates workout in and the cool thing about my machine is it has a trampoline I can change out from the Pilates bar. No stress on bladder. You Lie down and jump “It is really cool!” It is a really great workout and none evasive to the joints.

I chose the trampoline because I tried to take a walk today with Chloe, and she wouldn’t let me go. My l-5 and SI disc is starting to hurt and walking was painful. Chloe knew!

If we don’t use it we lose it. As a person living with multiple health conditions it is absolutely important to keep the body and spine as strong as I can. Working out releases endorphin’s, and endorphin’s feel good.

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WOOF!

Chloe’s World

September 20, 2014

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The antibiotics have kicked in and it feels great. Chloe and I helped a dear friend get to her doctor appointment and CVS. Chloe and I waited at the Vons next store. They have a clean patio area to wait and watch people come and go.

While waiting we met Courtney who works for Vons. Courtney was so kind she offered Chloe H2O while we were waiting for our friend to finish up at CVS. ChloeDSCF6323DSCF6322 also had lots to say today in her doggie language.

FYI: We did find out that Vons and Albertsons have been bought out and are merging. As they say more shall be revealed.

Hidden Disabilities

September 9, 2014

Chronic Fatigue Immune Disease (CFID). It causes me horrible bouts of debilitating exhaustion; it is insanity at its best. I have different cycles some cause my lungs to feel like a deflated leather football, my vocal cords strain to talk and I am unable to sit up hardly. Sometimes my body aches like the worst flue hit me or like someone took a baseball bat and beat up every muscle in my body. Then there are times where I don’t have any pain and my body is just worn out like a rag doll who sits in a corner.
My temperature can drop down to 97 degrees. My appetite usually stops and when it hits for days I crave my air popped popcorn (my comfort food). I have had people ask me how I stay in shape if I am house bound. I have a chronic fatigue plan that I stick with.
My comprehension can be effected making it difficult to read or obtain any information that is important. I keep things organized because I can forget if I put something in the wrong place.
What is a service dog suppose to do?
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Chloe’s World

August 21, 2014

I just got in from my 2nd epidural and BOY talk about a nerve getting hit! I nearly passed out. My head rushed and I felt like vomiting too! The doc did a good job at trying to change the subject. Then I had to have me lie down, I couldn’t walk for a while my legs went numb. I am home and have weird sensations throughout my body.

Chloe laid on a towel and went to get up a few times and went back to lie down. When the doc hit the nerve she knew. Then when I couldn’t get up the nurse commented on Chloe’s concern for me. I finally greeted her then had to sit for a while because I couldn’t walk.
Chloe is passed out I think it took just as much out of her as it did me!

On a great note before the epidurals made it to Vons and Chloe had to have a pic with her buddy “Jordan” the lovely meat counter young lady! We received flowers from a woman that we help. WOOF!

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