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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

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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.

Chloe’s World

September 16, 2014

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What can I say about the job of a service dog, my Chloe! She has been patient staying in doors with me and keeps loving me up. Yesterday I started crying after weeks of being sick. Chloe came to me and kissed my tears from my face. Then she went and got a toy from her basket to share with me. We are being patient and continue to believe in everything there is a gift. Woof!

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 15, 2014

This is amazing how do dogs know Chronic Fatigue Immune Disease? My Hayliegh sensed it and would keep me from going anywhere. When driving she would get in the front seat and look at me then look forward as if to make sure I am paying attention.

Chloe is year and a half is staying right by me either in my lap or touching me. I am finding it hard to breath, talk or walk. It is as if the whole central nervous system is shutting down. Lungs feel like an old leather football.

The only way through this health condition. What I mean by this is if I fight it by beating myself up for not being able to do life the longer it sticks around. Emotional energy can take up a lot of space and time. If I allow myself to go through with ACCEPTANCE it seems it will let up sooner.

I stick to my self-care list:
• Thank God for movies and I can tune out for a while or a few days.
• Eat really healthy, like veggies, air popped popcorn, Lots of water or sun tea.
• Light a candles.

I have made my little place a heaven on earth, so days like this I can relax.

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Chloe’s World

August 10, 2014

Okay so I have been working hard on my project on my laptop which is on my lap. Chloe puppy dog wanting attention in-between my mission. She doesn’t know she is on this mission too. Here she is trying to present a toy over the top of my laptop. WOOF!

Chloe is trying to make me take breaks.!

Chloe is trying to make me take breaks.!


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