Kirsten Barraclough

Coping with Change

Coping with Change

Coping with Change The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Change is the only constant in life.”  There’s no doubt that everyone experiences changes throughout life.  Some changes are welcome and others are unwanted.  Some changes are gradual and others are sudden.  Some changes are expected and others are unexpected.  Some changes are small and others […]

Patience, Persistence, and Your Health

Patience, Persistence, and Your Health

Patience, Persistence, and Your Health Many things are available on demand these days, such as movies, TV shows, e-books, shopping, and information.  Googling is now a verb, with information only a search away.  The internet has become one big on-demand delivery system.  On-demand content is quite useful.  But sometimes we don’tfind a solution instantly.  One […]

Success in Employment: It Takes Work

Success in Employment: It Takes Work

Success in Employment: It Takes Work The process of finding employment can be discouraging for anyone, and when you have the added layer of a disability or health condition, it is even more difficult.  I hope the following information is helpful. The first thing to consider when trying to find a job is what type […]

Be Prepared for Adulthood

Be Prepared for Adulthood

Be Prepared for Adulthood How do you feel when you hear the phrase “transition to adulthood?”  Are you excited?  Are you scared?  Are you confused?  Are you overwhelmed?  You likely have moments where you experience all these emotions.  Everyone is nervous when they make life transitions, but when you have a disability or mental health […]

Get Support in Your Community

Get Support in Your Community Girl smiling while floating in a pool

Get Support in Your Community Family and friends can be an amazing support system.  But no family or group of friends has all the expertise that someone with a disability or mental health struggle might need.  There are times when we need support from community organizations. However, when we are really struggling, we feel alone […]

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Patient Rights and Responsibilities The Patient’s Bill of Rights was first adopted by the American Hospital Association in 1973.  Patient rights were developed with the expectation that hospitals and health care institutions would support these rights in the interest of delivering effective patient care.  A physician’s ultimate goal should be patient welfare and alleviating suffering.  […]

Gratitude for Little Victories

Gratitude for Little Victories

Gratitude for Little Victories In Roald Dahl’s children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, five Golden Tickets are hidden inside five chocolate bars.  In the craze to find these rare Golden Tickets (and thereby win an exclusive tour of the chocolate factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate), many people lost sight of the joy […]