Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Rehab Matters for a piece I wrote about my personal experiences with occupational therapy and my suggestions to optimize the practice. This magazine is for members of VRA Canada, vocational rehabilitation professionals, so I am thrilled that my insight may influence their practices.
In this piece, I wrote about the potential of occupational therapy to empower patients, and writing this for the VRA audience also empowered me. I used to blog about my health in this blog to empower myself by educating my readers.
Occupational therapy has been a positive experience for me, but the intermittent, often invisible nature of my symptoms, and their variability based on activity, environment and my health status, has proven to be quite a barrier for me to get effective treatment and respect. The piece in this issue about invisible disability and employment illustrates how stigma and preconceived notions hurt affected people.