Author: Hilary Jastram

My “New Boss” :D

Getting through the day with a sense of humor is paramount to overcoming self-defeatist mindsets. Humor will: Force you to rise up out of any emotion that might be holding you down. Lead to better moments throughout your day by allowing you to live in positivity. Connect you with other people (especially, if you have a weird sense of what’s funny!) Bridge that positivity into feeling your own value. Into better accepting some of the tougher realities on an ongoing, longer-term basis. Allow you to appreciate the little things in your life! You are allowed to sink fully into...

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Announcing Sick Biz’s First Sponsor!

Sick Biz has our first corporate sponsor! The Good Men Project! We will be advertising on their site. They are sponsoring our podcast AND we are reprinting content. A huge shoutout to Lisa Hickey, The Good Men Project’s CEO for being amazing and so supportive of our special mission! Hilary Jastram, Founder of Sick Biz, will be co-chairing The Good Men Project’s social interest group for invisible diseases. This is an exciting opportunity to spread awareness and to help more people who need it! Want to join the call and the conversation? This is a collaborative effort to help those in our awesome community. Here’s...

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You Can Take Your Wheelchair to the Beach

Last week, I went to California and that entailed flying for the first time I had gotten sick with transverse myelitis. The flight down was horrendous, but the flight back was smooth as butter. We paid for an upgrade and when you are sick, it is worth every penny. Lack of comfort can halt all your plans and throw your body into an exacerbation! A day after arriving, my daughter and I went to the beach. For long distances, I need a wheelchair. So, we packed up the “Silver Bullet” and hightailed it to the ocean where I also...

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How my Dis-Ease Made Me a Better Mother, Friend, and Lover

In “7 Unexpected Gifts I Received from My Dis-ease,” I wrote about how my diagnosis and gradual loss of “normal” function has, in many ways, enriched my life. With continued reflection, I realize that I have, by letting this illness open me up to the wonders around me, also allowed it to enrich the lives of others. How my Dis-Ease Made Me a Better Mother, Friend, and Lover It Made Me a Better Mother We all know that dishes and dust bunnies and laundry, laundry, laundry will always reaccumulate. I wonder now, why I was so afraid to unclench...

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Seven Business Lessons From a Reluctant Entrepreneur

The physical deterioration from the disease in my body came the way change does, all at once, with no warning and with zero consideration for my aspirations. Long story short, sickness interfered with my career goals, or rather, it eviscerated them. From a steady, predictable gig in the corporate world, I was thrust into frantic scrambling to find any semblance of marketing work in mere months. I went from holding the position of web admin at a retail powerhouse to holding onto the walls to support myself when I walked. I eventually lost my job because I was not...

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