Join hosts Brooke and Elena as they discuss updates on various personal and community issues that can face us all at one point or another. As fall approaches, the women give updates on their summers and their plans for the coming months, including some updates from a previous episode on the various issues they are personally dealing with with surrounding their different insurance providers.

As women who are involved in the disability and caregiving community, advocating for yourself and your partner can be a full time job for most of us. Whether you’re advocating for your own or your partners rights, or dealing with insurance or benefits, the stress this brings on us can force our “cup” to overflow on a daily basis. This can take us on a wild emotional rollercoaster if we aren’t careful. Constantly having to prove “why” your partner needs what he needs, or go through months or even years of appealing decisions made that are unfair and unjust can take a toll on us all. We know from personal experience how hard it is for us and our partners to be denied essential things – things like equipment, supplies and care that can dramatically improve a life that can be such a struggle. Not to mention those things that are considered life essentials for a Quad or Para…

We want all the women out there who are navigating this to know they are NOT ALONE in this – and that if we bring these issues to the forefront of our community, discuss them and bring them to light, expose the things that have been kept hidden, REAL change will come. Insurance companies are just that – companies – with a bottom line, a budget and a goal for profit.. even government organizations function this way. If you learn how to properly and efficiently navigate your policies, it can mean a difference between struggle and peace.

This episode is brought to you by the WAGS of SCI Legal Resource, Wishart Brain and Spine Law – advocating for those with SCI and Brain Injuries. Visit http://www.brainandspinelaw.com to learn more about Robyn Wishart and her team, and what they can do to assist you. Don’t forget to mention the WAGS of SCI!

This episode is also brought to you in part by Alexa Ritchie, partner to a Quadriplegic and fitness trainer. Alexa knows what It means to be a full time carer, and has made it her goal to help WAGS like us balance their own needs for self care with their partners needs. Connect with Alexa about her fitness groups and programs via her Facebook page: Alexa Lynn, message her directly here or find her on Instagram at @thegoodlifewithlex