Let’s Play BounceBack: 02/08/18 – Insulin’s the Issue

Insulin's the Issue Deck Cover Card. Diagram showing insulin resistance.

According to the American Diabetes Association, “In  2015, 30.3 million Americans, or 9.4% of the population, had diabetes. Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes.” Despite its prevalence, those who have it may struggle to adapt and don’t always feel understood. It’s more than a physical/medical condition; it’s a way of life. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 02/08/18 – Insulin’s the Issue”

Let’s Play BounceBack: 02/06/18 – Immigrants

Translucent image of a sad, young girl with a war scene in the background.

It’s not easy for new arrivals. Immigrants face tremendous challenges upon entry and while adapting to American culture/systems. We are a nation built by immigrants. Many in our society seem to have forgotten this. Giving up one’s home and trying to make a new home in a country far away and unfamiliar is a difficult process. Language barriers alone present tremendous challenges. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 02/06/18 – Immigrants”

Let’s Play BounceBack: 02/01/18 – Healthcare Professional

Collage of a variety of medical professionals and the tools of their trade.

You’ve often spent a great deal of time, energy and money to become a healthcare professional.  You’ve finally landed the position you had hoped for. But sometimes it isn’t as rewarding as you had dreamed.  Despite any disappointments you may have, you must perform to the established standards with diligence and grace. The healthcare field can easily burn out even the most energetic professional. Challenges are abundant and the stakes are high. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 02/01/18 – Healthcare Professional”

Let’s Play Bounceback: 01/30/2018 – Healthcare Dilemma

Young woman sits on a row of blocks that spell "I'am waiting."

Accessing appropriate healthcare in today’s world isn’t as simple or as easy as it used to be.  The days of the hometown family doctor are over. We have specialists who need referrals and insurance that dictates who you see and how often if you want coverage. We have higher co-pays and deductibles and physicians that are bound to large corporate health institutions who dictate policy and practice. It’s all very complicated. Continue reading “Let’s Play Bounceback: 01/30/2018 – Healthcare Dilemma”

Let’s Play BounceBack: 01/25/18 – First Responders/Public Safety

Home with a large tree uprooted and lying against the roof.

Responding to the challenge is the challenge. This is the daily task of our firefighters, E.M.T.’s and police officers. The stakes are usually as high as the adrenaline that surges through them on a regular basis. Despite the stressors to their bodies and minds, they are called upon to respond with a cool head, steady nerves, integrity, and compassion. My hat’s off to them. It’s not easy. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 01/25/18 – First Responders/Public Safety”

Why BounceBack?

Today we celebrate the availability of BounceBack online. These are my thoughts.

A Path to Resilience

I worked in the human/social services field for forty-four years. I tried everything on the menu from non-profits to educational and medical institutions, self-employment, and government service. I was searching for the system that wasn’t flawed and/or broken. There was always something blocking the path to consistently effective service. Lack of funding, lack of staffing. Inadequate training or inconsistent support from co-workers, supervisors and/or the community. And then there are the unexpected (and sometimes tragic) changes that are implemented by unknowing bureaucrats in terms of how much and what type of services they determine necessary. Try as I may I never found the system that wasn’t flawed. Many were in fact broken. Continue reading “Why BounceBack?”