In the news today:
The New York Times (9/18, A21, Pear) reports, "Congress gave final approval on Wednesday to a major civil rights bill, expanding protections for people with disabilities and overturning several recent Supreme Court decisions." The House of Representatives voice vote "clears the bill for President Bush," who indicated that he would sign it. The legislation "expands the definition of disability and makes it easier for workers to prove discrimination. It explicitly rejects the strict standards used by the Supreme Court to determine who is disabled." It also "declares that the court went wrong by 'eliminating protection for many individuals whom Congress intended to protect' under" the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Lawmakers claimed "that people with epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments had been improperly denied protection because their conditions could be controlled by medications or other measures." Therefore, "in deciding whether a person is disabled, the bill says, courts should not consider the effects of 'mitigating measures' like prescription drugs, hearing aids, and artificial limbs." Furthermore, "it says, 'an impairment that is episodic or in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active.'"
The AP (9/18, Abrams) adds, "The bill directs the courts toward a more generous application of the ADA's definition of disability, making it clear that Congress intended the ADA's coverage to be broad and to cover anyone facing discrimination because of a disability." Echoing that sentiment, CQ (9/18, Wayne, Demirjian) quotes House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) as saying, "Tens of millions of Americans will enjoy even fuller rights -- the rights we intended for them when we passed the first ADA. ... Over the last 18 years the court has chipped away at that promise. We said we wanted broad coverage for people with disabilities and for people regarded as disabled."
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
tapering OFF prednisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
Sept: Mild case of thrush in throat, prescribed antifungal mouthwash.