Acceptance (Part 1)

My life is never going to be “normal.” I’ve known this for a while. Writing that statement isn’t hard, but accepting everything implicated in it is a lot more complicated. I never really wanted a “normal” life (whatever that even means). I grew up in an alternative, intentional, heart-following family, and always imagined myself following … Continue reading Acceptance (Part 1)

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What Chronic Illness has Taught Me About Showing Up

(Some Thoughts on Supporting Loved Ones Through Hard Things) When I was diagnosed with chronic illness at 22, I soon realized that most people had no idea what to do with the fact that I was sick. People wanted to help, people wanted to show up for me, people cared, but most of them didn’t … Continue reading What Chronic Illness has Taught Me About Showing Up

Social Media, Chronic Illness, and Isolation

A few months ago I decided to delete Facebook off of my phone. In the days leading up to this decision, both my then-therapist and one of my parents had asked about the frequency of my social media usage and its effect on my emotions and mental energy. I have also been aware for a … Continue reading Social Media, Chronic Illness, and Isolation

Treatment Burnout

“A couple years ago I was diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses, so, for now, trying different treatments is kind of my full-time job.” This has been my standard answer to the inevitable get-to-know-you “what do you do?” question at social gatherings since I graduated university. I’ve recently amended it to try to avoid deeply personal … Continue reading Treatment Burnout

Body Talk

Content Warning: discussion of drastic weight loss, disordered eating, and body dysphoria. Last week was eating disorder awareness week and several strong and courageous people I love shared bits of their eating disorder and recovery stories on their social media accounts. This prompted me to reflect my own journey with my body and health. To … Continue reading Body Talk

Breaking Free From the Productivity Myth

“I am sooo tired today.” I say to my friend at lunch. “I really needed eight hours of sleep last night and I only got six because I was up late doing the reading for class.” “I only got four, I’m like, dead. I had so much homework to do! I’m taking 18 units this … Continue reading Breaking Free From the Productivity Myth