Acceptance (Part 2)

In part one of this series, I concluded by inviting readers to sit with this question: Why is the impetus for acceptance so often placed entirely on the shoulders of those experiencing physical limitations, mental impairments, and chronic pain, instead of on the people around us whose genuine acceptance and understanding has the potential to … Continue reading Acceptance (Part 2)

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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)

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