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)
This year has been intensely challenging so far. I always believed the grief over becoming chronically ill/disabled would slowly lessen over time, that I would learn to live with it, and learn to find new sources of joy, connection, and purpose within my physical and mental limitations. These things may still happen eventually, I am … Continue reading Some Honesty and a Poem
This March, I celebrated Women’s History Month by learning a bit more about women in history whose stories I wasn’t exposed to very much in school. Growing up, I felt like I couldn't find enough stories in history about women that I could identify with, but in my late teens I realized that as hard … Continue reading Women’s History Month Mini-Guide
Last week I celebrated my 25th birthday. I had a lovely day with a few of my favorite people, but, despite my best efforts to cling to those good feelings, I fell into a bit of an emotional slump the rest of the week. Since becoming disabled milestones like graduations and big birthdays have usually … Continue reading Celebrating 25 Years With Myself!
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
“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
For many of us, winter brings a desire to slow down, reflect, and heal in the comfort of warm, peaceful settings protected from the elements and the hustle and bustle of the holidays. But winter also brings low moods in response to decreased daylight, the stress some of us feel around holidays and family, and … Continue reading Winter Weary