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

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Celebrating 25 Years With Myself!

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!

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

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

How to Support Your Sick and Disabled Friends Beyond Prayers for Healing: An Open Letter to My Christian Friends.

 I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for almost a year and a half. I deal with widespread chronic pain, perpetual exhaustion, executive dysfunction, and a handful of other delightful symptoms. I have good days where I can function reasonably well and present as able-bodied and healthy, and I have bad days where I … Continue reading How to Support Your Sick and Disabled Friends Beyond Prayers for Healing: An Open Letter to My Christian Friends.