(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
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
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
“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
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
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.