Instead of publishing a blogpost in July, I wrote a reflection on faith and disability for The Salve, which I can finally share with you all! Thanks to the folks at The Salve for this opportunity and to my supporters on Patreon for patiently waiting for their promised July content! In Disability, I am Finding … Continue reading Disability and Faith Reflection for The Salve
I didn’t feel like writing a blog post this month. My mind has been very full of questions about my future, my desires, and my needs that I haven’t been ready to share with publicly yet, but I didn’t know what else to write about. To be honest, I still haven’t learned how to do … Continue reading Not Daring Enough to Dream
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)
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)
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
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.