July 28, 2019

CN: Detailed descriptions of the experience of pain and other health issues, discussion of chronic pain, disability, chronic illness. 
 

My chronically ill friends and I joke about the medicine cabinet worth of supplies we take with us on any trip that’s longer than an hour because we never know what we’re going to need. Going to an appointment: Water, meds, lip balm, hip-brace, sweatshirt. For work: All of that plus lotion, white flower oil (think Vick’s vapor rub), sinus spray, anti-chafe balm, a second pain med in case my normal one isn’t enough, wrist braces, and elbow brace. Packing for a...

October 4, 2018

CN: chronic pain, medical neglect, fat-shaming, discussion of specific health issues and their symptoms 

Today’s guest post is written as a follow up post to Sunflower Punk’s piece, “Broken,” on her blog on The Orbit. The article covers her life-long struggle with chronic pain, living 6 years with an untreated broken ankle, doctors blaming her health problems on her weight, inaccessible housing, and juggling all of those while also raising a kid as a single mom. It’s worth a read as is her follow up post today.
 

I get these suspicious looks from people. As a fat person, I've had plenty o...

July 22, 2018

CN: chronic illness, discussion of food, digestion issues (non-graphic), weight, and dieting.
 

When I was a kid, my parents were always bartering with me to try to get me to eat protein and veggies. They’d promise me a bit of dessert if I could manage x number bites of my deli meat. I was a very picky eater and rarely finished my plate. My mother would make me meals with five or six different types of food, trying to gauge what I was willing to eat.
 

I wasn’t allowed to eat dairy. I was told I was allergic, but on the rare occasion that I was allowed to have it, I didn’t notice much of a react...

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