CN: Extensive discussion of the mental and financial impact of Covid19, mention of existing oppressive systems.
I tend to have a pretty hard time during a national or global crisis. My primary method of deprogramming my anxiety that has been my baseline for as long as I can remember has been teaching myself that the external causes of that perpetual state of fear are long gone and I’m safe now. When something happens that genuinely decreases my safety, it’s impossible to keep my anxiety from reverting to its normal habits, in an attempt to protect me. It’s very hard to tell myself that I’m s...
CN: extensive discussion of Covid 19 and the structural ways it is impacting society
Unusual times call for unusual measures: Twice in as many weeks, I’ve written a “reactionary” blog post, this time, in response to the Covid19 pandemic that’s severely impacting the entire world right now. Institutional activism is not my strength, but for reasons listed below, these issues require a uniquely high proportion of institutional and legislative support.
I have written a letter to send to my local government representatives that outlines what I believe should be top priority concerns for our gov...
CN: Explicit descriptions and in depth discussion of chronic pain, abuse, medical neglect, gaslighting, and oppression through poverty. Discussion of sexual assault, trauma, mental and illness. Mention of genitals.
CN: extensive discussion of bladder problems, urination, pelvic floor work and internal exams, dietary restrictions, food, descriptions of pain; mention of sex, various health problems, and PTSD.
I have always needed to pee more often than anyone I know. When I was a kid, in addition to being a frequent bed-wetter, I also wet my pants whenever I laughed too hard and unlike most kids, I never grew out of the habit. My embarrassing attempts to dry and coverup my wet pants followed me into high school.
Perhaps I’ve always had a weak bladder, but more importantly, I was taking my cues on how a...
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...
CN: brief mention of difficult life circumstances including abuse & trauma, general discussion of mental illness.
About a month ago, I was dinking around twitter when I saw the hashtag #DearMeTenYearsAgo. Woah. Where was I 10 years ago?
When I first saw this hashtag, I was about to turn 30, which is a big deal on its own, but 10 years before, the lead up to my 20th birthday had also been a big turning point in my life. Things were feeling good and stable for the first time, maybe ever, I had a great birthday party with my good friends, I had hopes for the future.
CN: General discussion of the experience of having a chronic illness, reference to ableism and mental illness
Have you ever dealt with a chronic illness and struggled to explain to your healthy friends why you just can’t go out with them anymore? Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t have the spoons for that,” and wondered what they were talking about?
Simply put, spoons are a unit of measurement for resources. When someone references how many spoons they have, they are referring to their level of energy. The concept of using spoons to talk about resources is used primarily by people w...
CN: In depth discussion of the experience of cancer and cancer treatments, chronic illness, sexuality, mention of cannabis use.
Those of us who have dealt with a chronic illness understand the value of using humor to face the difficulty and often indignity involved in our daily life. We also use humor to connect with others, particularly those who have gone through the same trials that we have. Liz Winship’s thoughts in today’s guest post are specific to cancer, but her advice rings true for anyone with a chronic illness or invisible disability and will definitely bring a smile to your face....
Today’s guest post is written by a close friend of mine who has asked to remain anonymous. If you know me personally, it’s likely you know who the writer is. She asks that her name not be associated with the article, not because she wants the information to be kept secret but because controlling her online presence is important to her personally and to her career. You’re welcome to contact her privately to discuss the contents of her story.
CN: discussion of genitals and sex, women being dismissed by doctors, dieting and weight, mentions of pain