Why I Stopped Taking Gabapentin

I am updating and republishing some of my early articles from this blog. Please enjoy this article, originally published under the title “Color” in March of 2017, about the early days of my chronic pain journey.  CN: extensive discussion of the experience of anxiety, chronic pain, medication side effects, and medical neglect. Duloxetine was the first pain medication my doctor ever prescribed me, an anti-depressant that can sometimes help with pain.  A year after I …Read More

9 Things That Blocked My Access to Medical Treatment

CN: detailed discussion of chronic pain, PTSD, doctor neglect, and ableism; mention of emesis. I am updating and republishing some of my early articles from this blog. Please enjoy this article that was originally published as “26” in March, 2017, and has been cross-posted on medium, about the early attempts to diagnose the cause of my chronic pain and other symptoms.  When you meet a new doctor, you’re allowed just a few sentences to communicate everything about …Read More

So, You Want to Write an Article for Yopp

After a long hiatus from accepting external submissions, as of February 25th, 2022, Yopp Submissions are now open again! To make it easier for people to share and learn about our submission processes, we decided to publish our submission guidelines page as an article.  At Yopp, we seek to help any group of people whose lives suffer from social, financial, & legal factors outside their own control and to educate others on how they can …Read More

Wait, Your Body Doesn’t Do This, Too?

I am updating and republishing some of my early articles from this blog. Please enjoy this article that was originally published as “The Blue Book” in May 2017 and was cross-published on the Medium publication No End In Sight in November of 2019, about the early stages of my experience with chronic illness and chronic pain.  CN: chronic pain, ableism, images of mild body contortions I sat down at the bus stop. There were still a …Read More

“Needing Extra Care Doesn’t Make You a Burden” Got a Glow-up!

Back when we first started designing and releasing our own original designs for merch, in August 2020,  our very first design was the simple drawing of an orchid with the words “Needing Extra Care Doesn’t Make You a Burden.” After doing a few more designs, we learned a lot more about how to do digital art, what our style was, and how to make art that prints well. After a while, our first piece seemed …Read More

Young Hot & Full of Moderate to Severe Joint Pain: New Merch!

Some of you may be familiar with the game Cards Against Humanity. While it has its problems, this amazing card combo made the rounds in the chronic illness communities on social media. Every time I saw it, I felt like it described my life so perfectly, like it was way more than just a meme. So it went on my list of ideas to turn into merch and now that idea is a reality! You …Read More

Yopp Updates & New Merch!

Today I’m happy to release to you a brand new original merch design with several color variations! Regardless of whether you rely on one of these pups to keep you safe and healthy, every day of your life, or if you’ve only ever watched them from afar, wishing desperately that you could pet them but knowing they are busy working so you shouldn’t; everyone knows that service doggos are the best doggos. Having this phrase …Read More

Interview with Alice Wong: Engaging with Stories of Disabled People

CN: general discussion of disability, and ableism; brief discussion of racism, chronic illness, the pandemic, and eugenics. Today’s article is a first for Yopp: We have our very first interview! The wonderful Denny Upkins had the opportunity to connect with Alice Wong, an amazing disability activist who I’ve admired from afar for several years, and we are lucky enough to get to read the results of that connection. If you’ve been looking for some disability …Read More

Yes, Thank you I Have Heard of Yoga

Today I have TWO new merch designs for you that are now available for purchase on our Redbubble store! Both of these designs are 100% original and I created them myself! “Yes, Thank you I have tried yoga please suggest literally anything else” accompanied by a rainbow shooting star reminiscent of “the more you know!” is for anyone with a chronic condition or illness who is just really done with having yoga suggested as a …Read More