Adjusting to Social-Distancing & Other Lessons from Chronic Illness

CN: Extensive discussion of the experience of chronic illness, the emotional experience of living during the pandemic, brief discussion of ableism, grief, and financial hardships. The era of Covid-19 has been a strange time for folks with chronic illness. For anyone with pre-existing conditions that make catching the virus more dangerous, it has been a scary time with the already high stakes that surround our health getting even higher. But recently, everyone else’s world has …Read More

Redefining Disability: An Identity of Adaptation and Creativity

CN: extensive discussion of ableist cultural narratives Before 2014, I knew very little about the concept of disability or disability activism. Believing myself to be able-bodied, I had been protected from the whole world of problems disabled people face as a result of a society that isn’t built for them. My journey to identifying as a disabled person was anything but clear cut. Before the injury that flipped my life upside-down, I thought that my …Read More

Interview for Secular Sexuality

CN: brief discussion of sexuality, sexism influenced medical neglect, reproductive disorders, and disability. Remember my interview about sex and disability last month on the podcast Into Your Body? Story time: Before that podcast was recorded, Vi La Bianca, a previous guest blogger for Yopp, invited me to come onto her youtube show Secular Sexuality to discuss sex and disability. To be honest, I felt nervous about interviewing about a topic I don’t particularly specialize in– …Read More

Podcast Interview on Sex & Disability

A few weeks ago I got together with my friend DJ and we had a conversation about disability and sex for his podcast Into Your Body. Dj’s podcast explores some progressive takes on sexuality and your relationship with your body, particularly exploring how these topics intersect with particular marginalizations. This was my very first podcast and my first recorded interview and I had a really good time talking about some of the deeper nuances of …Read More

I Don’t Have Interstitial Cystitis

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 …Read More

Why Chronic Illness Makes it So Hard to Leave Home

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 …Read More

A Day in the Life of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

CN: chronic pain, detailed descriptions of health issues and treatments, emetophobia, mental illness, food and eating issues. A day living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome starts with how I slept the night before. Usually, I’m lucky enough to have pain in places that don’t interfere much with my sleep but recently my 5-year old shoulder injury has been bothering me at night. Sleeping on the injured shoulder hurts. If I sleep on the opposite shoulder, I can …Read More

Guest Post on ‘Splain You a Thing: Why It’s Hard to Reveal My Disability to Strangers

To make sure you all continue to have something to read during my writing hiatus, I’m happy to present to you a guest post I wrote for the social justice blog, ‘Splain You A Thing. After you finish reading my article about the struggles of communicating about my disability with strangers and my grief over losing the ability to dance, I highly recommend you check out the work of Ania Bula and Sunflower Punk on …Read More

Yopp’s 6 Most Shared Articles

Happy First Birthday Yopp! Exactly one year ago, I launched my beloved social justice blog, Yopp! Twenty-eight posts later, I’m consistently posting twice a month (well okay except for last month), I’m spending hours every day writing and researching, I’ve improved my social media game, and I can’t wait to expand this blog even more. I’m particularly excited about the plans I have for Yopp Academy and the range of basic information I intend to …Read More

What Ableism Feels Like

CN: institutional, social, and internalized ableism This was not the blog post I had planned to write this week. Earlier this week, as I was crossing the parking lot toward a grocery store, I noticed a man sitting on a motorcycle. It caught my attention because he was parked near the disability parking spots. I looked again and realized he was parking over one of the striped spaces between the disability spots. Only recently, I …Read More