Oh, so you don't work! That must be like a Vacation Every Day! I saw you do a thing! You must be Fine! I saw you left the house! You must be cured! I saw you were on social media! You must be feeling Better! Yeah No. Let's look behind closed doors with some #SickSelfie … Continue reading Hey, healthy people, illness is no vacation
There is a lot of reasons why we develop beliefs about our pain. And how we should and shouldn't behave with it. How we should and shouldn't talk about it. How we should and shouldn't talk about it. And when you experience pain young sometimes that happens without much introspection and then you just run … Continue reading Why do I undermine my pain?
You may have heard people talk about Ableism. I often talk about stigma and discrimination but haven't used the term itself but it is the term. Like sexism, ageism and racism, ableism is a form of discrimination against disabled people by those who are not. Definition type of discrimination in which able-bodied individuals are viewed as normal … Continue reading What is Ableism?
So I encountered someone random on social media with an illness that said we should not discuss ableism because people do not get our illnesses and... it doesn't matter. I don't know his life but maybe he has not experienced pervasive stigma like some of us have such that we know the need to spread … Continue reading Chronic illness: Shh no one needs to know you’re chronically ill
Here is the good thing about an Invisible illness: you can hide it Here is the bad thing about an Invisible Illness: you can hide it When it is good-ish to hide an invisible illness So I walk with a cane most of the time now... so people can see, hey, that person is … Continue reading Invisible illness: Hiding in plain sight
A person can get used to a lot. A person can tolerate a lot. And when you become passive and used to a certain treatment, well, it can be used against you. Maybe you blame yourself. Maybe you're trying to push through the pain for a job to keep that job so you put up … Continue reading Chronic illness: Be careful what you tolerate they will use it against you