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Aug 3

August 3, 2017

The Text of Shame

The Text of Shame

It’s your best friend’s birthday. You bought tickets to the show she’s been wanting to see for the last year and promised you would go no matter how sick you got in the hours leading up to your departure. Leaning into those words, your dear friend has skipped both the 24-hour and 4-hour check-in texts. She’s oblivious to the raging... Read more

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Jan 12

January 12, 2017

Fake It, Because You Have It Make It.

Fake It, Because You Have It Make It.

I’m chronically ill. I have, among other things, an extremely rare form of MS, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and many forms of chronic migraine and headache. It makes day to day living a challenge, but a challenge I graciously accept. Certainly, don’t want to be dead. I still manage to work part-time. I don’t have any other choice since it’s the only... Read more

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Aug 1

August 1, 2016

How to let go of doing it all by yourself

How to Let Go of Doing It All by Yourself

My disability hearing is Monday morning. It feels more like a sentence imposed upon me than anything else. I picture the judge as a monster from a Stephen King novel, his gavel an instrument of punishment posed to administer my lashings. And what was my crime, you ask? I’m not sure, really. Maybe it was asking for help, wasting the... Read more

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