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Living with a Chronic Illness: Part One
10/22/2018 4:00:13 PM
I was officially diagnosed with endometriosis in April of 2014. I was 22 years old.
This diagnosis came after years of dealing with insanely painful menstrual cycles (which often landed me in the ER), an extremely poor immune system, an equally poor digestive system, and a number of other symptoms that I had simply learned to live with.
To say that endometriosis (more...)
Yes, I've Tried That
10/19/2018 9:09:39 AM
If you’re a mother, chances are you’ve been pregnant at some point in your life. Possibly more than once.
And if that is indeed the case, it means that you are painfully familiar with the irritability that often comes with the third trimester of pregnancy. Your body is irritated with you for your increasingly ridiculous ineptitude at controlling your urine output (more...)
Parenting with Anxiety Sucks
10/19/2018 9:08:08 AM
I suffer from anxiety.
Severe, crippling, life-changing level anxiety. Anxiety that handily turns small trivial things into hugely significant things. Pair this with panic attacks, add your nightly dose of insomnia, sprinkle in some body image issues, and there you have it: a snapshot of my daily struggle. I say daily because these issues, anxiety in particular, are things I face (more...)
Maybe I'm Too Tired to Crush the Patriarchy
10/19/2018 9:06:19 AM
I am an apologist. I constantly apologize for everything, even things that aren’t my fault.
It’s a habit I picked up (I’m told) as a preteen and haven’t seemed to be capable of shaking since. And although I married a remarkably patient and caring man, my husband has little to no tolerance of this particular habit. Ironically, he also suffers from (more...)
I Wish I Had Your Courage
10/19/2018 9:04:36 AM
Body image is something I have struggled with personally for most of my life.
I have memories of being in ballet class at the tender age of five slumping my shoulders and slouching so that I was no longer a head taller than all the other little petite ballerinas. Five years old. That’s when it started for me. And now, twenty (more...)
I Want My Son To Grow Up To Be A Feminist
10/19/2018 8:57:45 AM
I didn’t always call myself a feminist.
Despite having considered myself a feminist for many years now, I’ve only recently come out of the closet with the term because- well, I was worried about the reaction it would incur. Men shut down or become defensive and aggressive; other (conservative) women shy away from the word/subject as if it’s some kind of (more...)
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