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Welcome to Facebook! Please Accept Our 137,000 Page Terms of Use Policy

May 2, 2018

If enough users agree to The Terms, maybe Lord Zuckerberg will finally put the doors back on the bathroom stalls and stop broadcasting our personal phone calls over the company PA system.

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The Caregiving Requirements of Being Bedridden

April 23, 2018

I eventually snap out of it and remember: Oh hey, there’s another person here, someone helping me and we’re supposed to be working together. But I don’t want to work together, not on things I’ve done alone my entire life …

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What are you Reading?

April 4, 2018

Unpaid labor is not a new idea. But the idea that anyone can write for a major media publication is relatively new. And that’s because some of these companies exploit non-professional writers by publishing their work without pay. One could venture to guess that this contributes to the true problem of “fake news.” These so-called “content mills” […]

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Friends with Lyme: Kaylie

March 25, 2018

I can’t remember the last time I saw Kaylie. We went to school together, so it was probably some time after we graduated from high school in 2007. Consequently, our class recently had its 10-year reunion. I couldn’t go because I have Lyme disease and ME/CFS, which makes it impossible for me to get around […]

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March 19, 2018

It seems we’re all on edge and looking for a fight.

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What Are You On?

February 27, 2018

I am always looking to compare treatments with fellow chronic illness sufferers. Unfortunately we have to be our own lab rats because so much is unknown about our illnesses. Below is a list of some of the medications I’ve tried over the years. I was thinking about adding supplements, but I’d need an entire blog […]

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Jamison or Jameson? My Name is not Like the Whiskey

February 12, 2018

The comparison usually starts off with something like, “Oh, Jameson—like the whiskey?”

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The S-Word

January 26, 2018

Warning: This post is about depression and suicide ideation.  I knew early on in my illness that it could last a long time — years, maybe decades. I hoped it wouldn’t, of course, but as I often do, I feared the worst. So, when faced with the daunting thought of being indefinitely sick, I made […]

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Insomnia and Other Forms of Drunkenness

January 7, 2018

… going a full day without sleep on top of having a chronic illness that already makes me feel drunk and exhausted is quite a struggle, or if we’re talking about the drunken/hungover equivalent, then, well, it’s quite the party. And by party I mean the BDSM kind with floggers, chains, and whips, which despite my jokes, I do not enjoy.

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Happiness is . . .

December 18, 2017

The entire time I’ve been sick I’ve wanted to be that person — the person who brings tears of joy to dry eyes, the person who makes people believe in happy endings and the body’s astonishing ability to heal itself. I wanted to be that person so bad, perhaps even more than I wanted to merely do things that healthy people do. And to a certain extent I have become that person, or rather, I was that person and now I’m having a bit of an identity crisis. What happens when you are known for battling illness, then stop recovering?

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