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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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What We‘ve got Here is a Failure to Communicate

November 23, 2017

Since many people are spending time with family members today (Thanksgiving — US), some of whom you may disagree, I thought it would be good to write a post about every detail of my current and past political views. Just joking. I’m sure you are tired of reading about all the clashes between liberals and […]

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How to do the October Slide

November 6, 2017

Do you know that song The Sound of Silence? I’m sure you do, maybe it’s even your favorite song. I’ll be honest, though, I’m not much of a Simon & Garfunkel fan. Somehow, however, the song has been stuck in my head lately, probably because the lyrics are so relevant to my current situation, albeit […]

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Humor: Things to Avoid Doing in The Doctor’s Waiting Room

November 1, 2017

Doctors don’t like ransom notes or their magazines destroyed. They will call the police.

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The Problem With Doing Nothing

October 25, 2017

I still, more than twenty years later, can’t get over how an aquarium full of people saw a woman being beaten by a large man, and nobody did anything. That is, except for those who appeared to feel threatened; those people just left — out of sight, out of mind.

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What Happens When a Canadian sees a US Doctor?

October 17, 2017

One of the most memorable events in Serena’s life after she entered adulthood began by sliding down a set of stairs on a mattress. Children do this for fun, sure, but Serena was 18 — an adult — and by no means was she having fun. She was trying to see a doctor.

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