This is What it’s Like for a Canadian to see a Doctor in the US

This is What it’s Like for a Canadian to see a Doctor in the US

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.

Marching: From a Still Perspective 

Marching: From a Still Perspective 

Briefly, I want to do a round-up on the January 21st protests. I will, for the most part, keep my commentary to a minimum. However, I do want to say how proud I was to see such an enormous amount, and diverse group of people coming together, not just for the greater good of our [...]

Researching Chronic Illness is Good for the Environment

Researching Chronic Illness is Good for the Environment

*A version of this article first appeared in December 2016 in The Oregonian.  Six years ago, before developing chronic illnesses, I considered myself a steward of the environment. Each morning I got out of bed and dumped a large bucket of shower water into the toilet to trigger its flushing mechanism. If it had recently [...]

Smashing Pumpkins And Other S#%t

Smashing Pumpkins And Other S#%t

I love to break things. Yeah, I know, who doesn't? But I get such a satisfying feeling when I break something. Maybe not a bone, or a really expensive gadget, but breaking something cheap and discardable is satisfying. VERY satisfying!  In 2011, after I was sick for a year, but had yet to learn much [...]