… that ticks can read?Continue reading “Do People Who Say “There’s No Lyme in This State” Think…”
How many times have you been asked whether you have tried celery juice? What about kale/coconut oil/turmeric/yoga/colonics/algae/walking barefoot?Continue reading “Things Not to Say to People With Invisible Illnesses, Part Three”
“Can’t you just have a little bite of [thing I can’t have a little bite of]?”
“Gluten-free is the trendy thing nowadays, I guess.”
“Will just one piece kill you?” (I don’t know — do you want to come to the emergency room with me after I eat it?)Continue reading “Things Not to Say to People With Invisible Illnesses, Part Two”
When I was young, I hated Valentine’s Day. I was never a hearts-and-flowers person. I was a Depressed-Cynical-Black-Leather-Jacket person. Then I had a boyfriend who hated Valentine’s Day even more than I did, and suddenly I wanted the cheesiest cards and the tackiest flowers. It’s weird how that works.
The infamous ”but you don’t look sick” is usually at the top of the list of things not to say to people with invisible chronic illnesses.Continue reading “Things Not to Say To People With Invisible Illnesses, Part One”
In October 2020, my housemate and I discovered we had stachybotrys (toxic black mold) and other evil molds in our apartment. We realized we had to move—we knew the Extremely Cheap and Annoying Landlord would not do a good job remediating, and I already had Lyme disease and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS).Continue reading “The Mold Wretchedness, Part One”
Hello Spoonies and Non-Spoonies,
Long time no see! I haven’t been posting because I was attacked by toxic mold and had to move to a new apartment, but now I’m back. I will have tons of posts about mold, but I wanted to start with some coronavirusy cartoons.
I’m sure many of you have experienced things like this. 🙂 Continue reading “Spoonified in the Time of Corona, Part One”
Hello my dear fellow spoonies,
Wow, suddenly everything is much more terrifying! I hope everyone is doing relatively okay without any Corona with Lyme or other new problems. Continue reading “The Spoonie Awards, Part Three”
My name is Alyssa Graybeal, and I live in Astoria, Oregon. I grew up in the Portland, Oregon area, then lived all across Canada for twelve years before moving to the Oregon coast in 2012. Continue reading “Spoonie Guest Artist: Alyssa Graybeal (@floppyqueerdo on Instagram)”
In my vague and fuzzy brain-fogged memory, I remember reading an interview in which someone said her chronic illness was a gift. Continue reading “Some Say That Chronic Illness Is a Gift: A Cartoon with Two Endings”