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”