Welcome to my second Spoonie Guest Artist post. I started following Nicole on Instagram because I fell in love with her gloriously sarcastic and painfully funny collage art. Her work is one of the reasons I started this series. Continue reading “Spoonie Guest Artist: Nicole a.k.a. @artful_agony”
For a long time, I’ve been noticing that there are many outlets for writers with chronic illness but comparatively few for artists with chronic illness. I decided to create these “Spoonie Guest Artist” posts, featuring some of the super-talented visual and multimedia artists I’ve met since I started blogging. I found Alexandra on Instagram (she’s @yourachingart_m.e). I immediately started following her because her work is creative, relatable, funny, lovely, and comforting. She’s also an excellent writer; I admit I teared up reading parts of this. Check out her story and artwork. Continue reading “Spoonie Guest Artist: Alexandra Baker (@yourachingart_m.e)”
This is my first published article ever! (I am still in shock.) Continue reading “How Acupuncture Helps My Depression (written for ProHealth.com)”
Hi spoonies! The fog is back! Continue reading “Fifty Shades of Brain Fog, Part Four”
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Continue reading “Valentines for Spoonies”
Well, the holidays are over, and you may have had to encounter your relatives during some sort of festive celebration thingie. Continue reading “Difficult Relatives of Spoonies”
Remember when our biggest problems were doctors not taking us seriously and people’s lack of understanding about our health issues? Are you nostalgic for those days? Me too! Continue reading “How to #Resist Without Using All Your Spoons”
Christmas is great, Hanukkah is great, but I really think Festivus has excellent potential as a holiday for the chronically ill. Hear me out. Continue reading “Festivus: A Holiday for Spoonies?”
Doctors can say the most awful things to chronic pain patients. Continue reading “Shit Doctors Say”
I’ve been trying to meditate for years.
I had read about the benefits of meditation for coping with Lyme disease, chronic pain, thyroid disease, allergies, anxiety, and almost every condition I have, but I just couldn’t focus on my breath and keep my mind from racing. Continue reading “Meditation Techniques for the Meditation-Challenged, Part One”
“Inside every older person is a younger person, wondering what the hell happened.”
— Cora Harvey Armstrong Continue reading “Happy Birthday to Me”
1. You LOOK so healthy.
2. Have you tried (name of very basic, obvious remedy, like ibuprofen)?
3. Are you SURE you’re sick?
4. You mean you really can’t do that tiny, tiny, little motion? Just doing that little thing causes you pain? Aren’t you being dramatic? Continue reading “Things Not to Say to People With Chronic Illnesses”