• Activism,  Health Care

    September is Pain Awareness Month

    Pain, we are all familiar with it. A tooth ache, a sore throat, a broken bone. Pain regardless of its cause can keep us from spending time with our family, effect our work, and just down right make us miserable. When the pain becomes chronic, these issues are compounded by the pure exhaustion of living in pain. I have lived with pain my entire life. For the last 11 years I have lived with daily pain. Currently most days my pain is low, but there are some days where my pain effects every aspect of my life. My pain goal is to make those days few and far between. There…

  • Activism,  Review

    Invisible: Book Review

    Living with chronic illness often means having limitations. It means adjusting your accomplishments to you limitations. There are very few things that I absolutely can not do, and most of those are because of my fitness level and not my actual illness. Mostly there are just days when I have to say “that’s not a task for today.” So I get things done, it just often takes me a long time to get to where I’m going.

  • Activism,  Health Care,  Review

    Book Review: Doing Harm by Maya Dusenberry

    On a day that I had time to kill I picked up Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick by Maya Dusenberry at my neighborhood library. It’s a pretty heady read for something I picked up on a whim, but it called to me from the New Release shelf. I was not even aware of Maya Dusenberry before I began to read this well researched and important book. Women’s health, gender bias, and misdiagnosis of serious health issues can be an emotionally charged topic including anger, sadness, and placing blame. So I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book…

  • Activism

    H.R. 620 is Against Disabled Americans

    In Washington H.R. 620 “ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017” is currently a piece of legislation in the house. H.R. 620 could be voted on any day now, and I was not aware of it until Wednesday morning. This is a big deal and would very much hinder access to people with disabilities. So why did I not know this? Where is all the outrage? Friends of both the online and in person variety, news, humor, celebrities, and science fill my original Twitter feed, but I did not see any mention of it there. It hadn’t come across on Facebook either.