chronic illness

 “It helps me in ways that have enabled me to grow as a parent, in all honesty. Cannabis guides me to this calm, present state of mind."

Can Pot Make You A Better Parent? A Discussion With Parents Who Use Cannabis

“It helps me in ways that have enabled me to grow as a parent, in all honesty. Cannabis guides me to this calm, present state of mind." Read...
Laurel Dickman    |   04.19.17   |   SHARE
"I have a hard time being in my skin when my body feels like it’s on fire."

She's A Diva: Finding Sexiness In My Chronically Ill Body

When I think sexy, the first thing that comes to mind is acting with abandon and being lost in the trance of feeling and response. My body might want Read...
Sonya Huber    |   03.20.17   |   SHARE
"I don’t view my mental illness as something that gets in the way of a happy or meaningful future, but rather a practical reality of the life I live and plan to continue living."

I Don't Need To "Cure" My Chronic Mental Illness To Be Happy

I’ve been mentally ill pretty much my whole entire life, and it isn’t something I see going away any time soon. I don’t see that as an inherently bad Read...
Jenni Berrett    |   03.1.17   |   SHARE
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"Mental illness is hard. Being a person is hard. Don’t try to do it alone." | Image Credit: Rhendi Rukmana via Unsplash

The Obsessive-Compulsive Dame: Ask For Help

Mental illness is hard. Being a person is hard. Don’t try to do it alone. Read...
Jenni Berrett   |   01.25.17   |   SHARE
Minds
I took for granted the effort of something so seemingly common. I had survived a serious illness. Shouldn’t everything be easy forever after?

No Straight Lines: The Path Of Living With Chronic Illness

Chronic illness and injury has taught me — is still teaching me — patience. These days are not a consolation prize for what I didn’t win, for where I Read...
Lauren Jonik of Role Reboot    |   12.23.16   |   SHARE
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“Can you do another blood test, or maybe an x-ray?” I asked. I could not wrap my head around why I would be short of breath all the time if nothing was wrong. He looked at my husband and rolled his eyes.

I Went To 3 Doctors Before Finding Someone Who Believed In My Illness

When there is a preconception that women exaggerate or are “hysterical,” then it follows that they won’t be listened to as carefully as men, or that Read...
Hally Thornton    |   09.28.16   |   SHARE
Voices
Working from home means your self-care might look a bit different from that employed by folks who work outside the home, but it definitely doesn’t mean you should forgo self-care altogether. Image: Thinkstock.

5 Ways To Practice Self-Care When You Work From Home

For many people — myself included — working from home is a dream. But it’s not all sunshine and daisies. Work is work, and work can be difficult Read...
Sian Ferguson    |   07.20.16   |   SHARE
Bodies
“How do you do it?” is a silly question. We’re all bumping along the best we can with what we’re given.

How Does She Do It? Parenting With A Disability

I had to walk my daughter in the torrential downpour to school six blocks away with a positive attitude, although the last thing I felt was positive Read...
Jennifer Chambers    |   02.19.16   |   SHARE
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