Chronic Illness

Writing Illness as Humour

“I knew, of course I knew, that life is always more complicated than our narratives.” – John Burnside, A Lie About My Father Writing an illness is hard. Writing an illness for the humour section is even harder. I am someone who prides herself on being rather breezy about the whole living with a chronic […] Read more…

Lisa Tries to Work On Her Fitness

Back in January I made a promise to all of you that I would work on my fitness and do what I could to improve my health. Then I closed my laptop and went back to watching Modern Family and finishing my family sized bag of Ketchup chips. Okay, to be fair there was that […] Read more…

I Probably Took Health Insurance For Granted

For approximately two weeks I have been getting this weird rash thing on my face. It’s called a Butterfly Rash. That sort of name makes it sound like it would be kind of magestic and beautiful. Spoiler alert: it’s the opposite. And then to make matters worse today I started getting it on my hands too. So […] Read more…

I’m Addicted to Facebook Slot Machine Games

So it’s 3:09 AM and I just woke up from slumber and realized that my belly felt really warm. With my eyes closed the first thing I could think was that this was some weird sort of nerve pain because I’ve been having many cases of OH-MY-GOD-MY-LIMB-IS-ON-FIRE-oh-wait-no-that’s-just-my-brain-itis lately. But it feels so warm and heavy, […] Read more…

Life Advice for the Chronically Ill

If you have a chronic illness or you are currently wading through the sea of specialist appointments that come with the diagnosis stage you should follow this one piece of advice: take someone to the big appointments with you. Especially take someone with you if you plan on getting information that can be overwhelming. I […] Read more…

Does this cane make me look fat?

I’ve recently been afflicted with a curious case of muscle spasticity. I have known for years that something has been ‘off’ with my body but in recent months my muscles have decided to dance and jump and tighten and loosen all on their own without letting my brain in on the routine.  My disobeying muscles […] Read more…

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