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A New Hope: Lisa’s Inspirational* Botox Journey

*Hahaha jk THE BEFOREMATH As you are probably aware, I was diagnosed last December with gastroparesis after many months of extreme stomach and back pain, nausea, vomiting, and general feelings of an alien baby trying to rip itself out of my abdominal area. Gastroparesis is a condition that affects the movement of the muscles in […] Read more…

WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING, BODY?!

There is no right or wrong way to react to being diagnosed with a disease. Everyone lives differently and everyone grieves differently. When I was diagnosed with a disease I held onto that diagnosis like it was a life vest and I was thrown overboard into an unforgiving ocean because that is honestly what it […] Read more…

You’re Not Making Up Your Chronic Illness

An edited and much less sarcastic version of this essay was published last year on xoJane. You can find it here: http://www.xojane.com/issues/chronic-illness-isnt-made-up Yesterday was Rare Disease Day so I spent a lot of time reading stories and watching videos by people who were diagnosed with rare diseases. Across the board, most people had something in common: […] Read more…

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