Taking a Shower with Fibromyalgia
From Merbear at Knocked Over By a Feather: “When I’m finally finished with the herculean task of cleansing my body so that I don’t offend myself or others, I just sit there and let the water envelop me. I close my eyes and begin to build myself up for the next step.”
I Need To Tell You
Christine, who was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in 2012, responds to unsolicited advice: “I’m telling you my hands hurt. I’m telling you I can’t perform a simple task, a task that a child does all day long. I’m telling you I can’t express myself. My creative outlet is gone. . . . Hear that.”
Undark Magazine explores science at the point where it intersects — and sometimes collides — with politics, economics and culture.
The Mass General Research Institute
The Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute is the largest hospital-based research organization in the US. Researchers and physicians work together to find cures, improve care, and encourage medical innovation.
“Because when the going gets tough, the tough go traveling.” #CancerRoadTrip is Pat Wetzel’s mission for health and healing.
Extremely Abbreviated Description of One Female’s Pain
“I was excited by the idea that something really was wrong with me.” Alex Press writes about her health, female pain, and the writing of Leslie Jamison.
All the males in Neil Kramer’s family had an inherited muscular disorder — but none of them ever talked about it, or sought help. Neil breaks that pattern.
breaking the surface
Tenille Campbell recognized burnout and then did something about it: “But slowly, slowly, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t feel the joy. I couldn’t feel the passion. I felt… grey. Nothing. Absent.”
Cancer in Canada
Canadians’ odds of getting sick or dying depend surprisingly on where they live. Check out the National Post’s interactive map to learn more about cancer in Canada.
Dimple Be Gone
“How fragile is my character if changing my appearance would really threaten it?” Blogger Jess reflects on the tensions between her changing body and her life-long identity as a “big girl.”
When life gives you hospital beds, find your inner balconies
“When life gives you / hospital beds, / turn those / sunlit windows / into your / inner balconies / instead.”
Christy Bharath meditates on life in India, post-surgery.
Taking a Trip Through Love Canal: The Residuum
“That’s where we are at. As a society, our bodies and minds are in such a poor condition that we cannot touch our proverbial toes—we cannot control ourselves, yet we want to control something outside of ourselves.” Jack Caseros on environmental contamination, not climate change, as our most pressing environmental issue.
I Hate Running
“I have three different pairs of shoes I hate running in. Every time I run, I pick one pair, and I go out and run in them, and I enjoy it about as much as I enjoy brushing my teeth in the morning, except running lasts way longer.”
Ruby Pipes comes to terms with a relapse after three years of sobriety: “Yet I continue forward. Despite my current inability to see why. Though I feel I don’t deserve it and it doesn’t matter anyway.”
Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist
Amy learns to let go of the futile quest for “perfect” and instead embrace intuition and uncertainty: “Some steps are wobbly and small. Others are strong and purposeful. But they are all steps forward, no matter how they land.”