Chronic illness, two decades later

Every April, I think about writing this post. Or one like it. But I don’t, because I don’t want people to think of me as a sick person – either because then I’ll get pity, skepticism, unwanted advice or because I’ll appear weak and incompetent and worry no one will ever want to hire me…

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Weekly-ish writing update – Nov. 20, 2017: What have I done for the last 2 weeks?

Uugggghhhh. That’s how much of my last two weeks has felt. I skipped a week of reporting on my progress because I felt flat out too wiped out to summon the energy to record a video and write about how tired I was. Yay. I realize I have a blessed life. I truly know it….

Weekly writing update – Nov. 5, 2017: Rollercoasters

In the writing update video I recorded on Friday, I seem very happy about my productivity and progress this week. And I should be. I got some good stuff done that is helping me move forward. That’s great. What I totally forgot to mention in the video was the bottomless pit I stumbled into early…

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 29, 2017: just hanging in there

There’s something that happens inside me when I get sick with an illness that makes me horribly tired. Some part of my emotional self thinks I’m 17 again and newly stricken with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrom and Fibromyalgia. I still remember that April. I thought I was ill with a cold or flu-like thing….

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 20, 2017: My voice croaked, I didn’t

I rarely get sick. I’m too stubborn. I feel a cold coming on and refuse it passage through my body. It usually works. And it did, all last week. I felt something trying to take hold and I refused it entry. Until Sunday afternoon and it just hit me. I’m blaming it on #MeToo, as…