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My Personal Spoonie Hacks

My Personal Spoonie Hacks

These are my personal Top 25 Spoonie Hacks! For those of you who do not know what a ‘spoon’ means should look into ‘Spoon Theory’. Generally, it’s like a recipe, but spoons are symbolizing energy. Do you have enough spoons for the activity you’re thinking of doing? Chronic illness minimizes the amount of spoons you can have on a day, though some days you will have more spoons than normal, or less. It’s all about balancing your use of them. Always…

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Christmas Pain, Revelations and the Devotion of Family

Christmas Pain, Revelations and the Devotion of Family

I had a terrifying experience on Christmas Eve. My family, as always, had met up at my grandparents’ house for present opening. I had had a full day and I was quickly approaching a crash. But my family was great and insisted I sit and rest and eat and enjoy the evening. So I did! But a couple hours into the festivities I felt a stab in my side, reaching fully into my lungs and stopping my breath. I’ve had…

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I Had no Idea my Sickness Would Give me Such Great Timing…

I Had no Idea my Sickness Would Give me Such Great Timing…

I had a presentation a couple of days ago. It was very simple, just a few slides on genetic draft or genetic hitchhiking, and the results of organelle mediated selective sweeps within a cell’s nuclear genome. That may sound scary, but really? It’s nothing. Everyone who is in a life science major will understand that sentence (or they should). But I felt good about it. I’d even added some comedic flair into it by making it all feel like a…

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The Reality of Doctor Appointments

The Reality of Doctor Appointments

I’ll be the first to say that having doctors appointments all the time isn’t easy. I’m lucky to only have 3-5 a week. I have to travel an hour to get to some of them, but at least I’m not stuck in the hospital on an iv (most of the time). I have only respect for people who are, and who manage to remain optimistic and hopefully happy. But the cancelling of plans and the skipping of class, because I…

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Gambling with a Bedside Pharmacy

Gambling with a Bedside Pharmacy

I got another drug yesterday. This one is supposed to help increase my blood pressure. Yay. My nightstand is a small pharmacy and I have mixed feelings about that. My life has changed drastically ever since I got put on my antidepressants. Both because of side effects and mood stabilization. I feel more clear-headed than I ever have in my life. On the other hand I’m also being bombarded with sickness and tremors and nausea and migraines. I don’t know…

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