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The Spoon Theory

You may see a lot of references to "Spoonies" on my page.  A spoonie is someone who an illness, which is a term from a post by Christine Miserandino. You can find out all about the Spoon Theory here.

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What is success?

I have the habit of comparing myself to other people.  All. The. Time. Five years ago, I set out on getting my Master's in Psychology.  I finished my program, got my license to be an intern therapist.  I was working... Continue Reading →

What is me?

It's been a really hard few days with my dysautonomia and EDS flaring, migraine free mostly thankfully. Lots of super emotional things, like finally saying goodbye to a 5 year relationship, being told that I can't be associated with anymore... Continue Reading →

When Everyone Told Me I Needed to Take a Day Off

It would be amazing to take a day off.  To not deal with everything going on in my head.  To not be anxious and not be stressed and not be a hot mess all the time (and this is one... Continue Reading →

What to do When Your Support System and Foundation Crumble

You rebuild. Because you are a Warrior. You are a mother fucking tigress Warrior Princess Zebracorn. You have 9 lives and you always land on your feet. Pick yourself up off the ground and be the Warrior you know you... Continue Reading →

The Day I Got My Genetic Testing Results

I called a few times a week past the expected four weeks of testing after my blood was drawn to see if the results were in yet. Finally, I got a “Yes, they are in.” There was a but though….... Continue Reading →

Hope

Hope. When I have nothing left in me, when I have no more spoons and no more energy and no more tears to cry, I have hope.

When the Geneticist Says She has to Ask the Lab…

Yes, that's me. I'm the person who requires the 100-year-old geneticist, with all of her experience, to have to call the lab with a question about the result. Why?Because I'm a damn zebra unicorn.  Because I can.   Because it's me.... Continue Reading →

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Suffering In Silence

I wish I was poet… but I’m not. So I’m going to let ChronicallyKaty say what I can’t put into words.

Chronically Katy

Here’s to the people who suffer daily,

The ones whose pain is never failing.

The ones who cry themselves to sleep,
Yet appear to have smiles running deep.
The ones who fight for the day that life will no longer be a fight,
Despite knowing that they will never see that light.
They are the ones that are strong,
They are the ones that consistently hold on.
These are the people that refuse to appear weak,
Even when their future is bleak.
They might die tomorrow,
Their lives may cause great sorrow.
Yet, they keep living
                                   living
                                            living
Honestly do they have another option?
It comes down to life and…

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