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When Mental and Chronic Illness Collide

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A Chronically Ill Teen’s Take On The ACA

So true!

Chronically Katy

I am 15 years old, and I have five chronic illnesses. I could go into specifics on which illnesses and what symptoms they cause, but at this moment that does not matter. What matters right now is how they could affect my future and more importantly my access to health care.

Last night the Senate took a vote on the Affordable Care Act. Donald Trump has said that if the ACA is repealed, he does not support repealing the clause that allows those of us with preexisting conditions to remain insured. But just before 1:30 this morning, senators voted on an amendment that would have kept the pre-existing conditions clause intact even if the ACA is repealed, and they voted against it. No action has been taken yet on effectively repealing the ACA, and no further statements have been made on the issue, but I cannot help but freak out. I am…

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If you give a Spoonie some spoons…

When you are and have been feeling so good for a few days, you forget that spoonie part of your life.  You forget that you have limitations, that things cost spoons.  You go and you go, and you have a... Continue Reading →

I was on a podcast!

Through my writing, I was given the opportunity to on a podcast for http://www.herehear.org. They are a nonprofit on the east coast that works on destigmatizing mental illness and all sorts of other cool stuff. They wanted to hear about my... Continue Reading →

The Nitty Gritty of EDS

Sleep is something that I never worry about, considering the amount of medication I take at night that sedates me. What I wasn't prepared for after my EDS diagnosis was the "waking up" part.  What I mean by that is... Continue Reading →

To the Spoonie Who Doesn’t Think They Deserve Love

The last two nights, I’ve had dreams about my partner cheating on me. I wake up in the morning with a giant pit in my stomach, the kind that comes from a dream that just literally makes you sick. And... Continue Reading →

See the Forest and Not the Trees

As an English junkie in high school and college, I took tons of English classes, whether about reading or writing. If you were a high school student in the 2000’s (I’m not sure if they are doing this anymore) then... Continue Reading →

6 Ways to Help Out the Spoonie

Having a mental illness or a chronic illness changes a lot about life. It affects our lives in so many ways. Too often the people in our lives don’t know how to take care of us. When someone you know... Continue Reading →

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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How to Help A Loved One with Mental or Chronic Illness

Recently, I was talking with another spoonie.  She was talking about the stigmatization she faces not only from the world but from her own family regarding her mental health diagnosis.  Her family keeps telling her ‘just be stronger,’ ‘just get it... Continue Reading →

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