Category Archives: Occupying

Book Review: Growing Gills

I usually focus my book reviews on titles that are directly related to ME, but I’m making an exception today because I want to tell you about Growing Gills by Jessica Abel. This book is about creativity, not disease, but … Continue reading

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Missing, Not Marching

I should be marching right now. I mean, I had my plans all worked out. #MillionsMissing tshirt? Check. Wheelchair wheels freshly pumped up? Check. Water and food? Check. Ride to March? Check. Kick ass awesome sign made by my husband? … Continue reading

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Help My Sign!

I am suuuppppperrrrr excited for the March for Science this Saturday, April 22nd. I am doing everything humanly possible to attend. I’ve got extra rest scheduled this week, and a backup ride the day of the March (in case ride … Continue reading

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A “Standard” Patient

Today, Joe Landson shares his experience as a standard, real patient. I work occasionally as a standardized patient, though there is not much standard about me. Standardized patients are actors; we play out a script of symptoms for health care … Continue reading

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Resist. Persist.

Am I the only person who feels like she is in a leaky boat, surrounded by sharks? Pretty much every time I look at Facebook, Twitter or the news, I find another leak in the boat. And when I look … Continue reading

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Another Reason to Stay

My Mom played the cello every day, even while enduring chemotherapy. Her last lesson was less than two months before she died. Mom loved the cello, but I never really understood her dedication. Even when I took piano lessons as … Continue reading

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The Wall of Nope

I have reached a new low in life with ME. I call it: The Wall of Nope. The Wall of Nope is not a physical crash. It’s an inability to deal with obligations and necessary things. Here’s an example: I’m … Continue reading

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The Government Attitude Needed

Government/advocate interactions frequently happen on a public stage, where everyone is rightly careful about what they say. Sometimes, though, we can get access to behind the scenes communication. In emails that the authors probably believed would remain private, we can … Continue reading

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Enough Is Enough

After I pointed out to Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Chair of the Trans-NIH ME/CFS Working Group, that NIH had invited a speaker who has publicly insulted people with ME/CFS and anyone who takes this disease seriously, Dr. Koroshetz responded that “inclusion … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Dr. Koroshetz

The following text is an open letter that I sent to Dr. Walter Koroshetz, Director of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke. A plea for sanity, respect and science Dr. Koroshetz, I write to you tonight to personally … Continue reading

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