Tag Archives: chronic health issue

Story from the Chronic Pain Chronicles (Vol. 4).

August 16th was the one year anniversary of my eighth surgery. It has made me introspective, but also a little bit sad. Chronic pain is hard to manage, both physically and mentally. I would argue it’s even worse when the … Continue reading

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Story from the Chronic Pain Chronicles (Vol. 3)

I sprained my ankle six or seven days ago. Part of the reason I didn’t seek out a doctor is that other than confirming an injury that I’ve already had on this ankle a few times (thanks, soccer) there aren’t many options for mobility aids for me. This speaks to how normalized certain bodies and types of bodies are in a society. In this case, these types of bodies are able bodies. Continue reading

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Story from the Chronic Pain Chronicles (Vol. 2)

I haven’t taken any painkillers since the morning of May 9th. For someone who takes two Tylenol Arthritis* three times a day THIS IS HUGE. I’m sure my liver is jumping for joy at this moment in time. The last … Continue reading

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Conferencing While Dis/abled

I was at a conference recently that claimed it was mindful of accessibility when it seems–at least to me–as though it was more of an afterthought. Now, I understand that planning events is very difficult: I have volunteered at conferences many … Continue reading

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Disability and Tenureship

I’ve been thinking about this for awhile now, and perhaps it is time to put it out into the world. What happens with those of us in grad school–the #PhDisabled community–want to pursue a tenure-track position? Ostensibly, we are expected to … Continue reading

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That Awkward Moment When…

I just came to the realization a few days ago the reason why many of my undergrad marks were bad was because I was so sick all the time. Not surprisingly, when I got better, my grades did, too. It’s … Continue reading

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To Candidacy and Beyond: Weeks Eight and Nine

I spent a good portion of last week trying to figure out what I had forgotten, or was missing. It turns out it was writing an update last week. Oops. Last week I wrote eighteen pages, and this week I … Continue reading

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