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November 5, 2019

Over the past six years while battling both my mental and physical health I have learned so many lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. While most of these lessons took a lot of pain and tears they are probably the most valuable lessons I will ever learn. One of the most important lessons I have learned is that sometimes we have to fall and let ourselves crumble in times of hurt just so we can pick ourselve...

October 31, 2019

Hello! ’Tis I, your friendly neighborhood comic artist, @potsiespoons!

October is a most magical month for me—the changing leaves, listening to my spooky playlist, and talking incessantly about Dysautonomia Awareness Month! It is, as the kids say, pretty darn neat.

Dysautonomia is an umbrella term for a number of conditions that affect your autonomic nervous system, which controls all the stuff that happens automatically in you...

October 22, 2019

There’s a disconnect

Between my body and me
It all began at birth
Within a sliver of a moon’s phase
There was a chasm
A bloody, brutal war
Between my spirit and its vessel

I’ve been on a goose chase
For decades since
Eagerly collecting every ounce
Of myself I could find
Amidst the ashes and debris
With the intentions of
Reuniting my mind, body & spirit

But as with most battles
Bombs continued to fall
So I’ve learned to always

October 10, 2019

We have all experienced pain at some point in our lives.  Many times pain is our bodies signaling us that there is a problem. Usually, the more uncomfortable we feel, the more likely we will be to get it evaluated. 

There are two types of pain: acute and chronic.  Acute pain comes on sharp and suddenly such as with a surgery, broken bones, burns, cuts, labor and delivery or dental work.  This pain goes away after the initi...

September 30, 2019

My name is Chelsea, and I’m your seemingly average 25 year old woman. I say seemingly because there's a catch; I have several invisible health diagnoses that make normal activities difficult. I live with multiple, mild to severe anxiety disorders and other mental health disorders. I’ve also been diagnosed with chronic migraines and orthostatic hypotension.

I am grateful that my state's health policies permits me the use of a se...

September 27, 2019

I have been an athlete since I was 4, instantly falling in love with softball after one practice. By age 8, I had a set goal and mindset to be a D1 college athlete. Softball was how I identified myself; it was all I knew.

During my sophomore year, I watched my mom battle and beat breast cancer. I was 16 and just had an incredible freshman year. I used softball as my escape during this tough time.

Three weeks after my mom went i...

September 20, 2019

It was sometime in the fall of 2014. I woke up, being the mother of three small children...I was in a normal morning rush. I remember having a few loose hairs on my face and noticing my pillow had quite a few hairs on it. 

I’ve always had a love hate relationship with my hair. I have baby fine natural curly hair. It’s not the easiest to care for. My hair was just past my shoulders and I remember being very pleased with the...

September 13, 2019

Ever since I was little, I had a “nervous belly.” I would be stuck eating broth and crackers for days after having yet another stomach bug. We’d go to the doctor, and he’d take x-rays and say, it must just be another virus. For 18 years I had viruses. It seemed constant!

As I got into high school, things seemed to be better as long as I avoided dairy, my arch-nemesis. But in my senior year, my boyfriend (now husband!) shipped...

July 31, 2019

Get tested! Take care of your liver!

What does the liver do? As one of the most important organs in the body, you cannot survive without your liver because it performs vital bodily functions. It fights off infection, helps digest food, stores energy and nutrients, and removes harmful chemicals from the blood.

When the liver becomes infected, that leads to an inflammation called hepatitis. Today we are focusing on the most under...

July 21, 2019

Before I was even born, my body was already covered by wounds that are easily mistaken for third degree burns. Before I was even able to enunciate my name, I had to go through surgeries and daily bandage changes that were tremendously painful. After minutes of being born I was diagnosed with a life-threatening skin condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa (or also known as EB).

This skin condition is so rare but it has taken the...

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