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January 7, 2020

Hey, y'all! It's Twitch, a Fight Like a Warrior Ambassador.

I have a neurological condition called Tourette Syndrome. This causes me to make involuntary movements and sounds called tics. I don't want to get into much detail about tics and the different types, but if you're interested, feel free to do your own research or reach out to me. 

Many people take this condition and assume that all people with TS curse. That, in fact, is...

January 2, 2020

Dear Chronic Illness,

     Although you have made my life so hard I wanted to thank you. If it wasn’t for you I would have never found myself. I wouldn’t be the mental health and chronic illness advocate that I am today if you didn’t come and wreck my life.

     As crazy as it sounds I’m thankful for you because without you I would have never found my strength. I wish it didn’t take me being severely ill for me to find...

December 5, 2019

I had spinal fusion surgery this June. The recovery is long and often very boring. I have always been a very active person who enjoys having a packed schedule. As I was recovering (and still am) I often felt very unproductive, like I was wasting time lying around. Over time I discovered some things I could do while recovering that made me feel useful.  Here is a list of what helped the time pass by. 

1. Set Goals/Plan Your...

November 26, 2019

Gastroparesis is delayed gastric emptying of the stomach, and also known as stomach paralysis. It can be caused by a multitude of things, and often goes hand-in-hand with Dysautonomia and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Common symptoms are nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, bloating, and weight loss. 

I have been struggling with Gastroparesis for almost three years now, and over these years I’ve done several treatments without much lu...

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...

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