Category Archives: About a Bitch

Day 2713: A Little Blerd Joy

Day 2713. My bones feel sore. It hurts to breathe. My poor sleep is more drain than reprieve or recharge. But I have Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent to light my day: The PDF of the entire decision and dissents: Utah v … Continue reading

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April is Spondylitis Awareness Month

I’m “lucky” enough to be “aware” all the damn time. And it is enlightening to see how common this “rare” disease is. What you also can do is look for ways to support those you know with spondyloarthritis, chronic pain … Continue reading

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Day 2559: Award-Winning AS Video

Good job but short shrift on the non-spinal symptoms and -itises. Ankylosing Spondylitis Video Awarded a 2015 Digital Health Award Ankylosing Spondylitis Video: link

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Day 2535: Flares, or Holy !@#$%^&* Shit, Batman!

Chronic illnesses are not necessarily linear, as in Monday is better than Friday [or worse], or 2003 was better than 2013, an up, or down, progression with logical stopping points and an endpoint. Autoimmune diseases especially are prone to fluctuations that … Continue reading

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Repeat: Chronic Pain ≠ Opiate/”Drug” Addiction

Every fucking day. Every fucking day 1-100 sources, individuals, reports tell me and others like me with chronic conditions that come with daily, unrelenting pain that we, the pain sufferers, are The Reason young [and not-so-young, but let’s be honest—only “the … Continue reading

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“afraid of being full”

HT: Everyday Feminism. In 2014, I lost 30+ pounds. Not in any of the right ways. But who gives a shit as long as you are not-fat. “Resource”! National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

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Dr. Janet Travell, JFK and 1950s Pain Management

Dr. Travell’s treatment was a comprehensive approach that included analgesics, physical measures, hormone replacement, and attempts to slow down his autoimmune disease (Table 4). Medical records kept by Dr. Travell over the course of her 8-year treatment reveal that JFK … Continue reading

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Day 2460: “But What Do You DO?”

At the gym I go to, the time of day I go, I am 15-20 years older than the instructors and 10-20-30 years younger than the [mostly] women in class. And most of them don’t use a cane/walking stick like … Continue reading

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30 Things You May Not Know About My Invisible Illness

1. The illness I live with is: ankylosing spondylitis [see posts here, here, and here], fibromyalgia [about me, in general].† 2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: FM: 2009. AS: 2014.‡ 3. But I had symptoms since: AS: probably … Continue reading

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Invisible Illness Awareness Week 2015

Yeah, it’s illness you can’t see. I’ve got one. Well, a few. There are L.O.T.S. A sparse sampling: allergies and food intolerances anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, OSFED (Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder) and other eating disorders rheumatoid arthritis/inflammatory arthritis … Continue reading

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