Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Yesterday, I didn't experience any soreness in my legs all. I ascended a flight of stairs at work, as usual. I enjoyed a two mile evening walk, as usual. But one thing was notably different. I didn't stop once to rest my legs. For the first time in over 20 months, I walked further than... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #52

Hello! How is your week going? What the weather like where you live? My week has seemingly dragged on and the excessive heat paired with a small shard of glass lodged in my heel haven't helped. The news has been a wild ride, as well. What are you up to this weekend?I think my boyfriend... Continue Reading →

The Brokenness of American Healthcare

After over two decades of perfect health, I've spent the last five years navigating a devastatingly broken system. From outlandish insurance premiums and confusing deductible requirements, to lackluster care and unfair loopholes, I am not happy. I've been frustrated but patient as I make strides towards a clear diagnosis and a resolution of symptoms. In... Continue Reading →

It’s Not About the Wedding

Last week, the while-haired woman behind us at Costco noticed a bag of macadamia nuts in our cart and gasped, asking where I'd found them. My boyfriend immediately offered to go grab her a bag and I smiled to myself, still proud of my catch six years in. Once I'd checked out, I explained to... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #51

Hi there! How is your week going? This week flew by in a flash and, quite frankly, I couldn't tell you what I've been up to. Last week, my phone got stuck in a reboot loop, so I lost everything. While it sucks, I am vehemently against storing all of my personal contacts and photos... Continue Reading →

Seasons of Creativity

Lately, I've been feeling less-than-inspired to sit down and write. Though I start each day scribbling into a journal, the ideas haven't been effortlessly evolving into ideas worthy of being shared. An old acquaintance made a series of poor choices and somehow qualified for state-funded assistance; I am infuriated. My work contract promised a raise... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #50

Howdy! How has the week been to you? Phoenix received the first mini-monsoon of the season, bringing with it more humidity than actual precipitation. I learned that the Sonoran Desert, in which Phoenix resides, is the greenest and most lust desert on Earth and technically only qualifies as a desert during our driest years. I... Continue Reading →

Today Is Not The Final Product

Time rages like a river, rushing by, offering momentary glimpses into the truth of reality. The days pass by in steady succession, marching towards some yet-unknown destination. I have spent the last several years coasting along the ebb and flow of some evasive ailment. I've spent portions of the journey violently kicking and other stretches... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #49

Hi, internet friend! How is life treating you? Over the last week: my phone broke, the water heater broke, I was referred to a toxicologist for mercury poisoning, my valley fever titers spiked (suggesting repeat dissemination), we've decided to handle mold remidation ourselves, I went to an Apollo moon landing party, I saw Myazaki's My... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #48

Why, hello there! How has the week been to you? Phoenix has been hitting 115 the last few days, which has been miserable. I saw my boyfriend's all-time favorite movie, UFH, for the first time, after six years of hearing, "How am I even dating you?!" It was great! The results of our mold sample are... Continue Reading →

The Things We Must Leave Behind

Yesterday, the mold inspectors came out to rip out the cabinets and knock down the drywall. The workers released a handful of expletives before explaining that the copious amount of mold under the sculpted wood and within the walls suggests that it's been steadily expanding it's reach for several years. They said that my symptoms... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #47

Hello, you lovely people, and Happy Independence Day to those in the US! How has the week found you? I've been violently oscillating between excited and exhausted. After discovering black mold, we spent an insufferable week at my in-law's house and then returned home to the infestation, where we're now debating whether to remodel or... Continue Reading →

Web Miscellany: Compilation #46

Hello, friends! How has the week found you? Mine has been quite interesting, bringing with it a diagnosis of mercury poisoning, the discovery of black mold in our home, dinner with my aunt, and a generous gift from my grandparents to help with the overwhelming medical expenses. I finished reading Chloe Benjamin's The Immortalists and... Continue Reading →

Black Mold And A Brief Hiatus

On our recently trip, I felt lighter and more energized than I have in years, even though I wore huge bags under my eyes in every picture. Upon our return, the state of my health quickly returned to status quo. My boyfriend immediately suspected something environmental was to blame, hypothesizing either an allergy in our... Continue Reading →

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