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Tag: chronic illness

Ten Dining Hall Foods I Take Before A Snowstorm

Ten Dining Hall Foods I Take Before A Snowstorm

One President’s Day weekend in 2016, I was stuck in my dorm room for 60 hours and could not leave due to snow. I have a chronic pain condition that leaves me bedridden due to the cold, and I couldn’t leave my dorm to go […]

Visiting Holiday Lights With Photosensitivity

Visiting Holiday Lights With Photosensitivity

I feel like in the last week or so, I have seen more holiday lights than I ever have in my life. Ever since developing a photosensitive migraine condition six years ago (right around the holiday season), I have often dreaded going to see different […]

Six Word Horror Stories for Students with Low Vision

Six Word Horror Stories for Students with Low Vision

Some of my experiences in high school can be described as horror stories. Since I don’t like to dwell on the past, or make my blog a place where I can complain about my impairment, I decided to sum up my most awful school experiences […]

Taking Exams When You’re Sick

Taking Exams When You’re Sick

My second semester of sophomore year, I ended up getting food poisoning right before I had to take a midterm. The night before, my friends and I had gone out to a restaurant to celebrate nearing the end of midterms, and since we went near […]

Disclosing Disability In College Applications

Disclosing Disability In College Applications

When I was applying to colleges, I couldn’t decide if I should mention that I have a disability. My low vision had been a major part of my life, especially in school, so it felt weird to hide that part of my identity. At the […]

My Experience With Botox

My Experience With Botox

When I first started seeing my current neurologist in 2015, they recommended that I try Botox to help with my chronic migraines. Their hope was that the injections would lessen the severity of my migraines, or at least give me less headache days a month. […]

How Watching The Senate Debate Healthcare Is Like Watching Football

How Watching The Senate Debate Healthcare Is Like Watching Football

Over the last few months, there have been many debates on proposed health care bills in the Senate. These bills were created to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and drop protections for people with pre-existing conditions, disabilities, and long […]

Why I Love Having Friends With The Same Condition

Why I Love Having Friends With The Same Condition

My experiences with low vision and chronic illness have made my life much more interesting.  While I may not know how to drive, read a library book without a video magnifier, or walk backwards, I definitely can explain life with Chiari Malformation and low vision, […]

How To Contact Your Senators

How To Contact Your Senators

Like millions of Americans, I have a pre-existing condition. Under the newly proposed Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill, that means that insurance companies would legally be able to charge me extra or deny coverage because I have a condition, and I could also have lifetime caps on […]

Navigating High School With a Leg Brace

Navigating High School With a Leg Brace

My sophomore year of high school, I began experiencing painful hamstring spasms related to Chiari Malformation. During these spasms, my left leg would go limp and numb, leaving me unable to walk. Thankfully, I was given a leg brace similar to a knee immobilizer to […]