Veronica With Four Eyes

Tag: chronic illness

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 […]

To My Chiari Malformation On Its Sixth Birthday

To My Chiari Malformation On Its Sixth Birthday

Dear Chiari Malformation, You came into my life six years ago now, when I suddenly developed a constant pain in the back of my head. I was a freshman in high school, and coincidentally it was Chiari Malformation Awareness Month, but I didn’t know that- […]

How I’m Managing My Back Pain This Semester

How I’m Managing My Back Pain This Semester

I have a chronic illness called Chiari Malformation (read more about that here) that causes chronic pain all over my body, focusing on my back, shoulders, neck, and head. Back pain is fairly common for college students, so I decided to put together a list […]

Explaining Chiari Malformation in Seven Words or Less

Explaining Chiari Malformation in Seven Words or Less

Having an uncommon brain condition called Chiari Malformation, I am used to frequently explaining what it is and how it affects me on a day to day basis. Below, I have written twenty-five different summaries of life with Chiari Malformation, all in seven words or […]

Why You Should Have A Tutor From Your School

Why You Should Have A Tutor From Your School

As a student with low vision, I often struggle reading numbers and graphs in my classes. ┬áThis isn’t because of a math disorder, it’s just that I have trouble seeing. I was fortunate enough to have tutors, who were teachers at my school, that were […]

Medical Emergencies in College

Medical Emergencies in College

One night in November during my freshman year, I was talking to my friend in a different time zone when suddenly, I felt like I was about to black out. There was blinding pain in my abdomen that made it feel like I had gone […]