Veronica With Four Eyes

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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 […]

Choosing Jewelry With Chronic Pain

Choosing Jewelry With Chronic Pain

Some girls adore shoes. Others adore purses. For me, I absolutely adore jewelry. It’s rare to see me without wearing a necklace, and even more rare to see me without earrings. With chronic head and neck pain as a result of Chiari Malformation and a […]

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. […]

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 […]

How I Explain Chiari Malformation

How I Explain Chiari Malformation

Before I get to today’s post, I have been working on a redesign of my website the last few days that incorporates easier navigation, more pictures, and the color purple, for Chiari Malformation and migraine awareness. ¬†While a lot of things are looking great, I’m […]

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 […]

My College Desk

My College Desk

If I’m not sitting in my bed, chances are I am typing away at my dorm desk.  Between running a blog, taking virtual classes, working on assignments, and talking to friends, it’s no surprise that I can easily spend several hours reading, typing, and browsing […]