The LGBT community needs to support all its members
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The LGBT community needs to support all its members

This is Pride month, and while I want to celebrate, I feel it is more important to discuss injustice and oppression. With the protests(and occasional rioting) that is going on all over the US, I feel it’s important to discuss the intersectionality of the LGBT community, and how the community has, in large part, erased…

Victimhood: the identity that just keeps taking
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Victimhood: the identity that just keeps taking

When I started writing last week’s post on ableism, I recognized that the single behavior that bothered me most was this man’s insistence that his disability was the heart of the problem, followed by his insistence that he was the victim. This post digs into the victim identity, and the emotional shift from having been…

It’s genetic, part 3: Inherited Tendencies and Sensitivities
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It’s genetic, part 3: Inherited Tendencies and Sensitivities

This is the third of three posts on how to answer the question ‘is it genetic?’ While the first post discussed spontaneous changes that just happen(genetic conditions), and the second discussed specific known hereditary genetic mutations, this third post digs into hereditary conditions, which are likely influenced by our genes, but either is the result…

It’s genetic, part 2: Testable Inheritable Conditions
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It’s genetic, part 2: Testable Inheritable Conditions

This is the second of three posts on how to answer the question ‘is it genetic?’ While the first post discussed spontaneous changes that just happen, as exemplified by the loss or addition of chromosomes, this second post digs into what many people tend to focus on with the ‘is it genetic’ question: traits that…

It’s Genetic, part 1: Losing or adding chromosomes
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It’s Genetic, part 1: Losing or adding chromosomes

So, ‘it’s genetic’ or ‘it may be genetic’ are terms that get tossed around a lot about many different conditions. This post is the first of three-part series about gene-related abnormalities. The three big categories I’m going to write about are abnormal numbers of chromosomes, identifiable genetic abnormalities, and inherited genetic tendencies. For all three…

A Chronic Voice February 2020
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A Chronic Voice February 2020

Once more, I am participating in A Chronic Voice’s monthly linkup.  February prompts: ditching, invigorating, playing, joining, looking. This post muses about two major topics: BiRequest and turning my blog into a business. I’m excited about both things, and hoping that the steps I am taking in both spaces will lead to a better future for…

Guiding others towards a healthier understanding of your condition
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Guiding others towards a healthier understanding of your condition

Healthier interactions start with the recognition that you are, indeed, human too. Just because you have some form of disabling condition or identity doesn’t make you more(or less) of a person than you were prior to your symptoms or diagnosis. Unfortunately, both you as the person managing your condition, and your family and friends need…

Recognizing and countering ablism from friends or family
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Recognizing and countering ablism from friends or family

Something both Al and I have had to manage is different responses by different family and friends to our conditions and situations. I think most people with disabling and/or chronic conditions have experienced these stresses: family members or friends who may insist that it’s nothing or that you are making up your health problem, other…