chronic illness

Dirty Words: Why ‘Disabled’ Isn’t One

DISCLAIMER: Identifying language is a personal choice. This is mine, but I’m not anyone’s ~token disabled person~ so make sure you check in with other folks to see what language and labels they prefer 🙂 Now, let’s get real. Every time I hear the, “but people with disabilities are people first!!! Focus on the person, not the *whispers* […] Read more…

Ableism and Academia: Chronicling the Past 4 Years

[Trigger warning for mentions of ableism, suicide, sexism, and misogyny] Well, it’s official: I am now a university graduate. I am relieved to say that after four long and painful years, I am no longer a student at Mount Saint Vincent University. Instead, I am a graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in […] Read more…

My Existence is Not Brave

I am often told, by both strangers and friends, that others cannot imagine living the life I live, and that my ability to do so demonstrates a level of strength and resilience that is somehow remarkable. I am often told that I am brave. It’s funny to me, to think of the word ‘brave’ being […] Read more…

What do you do when not even sleep is safe?

This post is not going to be inspirational, and it’s not going to be happy. It’s not going to touch on issues of accessibility or accommodation, and it’s not going to make some revolutionary statement about the fight against the ableism that has saturated our society. Instead, this post is about me, and this post […] Read more…