Mental Health · Recovery

Struggling with Grief During the Holidays

You don’t have to fake holiday cheer, no matter what anyone says. You are allowed to have emotions.

Chronic Illness · Chronic Pain · Mayo Clinic · Mental Health · Personal · Recovery

What I Almost Named My Blog Five Years Ago

How did I end up with “Illness to Wellness”? Others believed in me – and now I do, too. The name I almost used doesn’t make sense anymore.

Chronic Illness · Chronic Pain · Grad School · Mayo Clinic · Mental Health · Personal · Recovery · Religious

Thanksgiving for My Times at Mayo Clinic 2.5 Years Ago, My First Dream Job 1.5 Years Ago, My Job Search and Moments with Loved Ones Now, and My Graduation in 6 Months

“There are places I’ll remember / All my life, though some have changed… / In my life, I’ve loved them all.” – The Beatles

Chronic Illness · Chronic Pain · Grad School · Mental Health · Personal · Recovery · Religious · Social Justice

Dear Professors, Please Don’t Consider Our Accommodations “Special Needs”

We, your students, long for full inclusion and an embrace of us and our gifts – and that’s different from what we’re usually getting.

Mental Health · My Creative Writing · Personal · Recovery · Religious · Social Justice

Sexual Violence is a Personal, Public, and Political Health Issue. We Need to Believe Survivors.

Believe and support the survivors in your life. Be gentle with yourself if you are a survivor. This is a hard time.