Chronic Illness · Chronic Pain · Grad School · Mental Health · Personal · Recovery

A Letter from an Alum to Current Students

A few years ago, I was asked to give advice to current high schoolers at my alma mater. I shared how much I’d changed.

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Grad School · Mental Health · My Creative Writing · Personal · Recovery

Acting for the Right Reasons

Perfectionism says you’ll never be good enough. You’ll never work hard enough. You’ll never have enough. You’ll never be enough.

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.

Book Recommendations · Chronic Illness · Grad School · Mental Health · Personal · Recovery · Religious · Short-term/Acute Illness

Fighting for the Present in the Middle of the Past and Future

We must integrate the reminders “memento mori” and “memento vivere” in order for us to stay present in “ordinary time.”