7 Things We Need To Stop Saying To People Taking Antidepressants

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something judgmental about “people taking antidepressants” to my face. Hi! That’s me! And with 15–23% of the overall population per state in the US taking some form of mental health medication, likely at least a few people you know are on antidepressants as well. So why do we put up … [Read more...]

How Grading on Fitness Fails College Students

By Kira Rakova This year, Oral Roberts University (ORU) announced that it would start requiring its students to wear Fitbits to track physical activity. Students’ recorded physical activity will then be graded as part of their physical fitness requirement. Although the use of Fitbits is mandatory for incoming students, older … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Fatigue Isn’t Like Normal Tiredness (Proving Most People Don’t Get It)

By Katie Ernst for Miss Treated, cross-posted with permission When you’re dealing with a chronic illness, there are a lot of things non-sick people say that are annoying. Things such as, “Aren’t you better yet?” Of course not. This is a chronic illness, not a you-have-it-for-a-week-and-then-it’s-over-with illness. You don’t say … [Read more...]

How I Rewrote the Story of My Heart Defect

By Camille DePutter I was born with a congenital heart defect called "complete heart block." It was not a tragic or even particularly dramatic condition. It was certainly not visible or noticeable to the rest of the world. In other words, it was easy to hide. In simplest terms, the condition meant that my heart beat … [Read more...]

“But You Don’t Look Sick” — Living With a Chronic Invisible Illness

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 "Mom," I choked into the phone. "Mom, I —" Mom, I can't breathe. Mom, I'm clawing at my legs and arms, like I'm trying to break out of my own skin. Mom, I think I'm dying. "Jessica? Jessica!" My mother's voice carried through the phone and across the country. "You're OK. Just take a … [Read more...]

The Accidental Alien

By Marc Stecker at Wheelchair Kamikaze, cross-posted with permission Imagine for a second that you're a perfectly healthy, able-bodied person, minding your own business, walking down a quiet suburban street just after nightfall. Suddenly, you are caught in the tremendous vacuum of a strange whirl of blue light, and you feel … [Read more...]

Dear Ableism: It’s Not Me. It’s Really, Really You

By Cheryl Green Dear ableism, We're not supposed to name names. You know, out of respect and all. It's painful to be publicly embarrassed! But this time I have to. You, ableism, are Danny, the Alaska Airlines manager at the Chicago-O'Hare airport who refused to open the door to the jetway for my friends after the plane had … [Read more...]

Dear World: How I Got My Brain Injury Is None of Your Business

By Cheryl Green If you saw me on the street, you wouldn't think much of it ... until I wander into a lamppost and swat it for attacking me. Someday, I hope to stop walking into things. But for now, I do it because I've sustained many, many mild traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that have messed with my neurology. I don't fully … [Read more...]

Please Stop Saying “Don’t Let Your Disabilities Define You!”: An Open Letter to Almost Everyone

By Rabbit KM for Queer Cripple, cross-posted with permission Hi, able[-bodied] people! Today on Twitter, I saw a series of tweets by @shufflejoy  that I wish all abled people would read and think about: It’s important. People, particularly abled people, try to separate disabled people from our disabilities a lot. For … [Read more...]

7 Microaggressions Disabled Folks Face at the Doctor’s Office—and 6 Ways to Fix Them

By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 Imagine this: you’re in the waiting room of a new doctor’s office, eager to learn more about and start birth control. You’ve asked a family member to join you, and together you wait for the nurse to call your name for the appointment. Fifteen minutes go by. Twenty minutes. Twenty-five. You’re … [Read more...]