Documinitary: Disabled Dog Teaches Her Favorite Coping Skill … on an Epic Adventure

5 Jun
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#Amicasmells: The Movie Last year, my dog Amica and I wandered around the United States (mostly the wild west) for 10 weeks. There were plenty of reasons behind the trip, some I knew going in, and some I didn’t know...
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My 3-Item “Reset Mantra” When Legit Trying is Too Hard

10 Apr
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How ’bout all those positive messages and happy how-tos that I write about? Look, I understand that pretty much everything in life is easier said than done. And sometimes, being positive is just too flippin’ hard. Right now is one...
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My livelihood caught coronavirus … and died from it.

13 Mar
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I would rather have the coronavirus than have what it has done to me. I’m used to my body enduring illness. It’s my everyday life. Having something that’ll actually go away sounds nice. What coronavirus has done to me is...
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Invisible Illness as an Excuse?

20 Feb
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“You use that as an excuse for everything,” she said. We were on the phone, and I was struggling to speak, stumbling and just getting words wrong. She teased me about it, and I told her it was because of...
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Documinitary: Adenturing to Tennessee to Speak at My Alma Mater

10 Jan
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Last September was a dream come true. As a professional speaker at colleges, it was logically a goal to speak at my alma mater, and I finally had the chance to do so. Not only did I get to speak...
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What “Passing” Means to a Disabled Person

24 Oct
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My busy season has yielded some great ideas. More than ever, I’m actively revising and tweaking my presentations before each college visit. These changes come out of things like Q&A sessions, special advance requests, ad libs while I’m speaking …...
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What is “Illness Shaming”? … and How to Knock It Off

6 Sep
Christina Irene in Press Enterprise
I want to talk about stigma. When I do my presentations, I actually come out and outright reject the word stigma, because the actual definition is something like, “a mark of disgrace.” Yeah, that this someone has an actual mark...
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4 Ways I Reset My Optimism During a Flare

26 Apr
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I’ve finished a marathon. In the last 12 weeks, I spoke in 5 states: at 11 college campuses and 1 Native pueblo. I debuted a brand new program and customized existing programs for unique audiences, like non-native-English speakers and veterans....
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