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The ‘Difficult’ Patient

We have come so far as a society in human rights and the acceptance of others. I have been lucky enough to see gay people allowed the right to marry, and for our country to have our first black president. Of course we...

How Changing One Word Can Make Someone With...

For as long as I can remember, I’ve tried to separate my depression from me. I demonized it and made it this big villain that wasn’t a part of me — it was a battle I had to fight, an enemy I had to destroy. Time and...

My Journey From Nonverbal Autism to Public Speaking

A parent recently reached out to me on my Facebook Page A Special Community and asked me a question that I haven’t been asked in a very long time. She asked, “Where were you considered on the autism spectrum when you...

Why I’m Grateful as a Canadian With a...

Living with a disability can be challenging, and sometimes it can be very difficult to find reasons to be grateful in spite of that disability. With all the stories circulating on social media about the struggles and...

Why I’m Not Laughing At ‘The Hustle’ as...

At 21, I have accumulated several diagnoses, including autism and borderline personality disorder. Unfortunately, I had to go a couple of residential facilities for my mental health. It got to a point where I couldn’t...

How to Imagine What Brain Fog Feels Like

The other day I was trying to explain brain fog to someone who’s been healthy their whole life. All the descriptions I’ve found online are woefully inadequate. To paraphrase a few sources: Brain fog is a symptom of...

What It Feels Like to Tread the Waters...

I tread water in the freezing sea. The sounds of the waves cresting and the wind howling are drowned out by the anguished cries of those around me. My limbs feel heavy. The cold pierces my muscles, chilling me to the...

6 Tips for Anyone Newly Diagnosed With Lyme...

“My guess was correct. Your blood work shows you have Lyme disease,” says my doctor. My brows furrow in bewilderment. “What?” I respond. “That can’t be possible… I’ve never been bitten by a tick.” Yep, that’s how it...

How Living With a Chronic Illness Is Like...

If you were to ask someone what their chronic illness felt like, you’d probably be expecting an answer of symptoms. A long list probably. But this is what chronic illness feels like to me. Imagine the home you live in...

15 Celebrities You May Not Know Live With...

It can be hard to open up about a mental health condition. In recent years, however, mental health conversations have moved from private spaces to the public stage, with celebrities and other public figures speaking...

The Mental Health Lessons I Didn’t Get a...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month; I would like to think this is an opportunity for people to acknowledge the phrase “mental health” is not something to feel skittish about, it’s not something to avoid, or hide...

19 Songs That Help People Keep Powering Through...

You can’t always put your cancer experience into words. Sometimes, a song sums up how you’re feeling when you can’t quite describe it. Other times, a song gives you a boost of encouragement and “you got this” vibes at...

My Tribe Is the Only Reason I Continue...

Did the surgeon just say I had three cancers at once? That can’t be right, I think. I try opening my eyes wider to look coherent, which is laughable while on Dilaudid in a hospital bed. The doctors keep sharing...

Please Don’t Judge My Kid on the Autism...

My family and I were out with family and friends celebrating Mother’s Day in a popular Mexican restaurant in our town. We sat down, ordered drinks and our food. The adults enjoyed conversations and most of the kids...

What I Wish I Could Change for My...

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Neibuhr I’m sure many people have heard of the Serenity prayer. There...

Autism: How My Son Is Changing the Conversation

My son, Noah, was diagnosed with autism last summer. Autism isn’t as scary as it may sound. Unfortunately, it is one of the most commonly misunderstood diagnoses and I want to shed some light on the lesser-known sides...

16 Memes That Might Make You Laugh If...

If you live with a mental illness like anxiety, depression or borderline personality disorder (BPD), you might be familiar with existential dread. For those who don’t know, existential dread simply refers to those...

As ER Wait Times Grow, More Patients Leave...

By Phillip Reese Emergency room patients increasingly leave California hospitals against medical advice, and experts say crowded ERs are likely to blame. About 352,000 California ER visits in 2017 ended when patients...