REPOST: Navigating Our Internal Journeys of Loss & Adversity (Podcast)

One night as I was laying awake with some pain & then just also feeling tired of all this, I decided to distract myself with a podcast.

Most people know I’m a huge fan of Tim Lawrence’s blog, “The Adversity Within”.  I’ve even linked back to a few of his blog entries that I’ve found helpful when I’m going through a challenging time or feeling off.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT:When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough: Loving Each Other Better

I’ve shared some of Megan Devine’s work before here in my blog in the past & I absolutely love her approach to dealing with pain & grief in life.

I follow her on Twitter & whenever I’m having a rough time, I scroll through her timeline & can always find something that helps me deal with those tough moments.

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Interesting News From Trib Live: Rethinking Care After Lung Transplants Might Lead To Longer Lives

I want to thank Emily Webb from HelpHopeLive for the lead on this important news article.

It points out some important issues that need to be addressed, especially early on after transplant surgery.

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To Tat or Not to Tat (Part II): There’s Always A Work Around…

So in a previous blog post, I mentioned how I asked my transplant team if I could get a tattoo.

I understood why they told me no but I was disappointed.  Yet as usual, I find my own creative ways around disappointments.

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A Very Interesting Read…

Yesterday was my birthday.  I turned 39.

So I am pushing up the hill & at the top, but not over it…

I have grappling hooks at the ready because I plan on camping out here awhile.

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Article: Massachusetts Lawmakers Seek Protections Against Discrimination In Organ Transplants

I want to thank my friend, twitter buddy, & disability advocate Gregg Beratan for tweeting me this article.  I also came across it in my google alert.

It’s an important subject to discuss.

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Why Are You Complaining? Some People Actually Feel That Way: A Critique of Me Before You

I first met Kim Sauder on Twitter. Shortly after, I started following her blog here on WordPress. She has articulated so well here my thoughts on the problem I have with Hollywood’s portrayals of disability in general. I have always had an issue with writing, media & film that portray a disability as something to be ashamed of or intimidated by. Kim outlines this so well here that I think most people may finally be able to understand why this issue is so upsetting to be excluded, stereotyped, & generalized this way in the media. That’s why I chose to reblog this post today. I have several thoughts going on my head but many of them just serve as resounding echo to the issues that Kim has raised here, so I’ll just let her words stand on their own & be taken in. I hope they will speak just as strongly to your heart & mind as they did to mine.


Warning: This post includes comprehensive spoilers for the book Me Before You, a book that deals with disability and assisted suicide. It also deals with sexual assault.

It has taken me months to get all the way through Jojo Moyes’ 2012 novel Me Before You. This protrated reading can be explained by two things. I’m a PhD student and don’t have a lot of free time for reading anything that isn’t directly related to my studies and the fact that this book made me feel violently ill. I hated it, well before I got to the ending. The only reason I finished it is because the movie adaptation is coming out next month and I felt the need to thoroughly explain why it is so problematic and why I find the excitement over the movie adaptation so troubling.

I only became aware of the existence of this book after the…

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Chicago Tribune Feature: Loyola Physician Believed To Be Only Doctor To Be Both An Organ Donor & Recipient

I posted this article awhile ago to my Facebook wall, but I feel it’s worth a share to my blog for the novelty of it.

This doctor understands all too well both sides of the transplant coin.

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