Category Archives: disease

Carrie Fisher, Chronic Illness, and Having a Sensayuma

When I learned that Carrie Fisher had died early yesterday, I did what most people who know me would expect: I sat in front of this laptop and I cried. “It’s what I do.” Now…see if  you can sense the … Continue reading

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Body and Body and Mind

One theory I heard long ago: physical illness is simply a way of subterfuge. The idea is that all illnesses are of the mind, of the improperly analyzed psyche, and that psychotherapy can rid us of our supposed physical maladies. This … Continue reading

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In memory of Lucy Grealy

Several years ago, while teaching at a community college in northern New Jersey, I scanned the textbook looking for essays I might use as writing prompts. I found an excerpt from a book called Autobiography of a Face by an … Continue reading

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Chronic Illness vs The Medical Establishment

First, the artwork. I considered using Eduard Munch’s “The Scream.” But by now, that’s probably the most overused and parodied piece of art from any period. So what I have here: a drawing by the English novelist, William Makepeace Thackeray. No … Continue reading

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What replaces pain?

The steroid shot worked for awhile. Time for another one, on October 30. Just in time to pour boiling lead on the little peasants who come around for trick-or-treat. The prospect is nothing apocalyptic this time. Show up an hour early, get … Continue reading

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