• Getting the COVID Vaccine with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: My Experience

    Getting the COVID Vaccine with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis: My Experience

    “I feel like Batman beat me up,” a teacher friend told me a day after she received her second COVID vaccine.

    “Adam West Batman or Ben Affleck Batman?”

    “Christian Bale hockey pants Batman.”

    True. Freaking. Statement.

    I can confirm: the second (Pfizer) vaccination side effects are rather unpleasant, especially when you already exist in a state of chronic inflammation. It’s so incredibly worth it, though. TL;DR? Get your vaccine.

  • In Sickness: Hell is the absence of the ones you love.

    In Sickness: Hell is the absence of the ones you love.

    There is talk of letting the virus run its course. Of murdering people in the name of “herd immunity”. Tell me: If someone goes to an understaffed, overworked, jam-packed hospital ER with no beds available and not enough surgeons to go around, then ends up dying from neglect because it’s the best the medical staff can offer during the height of a preventable second massive wave of a pandemic, is that counted as a COVID death?

  • I Miss Travel & Strangers I Haven’t Met

    I Miss Travel & Strangers I Haven’t Met

    Adventures await us on the other side of this pandemic. I can’t help it if I’m a little impatient, though.

  • Exercising with Hypothyroidism: My Reality is Not My “Excuse”

    Exercising with Hypothyroidism: My Reality is Not My “Excuse”

    “Tired? Aren’t you jazzed and energized from all that dancing?” she asked, since she’d seen me clumsily bouncing and spinning in a tired circle through the front window. “Exercise always gets me going!” I laughed in reply; I have had this conversation more times and with more people than I can count.

  • Love, Hiding in Plain Sight

    Love, Hiding in Plain Sight

    Oscar Wilde claimed that there are but two tragedies in this life: 1. not getting what you want, and 2. actually getting it. Then, I suppose, there are the two most incredible joys: the unexpected treasures and experiences that simply drop into your lap one day… and the ones you didn’t know you had waiting for you all along.

  • My Grief Diet: Saying “No” To Emotional Whiplash

    My Grief Diet: Saying “No” To Emotional Whiplash

    Apparently, one of the keys to managing this lovely autoimmune condition of mine is to lower the amount of stress I experience on a daily basis. Anyone with even half of shred of humanity right now is feeling the massive suck of the deplorable gravity that is the greater wide world right now. Our collective […]

  • On Existence: The Legacies We Leave

    On Existence: The Legacies We Leave

    I take no issue in finding my own reasons for being here. I exist to learn hard lessons from some and to teach hard lessons to others; I am here to love and bring joy to those beings who treasure and shelter my soul; and, like every good soul in this world, I exist to […]

  • Thyroid Misdiagnosis: How I (Eventually) Got Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

    Thyroid Misdiagnosis: How I (Eventually) Got Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

    “Hmm, it looks like your Hashimoto’s antibodies are still high.” “Wait–I have Hashimoto’s?” I demanded. “I thought I just had hypothyroidism!” “Oh, yes. You have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.” He then continued talking, like he hadn’t just dropped the bomb that I had an autoimmune disease.