September is Pain Awareness Month

It’s that time of year again. Back to school supplies have been replaced with Halloween decorations in Target’s seasonal aisles. Basic girls in their twenties, pretending they’re professional photographers, are staging pumpkin spice lattes on tables, snapping pictures of their overpriced coffees, swiping right until landing on the perfect filter, and then posting their faux … Continue reading September is Pain Awareness Month

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A Poem (Plus Stage Directions): Why Teachers Can’t Remember Names at the Beginning of the Year

Mrs Ram: [After much reflection, Mrs. Ram realizes she’s called a student Alyssa instead of Allie the entire class period. Allie never once corrected Mrs. Ram. Mrs. Ram pulls Allie aside after class ends.] Hey Allie, Mrs. Ram apologizes profoundly for messing up your first name so soundly. Please realize my dear, at the beginning … Continue reading A Poem (Plus Stage Directions): Why Teachers Can’t Remember Names at the Beginning of the Year

Is That My Invisible Illness, Am I Dying, or Is It Something Less Drastic Than Death but Still Needs To Be Treated?

It’s three days before the new school year starts, and I have E. coli. For real. The bad E. coli--where antibiotics are necessary. Want to know what floors me? I was oblivious to the severity of the matter until Wednesday evening when my doctor’s office called and informed me. You’re probably thinking to yourself, Mrs. … Continue reading Is That My Invisible Illness, Am I Dying, or Is It Something Less Drastic Than Death but Still Needs To Be Treated?