Illness is the space where I came to understand the limitations of my being. It’s a lesson we all learn but one I learned harshly and twice, first watching my mother and then enduring my own suffering. Now I know that I can lie down for hours without moving. I can meditate. I can stare at the wall and not despair. If I discovered something redemptive in this experience, it’s that capacity for stillness.
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I have a post up today on Tenure, She Wrote about structural financial barriers in academia for chronically ill graduate students.
If a worker is less productive, should they be paid less? This is not an abstract question for me.
As a sick graduate student, I take longer to produce academic products like papers and degrees than the average well graduate student. Instead of the 4-5 years expected for a PhD student here, I’ll likely take 6-7 years. Additionally, my living expenses are higher because of my illness; despite living in a country with socialized medicine, I still have thousands and thousands of dollars a year in uncovered medical expenses.
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August 24, 2016
I started a new drug at the end of January – micronor – with the hopes that it would help with the increase in severe migraine attacks I get around my period. I then promptly had 3 periods in 2 … Continue reading
August 17, 2016
I whine about people not taking migraine seriously, but we’re pretty shit at properly caring for any sick people who are not rich as god. A few months ago I was in line at the grocery store behind a construction … Continue reading
August 15, 2016
Everything would be easier if you just didn’t exist.
August 11, 2016
So I was interviewing someone to clean my house since I’m too sick to do it myself. I made the mistake of mentioning my migraine and was treated to a mini-lecture on how I could cure my migraine if I … Continue reading
August 10, 2016
Read lots of scientific papers Collect data Make graphs Write an agenda and script Practice presentation Intense hope and fear