I wrote about how my understanding of disability has shifted from internal to external and how that’s affected my ability to get support.
A little smarts and hard work and luck can’t make my chronically ill body “productive.” Even if they did, it would only make it alright for me – and that’s not good or fair. Telling those stories for so long made dealing with the reality of living-with-chronic-illness-under-capitalism/being disabled and past traumas really difficult. As soon as I decided the problem wasn’t me, but the response of people and systems to me, I stopped getting funding. As Dr. Sara Ahmed says, “when you expose a problem, you po
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June 1, 2017
Deleting all of the data and half the analyses associated with your PhD and not realizing it for 20 minutes while RStudio keeps telling you the files you’re working on don’t exist. All praise to the glories of git and … Continue reading
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 19, 2015
This guy Frobisher goes the Arctic to find the Northwest passage and totally fails, but he finds some rocks that he thinks may have coal or gold or something in them. So he brings them back to good old England … Continue reading
April 4, 2015
Several times a year, I look at my overall income and then my savings account and feel like a terrible, wasteful, spendy person. I think, given how much I’m making, I should have been able to save $X. And then … Continue reading
September 4, 2014
Last week, I plodded slowly up the hill below my house, grunting with relief when my run timer went off before the steepest incline. Another runner bounded by me, and I had a moment of jealousy. But then I saw … Continue reading
June 2, 2014
When I initially finished my PhD proposal, I wrote this lackluster post, but after a month of sitting with my accomplishment I am super proud. At first I was just sort of ashamed that it took me 2.3 years into my … Continue reading