https://soundcloud.com/sunny-ammerman/what-pe-taught-me-about-my-rare-disease I had originally planned for this article to be about my history of failing Physical Education (PE) classes. I suspected that because I was not properly educated on the health issues caused by my rare disease at the time, and had an inability to exercise like my peers, that this had a negative impact … Continue reading What PE taught me about my Rare Disease
When someone breaks their arm, they can easily look down and see that it's broken. Reassurance that the pain and discomfort they are feeling isn't just in their head is constantly there if they just look at their mangled limb. Yep, there's my cast. I saw the X-Ray, my arm is in really bad shape. … Continue reading When chronic illness makes you gaslight yourself
It has been a hectic past few months. H E C T I C . I was transitioned from the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) version of Medicaid to Traditional Medicaid, and the change created some chaos with the coverage of one of my important medications, Growth Hormone. I am GH deficient (among other things), so I … Continue reading Life updates ahoy! (+”Subtember”)
Thanks for joining me for the birthday stream! I had an awesome time. There were so many laughs all through the night, I lost track of time and didn't realize until the end that I had streamed for three hours straight! I feel like absolute hell this morning, but it was SOO worth it! ❤ … Continue reading Birthday success!
🚨 Stream Announcement 🚨I’m always cautious about making plans to schedule a stream because my body likes to be as spontaneous as I am 🤣 but I wanted to give you guys a heads up that a couple friends and I are planning on having a special rare disease awareness stream on August 14th starting … Continue reading Upcoming Rare Disease Awareness Stream
I completed a new painting today. I used a combination of watercolor, acrylics, and oil markers on a 24x48" wrapped canvas. It will be on display at the Whitewater Valley Arts Association's regional show this May. I have not decided yet whether or not I will be selling it. This is a commentary on what … Continue reading New painting, “Chronic”, playfully showcases life with chronic illness
Up until now, there were no sponsored posts or advertisements that made them any money off of my stories. Now it looks like that is changing, and I feel betrayed.
“I felt guilty because I myself have been exposed to the (incorrect, mind you) preconceived notion that if I can not work, I should not be able to do anything physical, ever.”
Today is Rare Disease Day! The theme for this year is #ShowYourStripes, which I love because of its reference to the term “zebra”, which many of us with rare disorders call ourselves. This comes from the old phrase physicians turn to when dealing with patients; “when you hear hoofprints, think ‘horse’, not ‘zebra’.” This mindset (while reasonable) … Continue reading Rare Disease Day 2019
It may seem a little silly for someone who struggles with a disability to "set goals". I think that for the most part, society expects disabled individuals to just sit at home and do nothing. They can't work. They can't do the same things neurotypical folks can do, so why would they focus on setting … Continue reading Setting goals for 2019