I have stopped using this blog and moved somewhere else! Come visit me on my new blog! My reasons for moving… I started elusive healing about 2 years ago as a way to begin processing all the big changes in my life wrought by my illness. This has been an amazingly helpful space for processing feelings and figuring my shit out, being raw and angry and emotional, and it has been a necessary and productive and comforting space in which to cope with the liminality of pre-diagnosis (oops my anthropology is showing).
However: 1) it has the word ‘healing’ in the title; and 2) It is full of swear words.
Swear words are an excellent form of expression, and I wholly support using them. But… my graduate funding runs out as of April 2016 and I am trying to transition into finding paid writing jobs. In order to do that, I probably ought to have a slightly more professional looking website, so that’s reason number 2.
Reason number 1 is more feelingsy: I have come to kind of loath having ‘healing’ in the domain name/url/title of this blog. I feel like striving towards ‘healing’ is completely at odds with the necessity of coming to terms with the permanent nature of chronic illness, and, while it’s true that I can (partially) manage my symptoms through diet and medications, it is also true that I will never be ‘healed’. Chronic illness is forever. It’s important for me to come to terms with that and stop striving for something I will always inevitably fail to achieve. So new blog. New url.
My new blog will still be full of being vulnerable on the internet and calling out ableist bullshit, except I plan to look like a fancy qualified writer/academic (but not boring) while I do it.
The new blog will be updated weekly (ish). Some things I plan to write about:
- Resources for Spoonies & resources for friends & family;
- Chronic/invisible illness & relationships: Significant others, friendships, new frictions; the burden of explanation, accessible fun times with your chronically ill friend, alternatives to small talk
- Chronic illness & ableism, microaggressions
- Chronic illness & critical reflections on activism/organizing/anarchism/feminism, e.g. Ableism, privilege & discourses around ‘dropping out’, as well as feminism, self sufficiency, dependency, and internalized ableism
- Teaching & Chronic illness: tips for TAs, lectures & studies
- Book reviews/Spoonie Book Club (r/t representations of chronic illness in literature)
- Ask the Chronically Ill Anthropologist (Send me your questions!)
- Reflections on the liminal space of pre-diagnosis
- Chronic Illness, Disability and Intersectional Oppressions: Sexism, class, addictions, effects of childhood trauma on health; Chronic illness and racism, heteronormativity, gender (non-binary) – I will be sharing links to other bloggers, videos and resources, and in the months to come I hope to expand to include guest posts and/or interviews
Thanks as always for reading, and hope you like the new writings!