Posts in Healing
I'm Still Disabled (And I'm Okay With That)

My diabetes diagnosis hit me like a bag of bricks. It followed months of increasingly terrifying panic attacks coming on any time I ate or drank. I thought I was dying. I left notes to family members and friends in case I didn’t make it through the night. I was terrified of laying down to try and sleep because I was convinced it’d be the absolute death of me.

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Compassion (Fatigue) in the Land of So Much Suffering Pt. 1

Compassion fatigue is hitting my entire generation and all the folks younger than us, even when we aren’t directly engaged in a traditional sense with trauma work. I don’t know any of us who aren’t engaged in healing the trauma of ourselves and the marginalized communities we relate to. I don’t know any of us who aren’t in constant shock at the world our parents and grandparents daily find new ways to pillage and burn. We might not be firefighters or nurses, we might ‘just be’ writers or ‘keyboard warriors’, but we fucking feel it. To be attuned to the state of this world is to be aware of crisis at all times, to intimately bear witness to so much suffering, and to find yourself struggling to stay afloat amidst it.

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Facing Ecological Grief Together

The catastrophe colloquially called ‘climate change’ is matched in immensity by the breadth of human emotional responses to it. From denial to numbness to anger and everything else, we are intimately feeling our planet’s health. But the more I write about this, the more I realize that identifying the problem isn’t really the answer we need most right now.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s a definite time to write educational pieces, alarming pieces, and articles that confront the scale of our situation to keep us humble, informed, and ready to take action. But that’s the key: don’t we need to spend this precious time doing something about our environmental problems, rather than just talking about them?

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