My chronic illness is too rare, too non-lethal, to warrant much attention. There is no designated global fundraising day, no readily identifiable ribbons to adorn, and certainly no coordinated, corporate-supported, coloured grocery and apparel items to purchase. Were it not for a brief moment of pop culture notoriety as an unintentional running gag cum drinking […]
Here’s the thing about chronic illness, even one from which you’ve supposedly recovered. It makes you paranoid. Years of feeling like crap, of seemingly endless medical appointments, of ineffective treatments, and of adjusted lifestyle messes with your mind. Ailments once dismissed as being “all in your head” eventually do get there. You become overly cautious, […]
Resolution 6 – That Bit About Losing Weight
6 I will lose 20 pounds by July 1st First of all, I need to correct a most unpatriotic error in this resolution. I hereby properly assert that I will lose 9.07185 kg by July 1st. It’s high time we Canadians fully embraced the metric system we’ve been halfheartedly flirting with for the past forty-five […]
OK, So Maybe I Am Cured?
One person commenting that I look healthier is an anomaly. Two people commenting that I look healthier is a coincidence. But three…three people commenting that I look healthier is most definitely a trend. Either something really has changed recently or I was one sick looking son of a bitch for a long time! Or, I […]
Will I Be Smart or Will I Be Pretty?
Wow! You folks are an optimistic bunch. I lead off my last letter with a sarcastic (I thought) rant about “being cured” of Sarcoidosis despite still feeling like crap and you all respond with joy and congratulations and talk of miracles. If ever there was an example of the limitations of the written word (or […]
Prescription for Disaster: The funny side of falling apart – Review
My wife and I were huge fans of the TV show House. We watched every week for all eight seasons and if we did miss an episode we dutifully downloaded it from a torrent site (did I just incriminate myself?) and watched it on the computer as soon as possible. I was already dealing with […]