Disability Tropes 101: Chronic Complainers and Hypochondriacs
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Disability Tropes 101: Chronic Complainers and Hypochondriacs

“With Edna, illness is a hobby.” Murder She Wrote, “Harbinger of Death” This is a trope that is likely familiar to most readers and TV viewers. It is one where anyone’s symptoms of illness or disability are rejected as hypochondriasis or a general attitude of “chronic complaining.” This trope constructs the disabled person as someone … Continue reading

All the Parts of Me
Fibromyalgia / Getting support / Living fully / ME/CFS / Myalgic Encephalomyalitis / Spoonie Challenges / Writing journey

All the Parts of Me

I don’t know about you, but many doctors have told me that besides my having myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), I’m in good health. My primary care doctor prescribes drugs for general pain, muscle spasms, severe headaches, allergic eyes, dry eyes, breathing difficulties, dry mucus membranes, and add to that anti-inflammatory meds and the list goes on. … Continue reading