Hi! My name is Colleen, and I’m pretty ordinary. I’m a professor and librarian, a poet, a daughter, a friend, an ex-wife, and mom to an adorable basset hound named Igor. I’ve also been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis and fibromyalgia, autoimmune diseases that impact my life in myriad ways. That’s what I’m here to talk about. And since everyone has an opinion on what I should be doing about it, my inside joke with other chronically ill folks is to let them know we should all probably just rub kale on it and we’d feel better. I was thrilled to find out that I was not alone in working to live with these illnesses, and by being “out,” I hope to make others with similar disabilities feel less alone and for those who live, love, and work with us feel like they can know me better.
Remember that I am not a doctor (IANAD), I am not a lawyer (IANAL), I am just me. My posts and opinions here are my own and do not reflect those of my employer, my mom, my friends, my dog, or anyone else. They especially don’t reflect the feelings, preferences, or desires of anyone else in the chronically ill and disabled community but myself. These are just recountings, opinions, and reflections of my personal experience as a woman with a chronic illness and occasionally-invisible disability.