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How I’ve Lived

Before I was born, this was the situation: my mom, my dad, my dad’s mother, and my dad’s grandfather lived in what was left of a small house in rural north-central Florida. …

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Medical History

My mom, Barbara, had been ill for a very, very long time. She had an amazing work ethic, and she valued that about herself. I admired it about her, and I emulated it.

It was a necessary thing, and it is for many people. She was diagnosed with rectal cancer…

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While these are not the only talks that have changed my worldview, they are talks I see as being incredibly noteworthy in one way or another. Therefore, I feel a strong desire to share them with others. Please enjoy!

How electroshock therapy changed me

Speaker: Sherwin Nuland
Tags: Medicine, Psychiatry, Mental health, Depression
Why it matters…

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It takes jumping through countless hoops to get treatment for chronic pain, and I had one psychiatric nurse practitioner tell me I couldn’t possibly have ADHD because I held a four-year degree and was in grad school at age 22. No Adderall or Percocet or Modafinil or B-12 injections, not…

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The paradox of freedom and safety is that you can never have both perfect freedom and perfect safety at the same time. In order to be protected, some amount of freedom must be lost in the bargain. …

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Most people want to improve themselves in some way. Whether it’s mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, or otherwise, there is a very human-y thing in us that asks the question, “What next?”

It can drive us to consume, to always want the next, newest, shiniest toys and gadgets. A lot of…

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00. Preamble

I did receive the first two economic impact payments, abbreviated EIP1 and EIP2, so I know that the infrastructure is there, so to speak. My monthly payouts from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) each include “TREAS” in their description, so I know these agencies are…

[Warning: contains medical kerfufflery and a lot of talk about death and dying, in case that wasn’t clear.]

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It may be a controversial opinion, but I truly am in favor of assisted suicide under certain circumstances. If the person knows that their illness has no effective treatment, or that the…

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The first thing you have to understand about my mom is that she needed an advocate by her side, and the first thing you have to know about me is that I didn’t trust anyone else to do it.

Years ago, that might not have been possible. But there seems…

This is a story in three parts. It chronicles three times when I had physical symptoms that led to surprising, real-world revelations in my little universe of one.

Is intuition something you’re born with? Can it be trained? …

London Graves

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