On August 18, 2013, I suddenly felt dizzy. It had been a nice Sunday afternoon. The hanging plants on my balcony were slowly swinging in the breeze, and I remember ad [...]
I did it again. I walked out of worship. This time it was during prayer. I gathered my things, scooted out of my pew, and headed for the parking lot. The usher in the [...]
Imagine this: a hidden bacterium that slowly proliferates, spreading through your tissues and organs and joints, hiding in your brainstem, affecting your mood and dig [...]
Mother: Jenny Klonowski
Baby: Ella Mae Klonowski
Date of Birth: December 2, 2016
Location: Michigan, U.S.A.
It took me a while to warm up to the idea of having kids. Deep dow[...]
Indian Australians and Sikh Australians are not a new part of Australian society.
My cultural heritage is important to me. I speak Hindi, I celebrate Diwali, I can make aloo[...]
On April 24, 2014, my world was turned upside down, and ever since then I’ve had this huge, raw, gaping wound that I fear will never truly heal.
A few weeks prior, I found o[...]
It’s not often that I get within striking distance of a place that has had a unique hold on my imagination for many, many years. A place that seems to be on the boundary betwee[...]
July had always been my favorite month, but July 2004 changed all that. I’d been married two years and was headed toward Splitsville. One minute I was daydreaming about buying [...]
In my life, I have dated men from all walks, nationalities, languages, and accents, while travelling and in my own cosmopolitan city, Toronto. I'm attracted to kind souls and a[...]
I’ve been going over this scenario in my mind. Rolling it over and over and trying to make sense of the aftermath. Not all things can be made sense of. Sometimes I think that i[...]
I suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, and IBS. On top of these three invisible illnesses, I also suffer from two mental illnesses: clinical depression and a se[...]
It was July 3, 2004, just another day that should have been full of nothing but fun and excitement. I was seventeen years old and wanting to do something fun with my friends. J[...]
During my recent trip to Nigeria, I saw the persistence of the signs of a society that was ailing badly. It is no big surprise when the recession and depression that the people[...]
For so long I have worried, stressed, and cared more about how I could take care of everyone else’s problems. How I could help them? How I could make them realize the changes t[...]
This is how I remember you.
I remember your laugh. I remember how your smile made me feel like I was home. I remember the smell of your Red Door perfume, and how it clung to[...]
1:23 a.m. rolls around and five of us are seated in the back of an operating room staff lounge. We were the second of three organ procurement teams to arrive on site at a Podun[...]
I am a pretty positive person, in general. So when I woke one morning with a sense that something terrible was going to happen in my world, I was worried. I couldn’t shake it. [...]
Recently, I sorted through paperwork accumulated since our two adopted kids arrived, five years ago this September. Every medical document, communication with social workers, s[...]
A man who looked just like my grandfather walked into the bakery where I was grabbing a treat for my son. When I saw him, my heart sank and I had a difficult time catching my b[...]
I am not a well person.
While I’ve had endometriosis since I was sixteen, and I’ve had asthma since forever, my long-term more “serious” chronic health issues are far more r[...]
"The most important thing a girl wears is her confidence."
Like many young women in this world, throughout my life I have struggled with insecurity and the ability to feel confi[...]
I love telling people that I am a hospice social worker. They’ll quickly say, “You are an angel.” Gay men throw their arms around me. And I confess, sometimes I even wear my ho[...]
There has been a running joke among my friends and exes throughout the years to never let me near a gun. I’ve often laughed along, poking fun at my horrible aim, and friends re[...]
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