I have a long list of illnesses (see it here). In 1995 when I was fifteen, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (a disease of the large intestine), and I lived with it for seventeen years. In 2010, it spread and advanced to a severe diagnosis. I spent a year on a roller-coaster of intensive immunosuppressive drug therapies, only to end up requiring surgery to remove my large intestine and replace it with a j-pouch. After surviving three surgeries, I developed fibromyalgia, the most debilitating illness of all. (Read "The Spoon Theory" to understand more.) Below are the detailed accounts of my ups and downs on this journey.

Friday, September 13, 2013

J on Wheels

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Pulling all my old roller derby gear out of retirement.


I'm the one in the striped thigh-highs with the #3 on my helmet.                                




















Dancing and workin' it out on my skates, trying to help
my team raise enough money to go to nationals.

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