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minion - [ profile] teratomarty uses this word to talk about friends of his from fandom who are younger than him and who he mentors. My own equivalent of that is [ profile] csixballistics. She and I have been friends for more than a year now despite never having met face to face - something I would have thought to be impossible once upon a time. I help her write, and we give each other a lot of emotional support, and she tells me lightbulb jokes.

incognito Incognito is the word hidden in my current default user pic, one that I made in hopes of creating an icon that would represent something of how I feel about wearing headscarves. Here is a link to the article that contributed greatly to my thinking about that, Refusing Identification.

novel This fall I have been working a lot on using resources that I already have in new and novel ways. For instance, by turning my old laptop into a fake desktop and using it for backup storage of the important files on my new laptop.

rotor I think you've all noticed my recent interest in SM Stirling's Change series. This has also kindled a deeper interest in sustainability and emergency preparedness. Cattle-drawn rotors are mentioned as an important piece of technology in the post-Change world. I am reading When Technology Fails and I am thinking about what skills and objects I would like to have available to me in event of an emergency.

elysium The word Elysium makes me think of a book I read a while back, a scholarly examination of the cult of Dionysus. One of the central questions of the book is whether psychotropic drugs were consumed as part of these worship practices. The book is The God Who Comes: Dionysian Mysteries Revisited by Rosemarie Taylor-Perry.

Thanks, [ profile] veek, that was fun! Leave a comment to get five words yourself.
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Why? Go here if you don't know what that means.

1. The illness I live with is: PTSD and migraines - I have two! The PTSD is more limiting so I'll talk about that for the rest of these questions.
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 1998
3. But I had symptoms since: As far back as I can remember.
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Really changing the way I deal with my family.
5. Most people assume: I worry people think I'm being selfish or self-indulgent for not "taking a pill and getting over it."
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Seeing everyone around me go to their normal jobs and feeling like I'm not up to it.
7. My favorite medical TV show is: Ugh, I hate medical TV shows with a blinding passion.
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My feeling scale, which I created myself based on ideas from the book Hello, Cruel World!
9. The hardest part about nights are: The nights when I'm too scared to go to bed are the worst.
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. : I don't take any pills for my PTSD and I never have. I do take four a day for my migraines.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: I've tried a lot of things in the past ten years. There's no magic bullet. Acupuncture helps a bit.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Visible. I feel really alone in this sometimes.
13. Regarding working and career: I had to change my job to one that was mostly very flexible about hours. I still can't work anywhere near as much as I would like to.
14. People would be surprised to know: Recovering from trauma is not self-indulgent, it's fucking hard work you don't get paid for.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been: People spend decades trying to heal from this sort of thing. There are no short fixes. I've spent ten years and I'm not even close to done.
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was: I don't really think that way. If I've got to do something, then I find a way. But it did surprise me I was able to get my own business started and in the black.
17. The commercials about my illness: Mostly have to do with veterans. A lot of people, myself included, have trauma from other sources (especially in places like the US where war is not a daily reality for most people).
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is: Uncomplicated sex with guys. Having intercourse without it having to be a big deal.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: My financial independence.
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Crochet. I started to get a little stir crazy, so I had [ profile] catskillz teach me.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: Have a lot of sex, maybe go to an event that was really crowded like a concert.
22. My illness has taught me: You can't control your life. Actually it's an awesome lesson, one I really needed. It helped me to stop worrying about a lot of things.
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: "You're not leaving the party already?" Trust me, I already feel bad enough when I walk out early.
24. But I love it when people: Respect how much I want to say about things.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is: "Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave." - Rainier Maria Rilke
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them: This isn't the end. You're still you.
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is: People really can't tell. They just assume you're fine.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was: [ profile] trouble4hire rocked my world helping me come up with an action plan for times when I don't feel good.
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because: It's too invisible.
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel: supported.
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