Traveling While Disabled: Invisible Disability Discrimination

Disability discrimination comes in many forms, including the backward sort of discrimination which involves assorted community gatekeepers deciding you’re not disabled enough to receive appropriate accommodations. I read this piece about travelers who are more severely mobility impaired than I am who have had to fight with airlines for replacement of their damaged mobility devices and […]

Stories Told? Dreams on Hold.

I have some stories that need to be told But life comes along to put my dreams on hold I know my fellow writers see this rhyme scheme as lazy But it’s all I can think of – isn’t that crazy? It helps if you imagine this being read by Lin-Manuel Though I’m neither poet […]

The Terrifying Weekend I Lost My Mind

Crazy is one of those words that those of us who are mentally ill may use to self-describe from time to time, but it’s generally considered offensive if anyone else uses it to describe us. But I only thought I knew what I was talking about any time I used the word before Sunday, November […]

Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks and 15 Years of Mental Illness

Fifteen years ago, I remember sitting at my computer desk in our old apartment when the phone rang. I have no idea what I was doing at my computer – and the internet wasn’t like it is today. We may have even had dial-up internet service at the time, which means I wasn’t online when my mom […]

Trey Pennington, Social Media, and Silently Suffering with Depression

This post originally appeared on ChristinaGleason.com on September 8, 2011. I am republishing it for the fifth anniversary of Trey Pennington’s death, with some edits to reflect changes in my personal social media accounts. Pretty much everyone in the industry now knows that Trey Pennington committed suicide over the weekend. It came as a shock to […]

Why All ‘Healthy Living’ Books are Inherently Classist and Ableist

When you’re chronically ill like I am, you are willing to try almost anything for even a little bit of relief from your daily burden of pain and other symptoms. Whether you try natural remedies or medical remedies first, you’re almost guaranteed to look into some of those “clean living” programs that use things like […]

Democrats Have a Disability Problem

I wrote a rather in-depth post about my disappointment with accessibility on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last Monday, and I’ll get to both a summary of that and a followup about how ADA accommodations did get better later in the week. But first I want to talk about my […]

Autistic Lives Matter

While the news has been too full of the names of POC murdered by cops who get away with their crimes, the murders of disabled children may or may not go unpunished, but there is a much greater and more insidious tendency for people to sympathize with the parents who committed murder than the innocent […]

Just a Brief Vent About My Health

I still haven’t fully recovered from my CFS crash following my trip to Chicago in early May. My sleep has been crap. My crap has been crap. My cognitive abilities have been all over the place. No focus. I have the typing-equivalent of apraxia of speech, and sometimes it seems I have my Sword Behind […]

Don’t Buy the Latest Hype About Folic Acid and Autism

So there are articles about a study by Johns Hopkins University making the rounds that headlines are purporting suggests that folic acid and vitamin B12 supplementation during pregnancy may cause autism. As someone with a double copy of the MTHFR mutation that screws with the metabolism of synthetic folic acid and B12 – and is also correlated with […]