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 […]

So It’s International ME/CFS Awareness Day Again…

…and I started my day off on the wrong foot. I am way too aware of my ME/CFS today. Time to nap like a rock star. #typeasummit A photo posted by Christina Gleason (@wellinthishouse) on May 12, 2016 at 12:36pm PDT My alarm was set for 3:30 am – a time of night at which I’ve usually […]

A Closer Look at Genetic Mutations and How They Work – or Don’t

I’ve written before about the genetic testing I did with 23andMe <–my referral link, and especially about my MTHFR mutation, but it’s far more complicated than that. (And MTHFR is pretty complicated!) There are a host of other genetic mutations that make dealing with my DNA far more nuanced than just taking methylfolate and methyl-B12 supplements. […]

The Dangers of Heart Disease for Women with Chronic Illnesses #GoRed

Today is Go Red Day, and I decided to spend today focused on sharing information about the symptoms of heart attacks in women, and the related danger of missing those symptoms because they mimic the daily experience for many women living with chronic illness. The American Heart Association lists the following symptoms of heart attacks […]

‘You Don’t Look Autistic’ is not a Compliment #ActuallyAutistic

“You don’t LOOK Autistic” is not a compliment. If you just found out that I have Asperger’s, you may think that telling me I don’t look autistic is somehow laudable, as if I had a choice in whether or not I was born looking visibly disabled. Or maybe you think that I need to hear […]

New Year, New Me: My Relationship with Food

A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions that focus on food in one form or another. The most popular version is to eat less food with the goal of losing weight. Another popular version is to eat healthier food – grilled instead of fried, salad instead of pizza, homemade instead of packaged. For me? I’m resolving […]

What Is MTHFR and Should I Be Worried About It?

About two years ago, I went down the rabbit hole of genetic testing and discovered that I have a genetic mutation known as a homozygous MTHFR A1298C mutation. The homozygous part means that I have two copies of the mutation, one from each parent. MTHFR is the name of the gene itself, although when people say “I […]

Open Letter to the Guy in 3C on My Southwest Flight

I have chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, neuropathy, Asperger’s Syndrome, and an anxiety disorder. I had to run 10 gates in the Tampa Airport to get from my first plane, which was late because of the Southwest computer failure, to my connecting flight to Albany that was scheduled to depart 15 minutes after my first plane […]