The Many Reactions To My Sexual Assault

There are many reactions you receive when you tell someone you’re a survivor of sexual assault but the most common are pity and doubt. When I tell the details of my story those who pitied me stop saying sorry and start telling me how lucky I am and those who doubted me believe that I must be lying. 

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The Hangover That Never Ends

Hi! I’m Kate and I have chronic migraines. I always feel like such a drama queen when I describe my migraines, which is why I don’t usually tell people what they’re like. It’s hard to explain feeling like you’re dying, but also knowing you’ll be okay and just have to endure it. I also don’t want anyone to feel bad for me, or pity me.

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Much Like Lady Gaga - I Was Born This Way

When I first started listening to Sickboy I never considered myself a candidate for a contributor. After all I wasn't sick, I've just got some fun facial scaring. But it quickly became apparent that sickboy wasn't for the morbid curiosity of hearing about sickness. It is a series of conversations about difference in the human experience. I'm glad I got to share mine.

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She's Nubs

I was born in Montreal and immediately put up for adoption when my biological parents saw that I was born without hands and part of my legs, but I have never let any of this stop me.

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I have to get this off my chest

Since the inception of Sickboy, I’ve become much more acquainted with the power of vulnerability. Being open about your struggles not only brings you personal relief, but it also allows you to connect with those you speak to on a much deeper level. When you’re able to...

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Allergic To Everything

When you have as many allergies as I do, you start to think of life as an iceberg- there’s the parts of life that people see, but there’s also a huge amount of health management that goes on under the surface. For example ,throughout my childhood, I was responsible for sorting and counting my pills every Sunday nigh

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Crying On A Professional Level

The first time I sought to explain Borderline Personality Disorder to someone I shuffled through a few internal questions – How was I going to explain this to someone outside my head? Would it make me feel sad or proud? Where would I even begin? Did I even understand what was going on in my brain? 

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Eye Jizz

The pain was immense(!!) and the visual, when I finally decided to take photos, was disgusting. I watched at a white blob of pus grew, grew and grew consuming my eye. I was scared.

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My Soundtrack For Brain Cancer

While we were supposed to be setting up for Camp we found ourselves geeking out over our latest favourite discoveries in the world of music which suddenly led us into the story of his Cancer journey, a wild ride of love, heartbreak, beauty, terror and wonder. I feel so grateful to have met this human and have had the opportunity to escape the busy and hectic life of social media and technology, hunker down in a hut on the beaches of Maui and have an hour and a half of real talk. 

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27 years in the ER

That may mean two people from a car crash, lying on the floor, 1 with a stroke, 2 pregnant women in labour, three mothers with fevered children, two of whom are unconscious. The driver, with no medical knowledge, and a nurse, with limited skills, sit in the front while the patients fend for themselves in the back. There are no paramedics, no ‘pre-hospital’ or out-of-hospital care. But, if they survive long enough to get to the Emergency Department, they have a chance now whereas three and a half years ago they did not.

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