Category Archives: Mental Health

Dear Shingles, Quit Riding My Ass

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It always only lines up in retrospect–the consecutive days of splitting headaches upon waking, nerve pain coursing through my body, and extreme fatigue. But sometimes headaches are an independent event, nerve pain can be attributed to post-herpetic neuralgia, and I live with chronic fatigue as a consequence of permanent lung injury regardless. So, it’s hard […]

3 Tips for When Christmas Sucks 

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It’s not lost on most people that the holiday season and all its purported merry-ness actually makes many of us feel some other type of way. So, I’m here to admit that despite my own contribution to Instagram glitter from Christmas happyland, this Christmas actually kinda sucked for me. Sorry, Instagram isn’t real. They lying […]

Fill Up My Solo Cup

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This weekend, I had my first alcoholic bevie in five years–ending an initially necessary, but subsequently unnecessary, self-imposed, nonsectarian period of abstinence. Here’s why … Five years ago, after getting news that I was in remission, I toasted my victory with a celebratory glass of Cabernet raised high. But shortly after I tossed back that […]

Kind Of A Big Deal–Houseplants

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Guest Blogger: @TheMalcolmDog on Instagram This orchid is kind of a big deal … and not just cause it cost us only $9.99 today, although that’s blog-worthy too. It’s the first houseplant that my human has gotten for herself ever since she got cancer–almost before I was born! Before my human got super sick, we used […]

The Malcolm Dog: Legit Service Dog, State of California

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Years ago, her shapes began to get smaller, softer and more bendy. It didn’t spook me, but it did get harder to know her from a distance at the park. I got used to it though. She was now the slow-moving, hunched-over, puffy jacket with the round fuzzy top. She started sitting on the hardwood […]