Most people have seen the gag of a person spewing profanities, unable to control themselves. They let loose a myriad of F-bombs, and ridiculous curse mash-ups for comedic relief. We laugh. It’s funny. It’s harmless.
I had first heard about turmeric a few years ago while scrolling through my Pinterest feed. It was a post about turmeric tea, but I quickly scrolled past it being that I didn't know what turmeric even was. Turmeric is a spice traditionally used in the Middle East and South Asia, but has worked its way into western culture. It is most popularly sold as a seasoning or in capsules and does wonders for the body.
For the past three years since 2015, I had spent hours and hours and hours talking to my mom and working through my feelings about having a late autism diagnosis at 22. It was a long process of recognizing behaviors and scenarios that seemed unrelated throughout my childhood and adolescence, but gradually all the pieces started popping up and coming together and with it, a profound sense of relief. Years of feeling like a fish out of water finally had an explanation and I couldn't have been happier. I had had other issues with my body for some time at that point, but for one reason or another never got around to pursuing it and just lived with the pain that eventually would cause me so much hassle that I was going to make an incredibly difficult decision. At that time, one diagnosis had distracted me from the urgency of the situation that was to come.
In honor of today being "Rare Disease Day" and March being Cholesteatoma Awareness Month, I’ve decided to share my experience, as well as what I have been going through with this disease over the past year. While it is a rare (1 in 10,000) condition, more awareness is needed and support for those in the community suffering.
Can you really put a price on being healthy? When you're sick, it's often the case that all you can think about is how great it was to be healthy and active. That's one of the two main reasons why people are willing to pay such exorbitant prices for healthcare. The other main reason, of course, is that the alternative means death.
Mickey Mantle once famously quipped "If I had known I was gonna live this long, I would've taken better care of myself." I don't know how old ole' Mick was when he said that, but I bet dollars to doughnuts that he was on the far side of forty. He sure as shit wasn't too young to be president of the United States like I was when I found out I had a goddamn heart condition. And I wasn't even a Triple Crown winner, a member of the Yankees, or had ever received a blow job from a fan before a game (Google it).
Age Discrimination in the English NHS:
Let me tell you about a 12-year-old girl just starting secondary school in the UK. She was happy, healthy, making friends, and doing well in her first few weeks of early mornings and homework.
Sleep deprivation causes many health problems. Your cognition is impaired along with your ability to make money. Mental illness symptoms include not getting enough sleep. Depression, in contrast, can make you sleep too much. Not getting enough sleep leaves a person groggy and messed up. Not getting enough sleep can cause weight gain or weight loss. Consequently, getting less sleep can mean you gain weight as well. Gaining weight happens from lacking sufficient rest since your ability to make good decisions is affected by not getting enough sleep. Concentration is impaired when you do not sleep as much as you need to sleep.
That's right, have you eaten your yummy dirt today? Dirt is essential to your body. Well, let me be a little more clear. Dirt is a mixture of all sorts of microorganisms and minerals. But don't start picking it up and eating it just yet. Not just any dirt will do and you don't need to eat all of it. There is one important component of dirt I'm talking about. It's vitamin B12.
A week until my sight will be taken from me. My chest aches with grief and discomfort and a piece of my heart had shattered. A world of light would soon be cloudy. I am scared of the process, yet I cannot help but wonder how life may be without my sight. This makes me feel a little uncomfortable and also fills me with mixed emotions because I know my life would not be the same as it is now. With news like that, I know I would have to change how I live. Deep down, I know it will be hard and I'm scared, but I cannot let that define me. Otherwise, I would not be Concera. I'm an artist, a reasonable person, and very understanding. I have to be strong.
You wouldn’t know it to look at me, but I am a compulsive eater. I’m 5’11”, 215 lbs. so I’m a little big for my size, but I don’t fall into the obese category, at least for the medical definition. I work out three to four times a week and mostly eat healthily. That being said, I have my weaknesses, like anyone else.