Category Archives: Chimp

Gratitude

One of the more difficult things to deal with about being this ill is the feeling of uselessness imposed by my physical limits. Even as long as I’ve been ill, I’ve never quite gotten over the guilt of not being … Continue reading

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Nulliparous

Nulliparous: of, relating to, or being a female that has not borne offspring. New Latin nullipara, one who has never borne an offspring, from Latin nullus not any + -para -Latin, from parere to give birth to. One night in April 2001, at the age of 25, I went to … Continue reading

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Chimp Speaks, Part II

This is the second half of the contribution my husband, Chimp, asked to make to the blog. Part I is here. Maybe you went to bed last night with the whole thing figured out, and you think you’ve written a … Continue reading

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Chimp Speaks, Part I

This is an entry by my husband, Chimp. No, I’m not actually married to a philosophizing simian – “Chimp” is his longtime internet handle. – Jocelyn Jocelyn asked me if I’d contribute something to No Poster Girl, and I wrote … Continue reading

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A Rant About the Illness Narrative

Over the past seven years, I have had various people tell me, here and there, that they find me “brave” or “inspirational.” And it seems like the sicker I’ve gotten, the more I’ve heard it. I don’t want to sound … Continue reading

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