Living With Pride

"We are as diverse as the rainbows that fill the sky." To celebrate Pride Month in June, we wanted to highlight the unique experiences of the members of our chronic illness community who are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Today’s email is by Stephen Fratello, a Mighty contributor who lives with chronic conditions including mast …

Please Don’t Anger Shame Chronically Ill People

Nobody likes to be around angry people. I think that is a given. So, let me start off with a clarification. I am not promoting being a bitter and nasty person. I am coming to the defense of those of us who are chronically ill, sometimes with rare diseases, who are angry for various valid …

Opening Prayer For the Colorado State House in the Aftermath of a Tragedy, February 15, 2018

Our God and God of all people, God of the Rich and God of the poor. God of the teacher and God of the student. God of the families who wait in horror. God of the dispatcher who hears screams of terror from under bloodied desks. God of the first responder who bravely creeps through …

You Can’t Blame Gun Control Issues on the Mentally Ill

I have a mental illness. I have depression. I have anxiety. I do NOT kill people. Mental illness is not the reason innocent lives are being taken senselessly -- guns are. As someone with a mental illness, I take great offense when people try to blame lack of gun control on people who have a …

Fat Shaming and Chronic Illness

It's almost mid January and everyone is probably working on their new year's resolutions to work out more or do whatever it is they resolved to do to shed those extra pounds in 2018. Personally, I never make resolutions, but that is a topic for another post. If I did, though, it wouldn't be to lose weight. Not …

Christianity: A Religion of Minding Your Neighbor’s Business

I have a problem. I no longer see the message Jesus taught in what is modern day Christianity. I see churches and religious people minding everyone’s business. That seems to be their religion — policing. It’s almost like they ask, “How can I mind my neighbor’s life choices, sexuality, gender identity, birth control and everything else?” rather …

Waiting…

Tonight marks the beginning of Hanukkah in the Jewish tradition and we are currently in the season of Advent for Catholics and some Christians. Hanukkah is a time to remember the provision of God, especially in times when things seem hopeless. Advent is a time of waiting...waiting for the light to break through the dark. …

The Current Epidemic Of Abuse

Earlier this year I wrote an essay on abuse and mental illness for The Mighty. In light of the recent scandals coming out about the many people who have been abused by those in power, I feel led to re-post this: What My History of Abuse Taught Me About My Mental Illness Many years ago, …

Online Bullying in Chronic Illness Support Groups

I was recently diagnosed with something called Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD), also known as Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). It's considered a rare disorder, although there is more and more information coming to light on the illness. After getting diagnosed, I wanted to connect with other people who have MCAD and learn more about …