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What the Health-Privileged Don’t Understand: There’s Buildup Activity and Tear-Down Activity

I got a question from my boss a few years ago, the owner of a company I contract to part-time. He wanted me to do some field work that was too physically strenuous and involved sleeping in a small-town motel where the odds of a good bed were poor. I declined the work because it wasn’t worth the pay rate for the recovery time it was going to take. My boss said, “I don’t understand how...
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Are You One of Us? Welcome to Our Hidden DisAbilities!


Hello, I’m Kristin. You may have heard my story already; telling it feels like all I do sometimes. It’s one of those stories that instantly tops every other story in the room. People fall silent and I squirm under the unwanted spotlight. I’ve learned to share only when it has a purpose.

Recently I rode along to a volunteer event with a new guy. We made our intros well enough, then the small talk fizzled rapidly. The...
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