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Mental Illness

Caregiving: Do Your Duty

Learn something new every day, right? I was hoping for cake recipes, not sexual abuse.

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Caregiving: Disabled Vampire

The signs were there all along. How could I have missed them?

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Caregiving: A to Z

Where would I be without Terry Pratchett?

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The Caress of Steel

It’s 2 a.m. again. I am fighting my never-ending battle with insomnia. Comedy is my first line of defense: Patton Oswalt and Aziz Ansari comedy albums help me through the night. At some point during my 2 a.m. restlessness, I click through to my friend’s blog. The words hit so close to home that my eyes turn […]

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Caregiving: Coconut Oil, Cats, and Yoga

There is a tub of coconut oil sitting on the kitchen table that I eye with suspicion whenever I pass, as if it might spontaneously start singing the virtues of a paleo diet or its virgin status. Why spontaneously, I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to deny the bananas nearby their chance as a warm-up […]

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Caregiving: Daffodils

It’s eight years since an event potentially detrimental to Mr. Juniper’s existence happened.

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Dissertations, Employment, and Other Terrifying Things

I am thinking about the future, which is not something I’m good at.

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Caregiving: Bathtubs and Babywearing

Lately, I’ve been dreaming of bathtubs.

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Caregiving: Supernatural Festive Stress

As of this moment, there are six sleeps to go. That is, until Hogswatch is upon us. Stockings full of little gifts. No lumps of coal this year. Hogswatch pyjamas and Hogfather hats. Desperation to keep stress under control.

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This Isn’t a TV Show: Life as a Hoarder

You’ve probably heard someone say, “Oh my gosh, I’m such a hoarder” when their house is a little messy, but the reality of hoarding is a lot deeper than that. 

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Extreme Close-Up in Slow Motion: Living With Social Anxiety

When I tell someone I have social anxiety, the response is generally somewhere in between an eye roll and, “Yeah, sometimes I just want to stay home, too.” But it’s more than getting overwhelmed by crowds or not wanting to be around people. It’s a very real anxiety disorder (it’s in the DSM, even!) that often […]

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Caregiving: A Response To xoJane (Fueled By Chocolate And Biscuits)

If I may first make a very personal point: I am, at this moment in time, rather sleep deprived. Little Juniper is teething. This has led to some interesting nights of “sleep is for the weak” combined with the disruption that is the clocks going back. But back to other endeavours.

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Caregiving: Notes From The Middle Of The Night

So much exists in the middle of the night.

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Telephone Phobia

Do I fear the phone because I’m a horrible Millenial? Is it my anxiety? Please don’t call with an answer.

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Caregiving: Scars

Earlier, I had an idea of what I wanted to say. After my usual few minutes catching up on various sites, I’m not so sure. Is it the wake of the VICE spread still unfolding? I’m not sure. I… I feel at a loss. There’s suicide everywhere at the moment. There’s not much that can […]