The author and her family at her high school graduation
FeminismPersonal Stories

Who I Was Before I Became Disabled

If you’ve read my disability story, you know that I wasn’t always as sick as I am now. It was a gradual process at first that sped up around the time when I had surgery. Since I grew up in Wisconsin, went to college in Iowa, and then moved to Ohio …

Kanye West, performing at a concert.
AbleismAccessibilityIntersectional IssuesSkepticism

Kanye West and Fake Disability Activists

In case you haven’t heard, at a recent concert, Kanye West told everyone in the crowd to stand up, “unless you got a handicap pass and you get special parking and shit.” He spotted two people who remained sitting, and one raised a prosthetic limb in the air, to which …

The author holding up a box from 23andMe.
Healthcare IndustryIntersectional IssuesPersonal Stories

23andMe Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study

When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, I had never even heard of it before. In the 2 1/2 years since then, I’ve made quite a few friends who also have Crohn’s Disease. It’s nice to have a group of friends who have the same disease you do, and thanks …

A drawing of people in front of two buildings. On the left is a dark-colored building that says "Pharmacy," with people looking dark, dirty, and miserable in front of it. On the right is a building that says "Health Food Store," and the sun is shining behind it with people walking out, holding bags of vegetables, looking cheerful and bright.
AbleismHealthcare IndustryIntersectional IssuesPseudoscience & alt medSkepticism

Food is NOT Medicine

In the spring of 2012, two major events happened in my life. First, I went vegan. Then, about two weeks later, I was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Since I’m lactose intolerant, cutting out dairy helped with my symptoms, but since I started being treated with real medicine around the …

An image of Paul Corby, the 25 year old man who needs a heart transplant. He is wearing a white shirt and holding his hand up to show off a book he wrote.
AbleismHealthcare IndustryIntersectional IssuesPersonal Stories

Organ Transplant Discrimination Against People With Disabilities

A 25 year old man named Paul Corby who has never smoked, drank, and is otherwise healthy except for a congenital heart defect that his father died from at age 27. The only way he will survive is by getting a heart transplant. However, Paul has been denied the transplant due …

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things: Disability in Game of Thrones

[Warning! This post contains spoilers from Game of Thrones, season 4.]   So, much like everyone else in the world, I’m obsessed with Game of Thrones. I’ve read all the books, I’ve read all of the conspiracy theories (and I believe at least half of them), and I watch the …

A photo of me in a hospital gown.
Personal Stories

Sarah’s Disability Story

This post originally appeared on Skepchick. Disability. It’s one of those big, scary words that you think you know the meaning to. It’s one of those things that happens to other people, but not you. Well, until it does. My disability isn’t an obvious one. I’m not in a wheelchair, …

The Skeptability logo, with "skept" in black and "ability" in green.
Meta StuffPersonal Stories

Welcome to Skeptability!

Hello! In case you don’t know me, I’m Sarah, and I’ve been blogging for Skepchick for almost a year now. I’ve written about my disability a couple times before, and I’ve wanted to write about it more, but I’ve always worried about doing that. Will writing about it ruin my future career chances, …