My Top Binge-Watching Recommendations for COVID-19 Isolation

My Top Binge-Watching Recommendations for COVID-19 Isolation

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Today I got the email from my university that we will be transitioning to completely online, following the same decisions that many tertiary institutions across Australia and the world have made.

If you’re in the same boat, whether that be with your studies or work and are slowly spiralling into a bundle of stress, I’ve got you.

Binge-watching TV shows may only be a temporary distraction, but from someone who has been practising social isolation for years now it does the trick.

I’ve divided my recommendations into three categories for whatever headspace you might be in right now and where to find them (within Australia).

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I Have Endometriosis and I’m Lucky

I Have Endometriosis and I’m Lucky

I’ve hesitated writing about endo for Endometriosis Awareness Month because I feel like I’ve said so much already.

But it’s important to talk about, and I want to talk about how lucky I am.

I still have endometriosis, I’m in some kind of pain most of the time and pursuing this diagnosis has not been easy, and comprehending living with chronic pain is an uphill battle.

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Approaching Menstrual Education (part two)

Approaching Menstrual Education (part two)

In my previous post I started to speak about menstrual education, an area of schooling I think we can all agree that we’ve seen lacking.

I think that any dedicated session talking about menstruation and focusing on destigmatisation is fantastic, highlighting that this is normal and not shameful and is clearly going to have a huge impact on what is taken away from it.

The thing that is tricky after living with a period for so many years is that you sort of forget just how little you knew, things that sound glaringly obvious to us now were not always a given.

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Living With an Invisible Disability at 21

Living With an Invisible Disability at 21

I turned 21 in November, and spent the following two days in bed.

I wasn’t hungover or recovering from some wild night, but so completely exhausted by my small dinner celebration in which I cooked for four of my friends and then sat at a kitchen table for a few hours.

It was absolutely lovely and I loved every part of it, but just the cooking and baking (which was not monumental by any means) had me in pain before the dishes were clean.

What would maybe be tiring for the average able bodied person, my disability makes beyond draining.

Yes, disability.

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2019 Resolutions

2019 Resolutions

In February this year I published a post about my goals for the coming year, and while there were a few specific goals it all really boiled down to being kinder to myself.

I talked about not beating myself up so much and giving myself time to rest, which became part of my need for a diagnosis around my chronic pain.

Validating what I was feeling enough to go through the process of finding an OBGYN and putting myself out there at risk of not being believed or having my pain trivialised was a huge and necessary step.

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Three Months Post Endometriosis Operation

Three Months Post Endometriosis Operation

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Just over three months ago I had surgery.

I feel like a broken record at this point but, in summary, I had a laparoscopy to investigate and excise endometriosis and had a mirena inserted while I was under (for more on that you can check out my surgery and recovery post here).

Since I put up that post, I’ve had my post-op appointment and started in a physiotherapy clinical trial at my hospital.

In my follow up appointment I got to see photos of inside my pelvis from the surgery and where the tissue they removed was, and had it confirmed that it was in fact endometriosis. Read more

My Thoughts: Swimmer Disqualified for Ass Showing

My Thoughts: Swimmer Disqualified for Ass Showing

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Shocking footage of me in 2014 being an athlete and… ***having a body***

A story that has made it into the mainstream news sphere over the last day that you might have seen is the outrageous body policing within high school swimming in the USA resulting in the disqualification of a 17 year old girl.

Breckynn Wills was disqualified after her school-issued swim suit rode up her butt during a race, under a ‘modesty rule’ from the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) stating:

“Males shall wear suits which cover the buttocks and shall not extend above the waist or below the top of the kneecap. Females shall wear suits which cover the buttocks and breasts and shall not extend beyond the shoulders or below the top of the kneecap, nor cover the neck.”

This is what Wills was pulled up on, the official who disqualified her said her suit was “so far up [they] could see butt cheek touching butt cheek’’, it’s important to reiterate her that Wills is underage.

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