….or not do it. I used to think of the word “anxiety” was attached to all sorts of negative connotations; I was absolutely obsessive about avoiding anyone associating the word anxiety with me…because, you know, I was anxious. These days, I realize that so many more people understand what it’s like to be “anxious” (for the record I encourage every single one of you to do your own research on anxiety because there are so many different versions, symptoms, etc.) and… Read more »

I can’t pinpoint the exact date that my immune system seemed to have had enough of me. I managed middle school and high school with minimal absences – most of which resulted in my parents jetting off to vacation and leaving my Grandma & Grandpa in charge…so I wouldn’t call all of those “valid”. I attended the University of Iowa and spent time in communal bathrooms, large lecture halls and dining halls filled with thousands of other students and suddenly my… Read more »