Book Review: Kicking Sick by Amy Kurtz

Like any Communications major, I'm a sucker for a well-stocked library shelf. So, when I stumbled upon the collection of books on chronic illness and IBS at my local library, I pretty much had a field day. The late fees on my library card -- and the wisdom acquired from the book Kicking Sick by…

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Fact Check: Gun Violence and Mental Health

"Mental illness and hatred pull the trigger," Trump said, following two mass shootings in 13 hours. "Not the gun." He then went on to suggest "involuntary confinement" for the mentally ill when "necessary." As Buzzfeed's headline declared, Trump blamed the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio (three hours away from my apartment on…

Bloated Wardrobe Picks for Summer

As someone with IBS, summer style makes me nervous. Gone are the slouchy sweaters of winter -- now, it's time to usher in a season of crop tops, short shorts and itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny, yellow polka dot bikinis. Yikes! When bloated from the delicious spoils of a summer vacation (or birthday celebration, if you're a Cancer…

Awkward Conversations You Should Have With Your Doctor

In the past year, I've seen a lot of doctors. PCPs, therapists, psychiatrists, GI specialists, radiologists, anesthesiologists....I've met them all. In fact, I'm even dating one: my boyfriend David will graduate from medical school this May! (I promise this is a coincidence, not a ploy to get free medical care. Though, now that I'm thinking…

My Favorite ED Recovery Accounts

I may have been a blogger first, but Lovely & Lazy was born on Instagram. As a professional social media manager, I have always loved the sense of community on Instagram -- and nowhere exemplifies that more than the eating disorder recovery community. In Fall 2018, I launched The Cozy Counselor on Instagram (@cozycounselor). I…