Tag: chronic illness recovery

  • My only resolution for 2022

    Happy New Year! This morning I woke up early and went for a swim, and while the ocean waves slapped me in the face, I resolved to not complain about anything. To be clear, that was my resolution for the day, ie January 1. There’s no way I’m going all year without complaining. Have you […]

  • Ep 28 Burning out with Dr Yumiko Kadota, author of Emotional Female

    Yumiko Kadota was a junior doctor and working hard towards her goal of becoming a plastic surgeon in NSW. But the demands of her workplace became increasingly extreme, and she found herself dealing with bullying, sexism and racism, as well as unreasonable hours. If anyone should know how important sleep is for the body, it […]

  • Ep 20: Up against the limits of medical knowledge with author Josephine Taylor

    “I was pretty well bedridden, unable to move very easily for about the first year … I’d sort of have to shallow breathe into the tops of my lungs.” When Josephine Taylor first began to experience chronic pain, she started to reduce her commitments. She was a career woman and a mum. But gradually, she […]

  • New Year’s resolutions for 2021

    If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that there’s no point making plans. I planned all kinds of things last year, including that I would be in Canada over this holiday season to finally visit my family after four years of CFS making the journey impossible. Instead I’ve spent three damp and soggy holiday weeks in […]

  • Ep 14: Moulding stories like clay with Elizabeth Tan

    Australian author Elizabeth Tan’s second short story collection, Smart Ovens for Lonely People, is full of humorous and poignant stories laced with pop-culture references and techno-slang, and set in an uncertain dystopian future or surrealities. Elizabeth’s comedy leaps out from story titles such as ‘Shirt Dresses that Look a Little Too Much Like Shirts so […]

  • Falling victim to medical gaslighting

    Since getting diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in 2017, one of the most helpful things has been learning specific terms that describe aspects of the illness. I think this is partly because the existence of a given term is proof I’m not imagining what I’m experiencing. It’s real, and other people have experienced it – […]

  • Ep 5: The Year that Almost Killed Anna Downes, author of The Safe Place

    The Safe Place begins with a dreamlike escape. A young Londoner in a Ramones T-shirt and worn sneakers boards a private jet and arrives in France, where a chauffeur escorts her to a secluded luxury estate on the coast. Hidden on a forested backroad behind iron gates, the property features two mansions, an expansive garden […]

  • Podcast: James and Ashley Stay at Home

    Podcast: James and Ashley Stay at Home

    Listen on Apple podcasts | Spotify | Stitcheror your favourite podcast app James and Ashley are staying at home. Partly because there’s a pandemic, partly because they’re writers, and partly because of their health. Through discussions and interviews with other writers and creatives, they’ll explore how staying at home has its benefits.James and Ashley Stay at […]

  • Conversations with Friends

    Conversations with Friends showed up as a surprise in the post. A friend sent it to me. Sally Rooney has won multiple literary awards. I’d read her second book, Normal People, earlier in the year, when everyone was talking about it. And while I recognised the writing as brilliant (and so crisp and well wrought, […]