Coping With Body Image Issues Post-Surgery

This is probably one of the most vulnerable pieces I have written in a long time. I get extremely real about how my surgery and disability has affected my self-confidence recently. I don’t often talk about the struggles I have with my body-image. If you are also struggling, just know that you aren’t alone.
Love,
Dani

Love, Geeky Girl

By: Dani Kessel

I’ve been struggling with my body image lately. I’m always hesitant to talk about my body image issues since I have been a mentor and role model to teenagers and my kiddo nieces. I have had to encourage them to improve their self-esteem, especially their body images. I feel like a hypocrite. I am going to be really vulnerable about these struggles I’ve tried to hide.

6 months ago, I had major spine surgery. I suffer from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, CRPS, and had to have a spinal cord stimulator, SCS, implanted in my body to mitigate this nerve disorder. The majority of my problems post-surgery have been the grueling physical recovery and adjusting to the stimuli of having an SCS. There has also been lingering pain at the surgery sites and the still-present problems caused by CRPS. (Unfortunately, the SCS does not take the CRPS away…

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I’m Having A Hard Night (A Stream of Consciousness Post)

  I'm having a really hard night, as you probably already guessed from my post title. I'm in immense pain. My back hurts where I got surgery. The change in weather, temperature, and air pressure has taken a toll on my nervous system. I'm at 8 or 9 level pain on my back. (Some people … Continue reading I’m Having A Hard Night (A Stream of Consciousness Post)

Practical Gifts For Your Chronically-Ill Loved Ones *Guest Post* — Love, Geeky Girl

Hi everybody! Here is my most recent post on Love, Geeky Girl. If you enjoyed it, let me know. Also, go subscribe to that blog too! Sam is always putting up great content to read. It’s the holiday season again! With Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, St. Nicholas Tag, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice, and Pancha Ganapati all coming … Continue reading Practical Gifts For Your Chronically-Ill Loved Ones *Guest Post* — Love, Geeky Girl

Better Understanding Disability Using The Spoon Theory

I’m officially a contributing guest writer on Love, Geeky Girl. I will be reblogging the posts on here so my subscribers can read my articles. If you like what you read, go subscribe to Love, Geeky Girl because there is lots of great content on that site as well. Feel free to comment with any topics you want me to write about!

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By: Dani Kessel

Hi everyone. My name is Dani. I suffer from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, limited mobility, and at least 5 different diagnosable mental illnesses. This affects my daily life resulting in a different normal than those who are ablebodied and neurotypical. I am a spoonie.

Spoon·ie    noun

   /spo͞onē/

Plural noun: spoonies

  • Someone suffering from disability and chronic illness/es that can be explained with the spoon theory.

“my sister calls herself a spoonie”

The spoon theory is a metaphor created by Christine Miserandino for the energy and ability limitations that disabled folks live with. The idea is this: 

From waking up to falling asleep, every task throughout the day takes a certain number of spoons. Ablebodied, neurotypical folks have a nearly infinite number of spoons, so they don’t have to think about where their spoons go. Disabled folks have a finite number of spoons though…

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10 Random Thoughts From My Bed

[Content Warning: There may be adult content and triggering subjects in this post. Please read with caution if you have triggers related to your mental health or are more sensitive to adult topics.] I'm largely bedridden post-surgery which gives me a lot of time to think, so I am going to write down some of … Continue reading 10 Random Thoughts From My Bed

Chronic Pain: A Free-Form Poem

A life of chronic pain. A life of chronic pain means constantly having to cancel plans or explain why I am not enthusiastic being around people. Irritability. With every step, I cringe, blinking back the tears that I am trying to hide. Eight, Nine, Ten level pain. I shut my mouth and lie when people … Continue reading Chronic Pain: A Free-Form Poem