Every conversation with my mother EVER.
I’m Bree. Which is short for Breeanna.
I’m 29 and live in Missouri.
Last year I started becoming very ill very often. Doctors tried everything from crohns testing to thyroid.
Finally I began to develop muscle fatigue, shaking, cellulitis, and other infections.
Some days I’m not strong enough to properly get out of bed and function.
All signs point to an autoimmune disorder. Which one? We don’t know yet.
I begin monthly blood tests next month.
I am currently battling 2 skin infections and fighting off fluid in my lungs. Fluid often leads to infection for me. This is bad news, as I am asthmatic. I get monthly breathing treatments.
I’m asking Tumblr for help because, even with my insurance, this is all very expensive. Doctors. Urgent care. Medications. Treatments.
Its become hard to pay my rent or buy groceries.
I created a go fund me to raise money for my bills: http://www.gofundme.com/breesmedicalfund
I also have PayPal - Marchingduck@gmail.com
Donations help me pay growing doctor bills, copays, my medication cost, and heaven forbid, an ER visit.
I’m working hard to beat this and get my life back. I had dreams of coming back to drum corps with DCA. That dream is impossible with my illness.
If you can’t donate, I understand. Please consider sharing my story.
If you’re wondering about the photos, those were taken my last urgent care visit. Middle 2 are just me being me…and the bottom 2 are my life. Monthly breathing treatments and 12 pills a day.
I want my 30th birthday in December to be a celebration of my life and my health. But to get there its going to be a long road.
Tumblr…I need your help.
please keep sharing my post.
I am still far from out of my medical debt hole.
And I have more meds as of today and a doctor visit Thursday.
I need all the help I can get!!
Today was rough.
These new antibiotics give me a horrible headache. Advil got me through the day.
My legs hurt. My back hurts.
Please keep sharing my posts. I still need a lot of help. Even just $2 a person can add up fast.
Doctor in the morning…then work. I’ll post her findings tomorrow.
Last time before bed.
Spread this like crazy!!!
"If a woman has [the right to abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t result in anyone’s death."
-Something Maine lawmaker Lawrence Lockman actually said
These are the people running our country.
What I love most about this is that it’s the cat who starts the game.
Don’t you love how reporters love to forget what their jobs are and like to attempt to put things in people’s mouths?
Ive never seen a face say “what the fuck are you talking about” so thoroughly
"There is no way two men could even begin to take care of a child"
her real parents never even realized she was fucking gone.
Today I was taught that my ideal body weight is 20 pounds less than what I weigh
and had some arm fat squeezed only to be told that my BMI should be significantly lower.
Did I mention that we learned about eating disorders the week before?
After learning the signs, symptoms, and ways to eliminate anorexia and bulimia,
we were shown a video.
Seventeen picture of anorexic girls and a toothbrush down a throat later,
I found myself in the bathroom vomiting unwillingly for the first time in six months.
But this is not a poem about me or some vomit in a shitty school bathroom.
This is a poem about the way schools poorly teach eating disorders.
As I watched the anorexic and bulimic girls on the classroom TV
I saw not one boy or one person who weighed more than 100 pounds.
I am tired of being left out of the subculture of people who have struggled with eating disorders
I weigh 135 pounds.
Why am I not taught that over 10% of anorexics are boys?
If I am going to be accurately taught:
How to prove overlapping triangles congruent
When and why semicolons are used
How the holocaust affected Europe
and the chemicals that plants absorb
I sure as hell better be taught that
20 million woman and 10 million men suffer from eating disorders just in America a year.
It better become known to all 1,723 kids in my school that only 10% of people struggling with eating disorders actually receive some type of help.
Odds are you don’t know that
33% of boys admit to starving themselves in order to lose weight.
Odds are you don’t know that because health classes only show
the stereotypical anorexic girl who is white and does ballet.
Things are changing and so should health class curriculums.
I am tired of hearing my classmates call a petite girl anorexic or bulimic when body size and shape has nothing to do with having anorexia or bulimia.
Schools need to teach that these disorders are more than something that Hollywood stars turn to to lose weight,
These are diseases that take over the mind.
But until schools make that clear,
I am stuck watching videos of anorexic ballerinas with ribs more visible than the beauty that they once had.
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