Those frequently sidelined due to Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis can find difficult conversations with friends and colleagues inescapable. Here's how to go about them.
Strangers on the internet often question the authenticity of my diseases. “You don’t look sick,” they say. I now simply respond with, “Well, you don’t look stupid but here we are.”
“I don’t get any pain with oral sex. That just feels amazing. But I still can’t feel it sometimes because of numbness issues.”
“When I orgasm, it feels like somebody’s sitting on my chest.”
Living with endo is already hard when you're a white cis woman. For LGBTQ people dealing with a "women's disease," it's especially painful.
"I actually like penetration better. It used to be the least sensitive part for me. Now, I can feel it more, and it helps me orgasm."
Most immunocompromised people are already used to building relationships online and spending long stretches at home.
Myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME, is little understood by the general public. That lands some parents in the firing line.