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BarbaraRyan

Sicklerville, New Jersey
I'm a 30 year old Femme living with a number of chronic illnesses, including allergies, asthma, GERD, gastroparesis, IBS, and hypermobility syndrome. I hope to share my experiences and help empower other Lesbians and women living the "chronic life."
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My Funniest Healthcare Experience by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body I've been wanting to participate in a number of blog carnivals for the last few months, but the last job I had didn't allow me the time. Now that I am free, I c ... Read on »
Love Lesson 1: Stop by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body I have decided to stop looking for love and am putting the love lessons on hold. It's not that I've had a bad experience or anything. But the Goddess has clearly sho ... Read on »
Fat and Doctors by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body I have some more thoughts about why doctors are so willing to blame a fat patient's weight for their medical problems, rather than treating them the same as a thin patient. ... Read on »
Love Lesson 1: Obstacles Come to the Surface by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body The thing about putting out an intention is that it sets things in motion. I put out a pretty strong intention and now the Goddess is showing me what needs to change and ... Read on »
The New Haircut Part 2 by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Here's some more pictures taken just now - right before bed. Read on »
The New Haircut by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Here's some pics of the new haircut. I swear I am the most unphotogenic Femme that ever lived - I know there is no way I look that bad in real life! Also ... Read on »
Practical Magic: Love Lesson 1 - The Desire Questions by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Practical Magic is one of my favorite witchy romantic movies. One of the things I love about it is how it portrays witches as normal and ordinary wit ... Read on »
New Job Update and Coping with Medical Issues at Work by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Sadly, she is not one of my new co-workers. I've been at my new job roughly a month and it's going well. Thanks to my training at Blackwell, I understand most of t ... Read on »
Top 5 Celebrities I Would Date by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body This is a rather silly post, but it's Friday and it's time to have a little fun. Here's my list of the top 5 celebrities I would date. To all my fabulous readers, I'm curiou ... Read on »
Lesbian Connection by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body I first found Lesbian Connection at Giovanni's Room over in Philadelphia. I think it's a great resource and want to share it with my Lesbian/Queer friends. Here's an intro l ... Read on »
Survey on Working with a Chronic Illness by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Fellow Chronic Babe Alyssa posted this message on the Chronic Babe Forum. Please take a few minutes to help her out fill out the survey. (And if you are a woman with a chron ... Read on »
Good News Day by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Today was a good news day! First, I got the Purchasing Assistant job at the local hospital. It's a promotion - more responsibilities and more pay. But I know the job bas ... Read on »
A Complicated Queerness: Living Femme in a Dyke Community by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body I originally found this video on Queer West's website - www.queerwest.org. It's a short film made by Johanna Buchignani about 4 years ago. It's a look into how Femmes are se ... Read on »
Fat Friendly/Biased Doctors by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body I feel that as patients, we do not have enough access to information about our doctors before we meet with them for the first time. We often have to go blindly in and only a ... Read on »
Extra Money by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body I've been learning a lot as I am faced with honoring my Compact pledge. So far, I have been faithful to it, except for the purchase of two new books. I received some overtim ... Read on »
My Life with Gastroparesis by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body In my past post, I wrote about Gastroparesis (GP). I would like to share my experiences with the disease. I don't know exactly when I developed it. I may have actually b ... Read on »
What is Gastroparesis? by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Tuesday morning, I woke up nauseous. My stomach felt full, as if I just finished a full 3 course meal, even thought I had nothing to eat for almost 12 hours. These are some ... Read on »
Saw I: The Sacrifices We Must Make to Live by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body In the first installment of The Horror Essay Series, I will focus on Saw I. I will warn you, there may be spoilers, so you might want to watch the movie first! If not, re ... Read on »
Why horror? Introduction to The Horror Essay Series by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body Picture by zilinskyi As a horror fan, writer, and student, I find that people tend to have a very marked reaction to the horror genre (films, books, comics). They ... Read on »
Shopping at Wal-Mart by BarbaraRyan Posted in: Blog Posts in Mind-Body As I sit here watching Hellraiser and drinking some yummy blood orange tea, I have been reflecting on a recent trip to Wal-Mart. Most people who know me, know I am not a Wal ... Read on »