The headaches didn’t begin when I was thirteen, but that was when they became frequent and severe enough to warrant a trip to the pediatrician’s office. She dismissed them as a byproduct of puberty, hormones gone slightly awry. She prescribed a healthy dose of rest and minimizing my stress—though I hadn’t mentioned stress, she knew I was an academically successful… Continue reading "The Chronic Pain Crisis: An Introduction"
Three weeks after the recent Parkland shooting, accidental gunfire in a Birmingham, Alabama high school resulted in the death of a 17-year-old girl named Courtlin Arrington. Despite the heavy media coverage of the students at Parkland and of the gun violence prevention protests they sparked, few major news outlets reported on Arrington’s death. The ones that did picked up the… Continue reading "The Importance of Intersectionality"