Crohn’s and the academic job market- a tale

The abysmal situation of the academic job market has received a lot of coverage in recent years, with not much changing, sadly. You can separate academics into different camps: adjuncts and job seekers, the tenured who have compassion but feel helpless, and those who think that everything is amazing the way it is, and who should just shut the hell up and take it. Let me backup and explain the types of academic labor: Tenure-track: This is the unicorn amongRead more

Medication TV Commercials

I remember the very first time I saw a commercial for Remicade on TV in 2004. I was shocked. In Germany (and most other western countries), only over the counter products can get advertised on TV. So, I was familiar with Aspirin commercials, or cough syrup. But Remicade? I didn’t have TV for a long time, so I haven’t paid attention much, but recently, it was discussed in a bunch of forums and it got me watching, and thinking. MyRead more

I’ll make this one really short….

I have been in the privileged position to have health insurance through my husband, but I have friends relying on the Affordable Care Act. They will be the first to tell you that there are kinks in the system and that it is far from perfect.

But for those of you, who don’t remember the time before 2010, I’ll invite you to go to any online forum for chronic illnesses. Read more

Making Pacts with the Devil- an update on me

When people ask me what it’s like living with a chronic disease, I sometimes say that it’s like making a pact with the devil. Let me elaborate: The best known pact with the devil in literature is probably Goethe’s Faust (ok, maybe Christopher Marlowe too!). Faust, the protagonist, has a terrible problem: He’s educated, good looking, no shortage of money, generally in a good place, but no, Faust is super unhappy. He wants to know more! He wants to doRead more