21 Assumptions Revealed by 21 Words and Pieces of Plastic Claiming to Support Soldiers

We seldom stop and think about how much we assume and how much our world assumes of us. In this blog article, I do a detailed analysis of such a situation working form the following display. I’m not pointing to anything being “right” or “wrong” here – just doing a very detailed analysis, similar toContinue reading “21 Assumptions Revealed by 21 Words and Pieces of Plastic Claiming to Support Soldiers”

Biological Determinism and the Trans Debates: Gender, Sex, Race, and Ability

People increasingly attempt to use biological determinism (or essentialism) to lock people into identities, identities that are actually assigned and determined by cultural mores. While people who are transgender or transexual (often abbreviated as just trans) are increasingly accepted by academia and by society–although we absolutely have a long, long way to go–such cannot beContinue reading “Biological Determinism and the Trans Debates: Gender, Sex, Race, and Ability”

Ali Mroue and Life Before and After Being a University Student from Lebanon – Interview Series #7

The seventh installment in my interview series spotlights the experience and wisdom of (the future Dr.) Ali Mroue! I first met Ali in the Spring 2013 when he was a student in one of my United States History from 1877 Lab classes at the University of Houston. Ali was a remarkable student–in terms of hisContinue reading “Ali Mroue and Life Before and After Being a University Student from Lebanon – Interview Series #7”

You are condemned to silence, to suffering, and to death.

Elected politicians who associate themselves with conservatism and the Tea Party/Republican Party continue to show that they are determined to condemn sick people to a life of absolute silence, of cruel suffering, and of swift death. And because they are not speaking out, their followers and voters are also condemning sick people to a life of absolute silence, of cruel suffering, andContinue reading “You are condemned to silence, to suffering, and to death.”

Tumors, Nerves, and Surprises of Surgery

It was Wednesday, March 11, 2009. To my shock and horror, I gradually realized that I was effectively paralyzed from my legs down. With vivid memories of surgery #2, I wondered what would be next. I was unable to do anything on my own for days and days after the surgery (surgery #3 of 5, asContinue reading “Tumors, Nerves, and Surprises of Surgery”

Screaming But Nobody Can Hear Me

It was Wednesday, September 6, 2000, sometime late in the morning. I was in the intensive care unit following major surgery (surgery #2 of 5 for Neurofibromatosis, as of June 2017) and screaming for help. I was screaming because every tiny little breath hurt like fire and nails. Every tiny millimeter I moved or turnedContinue reading “Screaming But Nobody Can Hear Me”

Brain Fog, Pain, and Surgery

Just over one week ago I had surgery #5 at U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to remove two painful Neurofibromatosis tumors on my left hand. Unlike my first three surgeries, the two most recent ones have been comparatively minor. Here are a few before pictures: And after pictures: The experience at the hospital was outstanding. U.T.Continue reading “Brain Fog, Pain, and Surgery”

Ableism, Travel, and the Realities of Living with Neurofibromatosis

To begin, this post is not directed at any individual. I have numerous friends who regularly travel, and that’s great. I always enjoy hearing about places around the world. However, as I have recently mentioned, May is Neurofibromatosis month (read more here), and I wanted to make a few more comments about ableism and travel. For peopleContinue reading “Ableism, Travel, and the Realities of Living with Neurofibromatosis”