Real illness is rarely like that. Sometimes even successful treatment doesn’t cure you; it just makes life go from ‘Star Wars Episode I-level awful’ to ‘Star Wars Episode III-level bearable.’ Sometimes illness doesn’t teach you anything, or make you a better person. But because so many of us rely on the quick and/or life-affirming versions of illness we’ve seen on television and in movies, we tend to discourage real-life experiences when they don’t match up. Cancer sufferers discover that people don’t want to listen when they express understandable feelings of anger or depression, because everyone expects people with cancer to be strong and courageous so that we can repeat their uplifting stories in email forwards. People who are sick for years might find that friends who were understanding at first gradually start to drift away, as if they’re thinking, ‘Didn’t you have surgery already once? Isn’t that story arc over yet? For God’s sake why aren’t you doing a fun run?’
5 Things I Didn’t Know About Health Care Until I Got Sick (Cracked) - C. Coville (via blue-author)
YEP. Injuries, disease, and illness - “what doesn’t kill you… sometimes, just wrecks you”. For some things, you just get to hold on and that’s about it.
another comic about depression even though I’m not depressed at the moment by Roto
I did that thing again where I try and process really scary and emotional feelings via shitty comics
Ardvreck Castle, Scotland
This place is just north of Ullapool, and really is all that.
Exquisite mini animal sculptures by Anya Stone.
But HOW, though, just HOW.
One of the prettiest Nepenthes ventricosa specimens in the Meadowview greenhouse.
Where Science, Art and Photography Intersect byCaleb Chaland
Artist Caleb Charland Uses Fruit Batteries to Illuminate Long-Exposure Photographs
Terracotta askos (flask) in the form of a rooster. Etruscan, 4th century B.C.
The Etruscans produced numerous askoi in the shape of ducks, but askoi in the shape of other birds are quite rare. Only one other rooster-shaped example is known, almost identical to this one. The askos in the form of a jackdaw (Corvus monedula), a Eurasian bird similar to a small crow, is the only one known.
It is adorned with a protective bulla (amulet) necklace of the type usually worn by Etruscan children and must represent someone’s favorite pet.
Toxic masculinity hurts men, but there’s a big difference between women dealing with the constant threat of being raped, beaten, and killed by the men in their lives, and men not being able to cry.
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