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Publication: “Sick, but not sick enough: surviving on Newstart with a chronic illness is hell”


In between ripping out the drywall of my website I totally forgot to plug this. I got Real Life™ published for the first time for an op-ed I wrote a few weeks ago!

In itself, this is kinda a big deal. I’ve never been mainstream published before. It’s a little bit surreal, like some sort of functional adult alien has taken over my body. But on top of that is the subject matter. Because this article details a lot of the shit I’ve been dealing with regarding being sick and having to rely on welfare the last couple of years.

I didn’t realise just how much my condition has taken over my life until I wrote it all down. And it’s not even just the health aspects, though that is, of course, still a steadily burning dumpster fire. No, it’s also the fact that when I’m not dealing with shitty symptoms, I’m dealing with shitty bureaucracy and shitty treatment from people in place to uphold it.

So yeah, that’s what this article’s about. It seems to have resonated with at least 10,775 people too. So that’s…rather depressing. But that’s a subject for another post.

For now: yay I’m published! Go read the thing!

PS: It’s under my legal name which is in the process of being changed so don’t get too attached 😎