Living Obliquely

Approximately 1400 people are diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis (TM) annually.
Similar to Multiple Sclerosis, it attacks your myelin, leading to painful and debilitating side effects.
About 33,000 Americans are currently disabled as a result of this rare neurological disorder.
Not one person with TM will ever know their prognosis.
I happen to be one of them.

I am a neurological soup. Since my TM diagnosis, I have developed encephalitis, MS, RSD/CRPS, Osteoporosis (I am 34, no 35, eek), and Chronic Anemia. sucks, but I still rock.


Become A Glamour Gimp

This is a new series on my fave sites for sickos and non-sickos alike. Our lives may suck, but we must rock, and retail therapy, especially FREE or discounted retail therapy is great medicine. While it may not compare to oxycotin, it's more like apples and oranges, and one needs both the fiber and the vitamin C. Right?

I had to get this one out immediately, as ideeli is having a Vera Wang necklace giveaway (see pic to left).

And ideeli's not just for girls. They have men's giveaways and super deals too.

From Ideeli and Me:

You're invited to join ideeli, an invite-only shopping community where you get insider prices (up to 80% off) on luxury fashion, home and beauty brands. PLUS, ideeli has extraordinary weekly giveaways! Membership is free but you have to be invited to join- so join now.

PS The more of you that join, the more chances I have to win the Vera Wang necklace, so act quickly and then get your friends to join on your behalf. One of us deserves this beauty. Let's get this neuro detour on its path.

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If you're a Philly-region person with TM, please consider joining the Transverse Myelitis Philadelphia network (, a new social networking group that I started for people with TM so that we can meet and chat casually. It's only on Facebook for now, so, if you haven't already, join. It's easy.


In Pictures

Please Note: Some photos may contain partial nudity or depictions of medical procedures. Though I am in many of these photos, my reason for sharing these personal photos is to promote awareness, understanding, and advocacy for people with TM and other rare diseases.
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