The first video in a miniseries of reviews of episodes of King of the Hill! This is “Hank’s Unmentionable Problem,” an episode about digestive/bowel disorders and sharing your medical “story” with friends and family.

To learn more about the Spoonie Experiment, click here.

Episode 1: REPO! The Genetic Rock Opera

Episode 2: Spirited Away

Episode 3: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy


Black Friday + Good Cause

The “spirit” of Black Friday is…erm, well, not always in the right place, is it?


There is the idea that people can go out and get gifts for their loved ones that they may not normally be able to afford, and that’s nice I suppose. As someone who is going through financial difficulties currently, I can appreciate the dilemma of wanting to get everyone extravagant gifts but not being able to afford it. Sales are a great way to save some money. But if I ever partake in Black Friday, it’s from behind my keyboard at home.

In my family, Black Friday is a day you stay home. Because out there, there be monsters. This is Texas, y’all. People carry guns, and they might want that xbone a lot more than you do. Plus the roads are full of angry, sleep-deprived people. More than usual. Texas roads are already dangerous on the regular.


But like I said, there’s nothing wrong with a good sale! So why not start now? Our Do I Look Sick awareness gear is on sale right now. Raising awareness of invisible illness is always a great cause, but including some of this stuff in a gift to someone struggling with invisible illness? Imagine what that would mean to them!

Just use the code BLACKFRIWEEK at checkout for these awesome deals. Click on the picture to go to that product’s page, or just click here to browse our entire store.

Including a magnet with a regular gift or as a stocking stuffer is a great way to acknowledge someone’s good fight.  They’re 65% off TODAY ONLY (Nov. 25th – ends at midnight). The rest of the deals will continue through the end of the week, but this one is especially for TODAY!


ALL WEEK LONG, you can get 40% off mugs! These make a great gift, especially if you include some herbal tea or hot cocoa mix! This is my personal favorite design in the shop.


20% OFF pillows…


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels. I’ve got more baby updates coming soon, plus the next episode of the Spoonie Experiment is almost complete! I also have a book review coming up for you soon too, so stay tuned!

I’m truly thankful for each and every one of you who reads, comments, and shares the things I post here. Thank you!

The North Texas Walk to End MG

This past weekend I volunteered to help out with the North Texas Walk to End MG! This was my first time volunteering for a walk/run event because I hate running and I hate waking up early. But Pregnant!Rachel is very mysterious and decides that things she usually wouldn’t do, she should do. Because helping people is nice! And I’m home alone all day, so it’ll be good to get out! And trying new things is fun! And as much as regular Rachel dislikes the idea in general, I actually had a really nice time and I’ll probably do it again in the future!

Currently, money is extremely tight for us. But time is not. I’m mostly waiting for the baby to get here. So if I have time to spare now, and I know I won’t later, why not donate it to a good cause? Plus, did you know that morning time is actually kind of nice? And it feels good to be outside and with people in the morning? It blew my mind too. So maybe Pregnant!Rachel knows a thing or two. Trying new things is fun!


So let’s start at the beginning – what is MG? MG stands for Myasthenia Gravis – another one of those invisible illnesses that spell check doesn’t recognize. I have a few readers with MG, so when I saw the call for volunteers on, I already had a personal connection to it even though I didn’t know a ton about it.

Simply put, MG is an autoimmune disorder in which your muscles become weak and exhausted without exercise or other normal causes of muscular exhaustion. It has to do with one’s nervous system and the impulses sent that say to move a muscle not working properly. I’m sure I’ve left a lot out, so you should definitely take to google if you want to learn more.

Here’s a list of symptoms taken from the MG Walk’s website:


The MG Walk is sponsored by the MG Foundation of America, and they host fundraising events all over the country to benefit research to find a cure for MG. Their funds also go towards the development of an MG patient registry and creating MG support groups. It’s a great organization full of friendly people who are excited to make a personal connection with any walker, volunteer, or patient they come into contact with. In the spirit of this time of the year when we give thanks for all our blessings, if you would like to “pay it forward” and bless others, please consider donating here to this awesome organization. They’re doing a lot of good for people with invisible illness.


The walk itself was awesome. They held it in the park across from my hospital – and if you’re new here, I have endometriosis and PCOS, so I do spend more time than the average bear at the hospital. They were so considerate of me being all pregnant and made sure I always had a place to sit and water to drink. I helped out at the registration desk, which means I got to talk to many of the runners. Again, normally I’m not a talky person, but everyone was so friendly and excited to be helping such a good cause that every moment was truly enjoyable, even for a (usual) introvert like me.


Once all the walkers arrived, we had a lovely opening ceremony that included speeches, the National Anthem, and a wonderful testimony from Rachel Higgins, whom the MGFA named the MG Walk Hero for Texas. I wish I had been able to film it, but my phone was very low on space because I’m STILL working on getting the invisible illness in King of the Hill video done! But Rachel Higgins, if you ever read this, please contact me! I would love to feature an interview with you on this blog! Also, people named Rachel are always awesome. Always.

In the mean time, check out her testimony from the MGFA website (click to enlarge):


Anyway, here’s some snippits of video I did catch:

And again, that donation page is linked here if you can help! Just click on “make a general donation” and you can help them meet their goal!


We had a ton of dedicated walkers out there in the chilly-for-Texas air. There was a 3 mile walk and a 1 mile walk, so a lot of people brought their kids along either on foot or in strollers. I think it’d be a pretty fun event to bring your dog along on as well. It’s a walk, not a run, so you can take it at your own pace and enjoy the trail. If you’re in the states and you’re thinking this sounds like something you want to check out, click here and look under Locations to see if there’s a walk near you!


After the walk I was at the snack table. They provided the walkers (and volunteers!) with an array of tasty snacks, everything from potassium rich bananas to rainbow-sprinkle-rich cookies. They even had baby cinnamon rolls – something Pregnant!Rachel has been craving. And they put me in charge of them – the fools! I didn’t eat all of them. I could have, but they were cinnamon rolls for a cause. So I only had a couple. Or like, three. I don’t know. I tried.

So there you have it – I tried something new and not only had a great time, but discovered an awesome organization that helps people with invisible illness, learned about an illness I didn’t know a lot about before, met new friends, and got cinnamon rolls. So I say check out and see what’s going on in your area. Donate a morning or afternoon of your time and see where it goes! Spending my time at the Walk to End MG one Saturday morning was much more enriching to the invisible illness community and myself than if I’d slept in and watched Pokemon while eating sugary cereal at around noon. I mean, both are good, but you should definitely have both in your life.


If you’re new to my blog, I’d love it if you hit the “follow” button at the bottom of the page. You’ll get an email each time I post, and I never post two days in a row so it won’t be very spammy. I write about invisible illnesses of all kinds. Lately I’ve written a lot about pregnancy, too, but that’s a temporary state I happen to be in at the moment. Usually I focus on writing about life with invisible illness (illnesses you can’t tell a person has just by looking at them), research and technology to help people with illness, interviews, analysis of movies, basically anything and everything I can relate to life with a chronic illness.

Here’s a list of links to some of my most popular posts. I hope you’ll take a look around, share the articles, and leave some comments. Thanks for stopping by!

General Articles:

How to Date When You’re Sick

Is Your Illness Secretly a Super Power? 5 Superheroes with Chronic Illness

It’s Okay to be Sick (Handling the Holidays)

Traveling With Chronic Illness:

Spectre, AL – the Town from Big Fish

The Winspeare Opera House in Dallas, TX

Disneyland (While Pregnant!)


Illness in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Illness in Spirited Away

Illness in Repo! The Genetic Rock Opera

Book Reviews:

The Directive (fiction, Crohn’s Disease)

Allergic to Life (autobiography, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity)


Shanna Groves – Hearing Disability

Brenda Ritz – Endometriosis

And be sure to check out my gallery of original comic strips!

Also, be sure to check out our Store for awareness-raising gear and gifts!

Pregnancy Update: 31 Weeks/Breastfeeding Class, Baby Dreams, and a Birth

At 31 weeks, I’m beginning to think “the honeymoon is over” as they say. The past few days have not been great. It’s been at least 48 hours since I thought “I’m so comfortable right now.” I’m entering a phase of pregnancy that I’ve read a lot about – the “I WILL BE PREGNANT FOREVER, THIS IS JUST MY LIFE NOW” phase.

The books’ advice is always that there has never been a woman in all time that has been pregnant forever, but that doesn’t make me feel better.


Moms – what was your favorite part about physically being pregnant? My husband has advised that I should enjoy these last couple of months, but I’m running out of things to appreciate. Baby bump bucket list in the comments – go!

We took a little one day breastfeeding class and Continue reading

The Disneyland Character Gender Guessing Game!

Credit for this fun idea goes to my husband. We booked our trip to Disneyland before we got pregnant, and ended up being in the happiest place on earth at about 19 weeks. We took baby bump pictures for our Christmas card but we weren’t going to announce the gender. We’re keeping it a surprise (and yes, at 30 weeks we still don’t know and our doctor doesn’t know! One ultrasound tech knows and that’s it) so in lieu of taking gender reveal photos, Husband decided we should gather gender guesses from all the characters we met. Sort of like taking a “vote.”

My mom made these beautiful quilted “flags” for us to take and have signed.


Then, at our baby shower, we’d make it a game and see if people could guess what each character would say. Remember, this is Disney, and they not only have very fully developed, three-dimensional characters in their films, but the actors in the park play those characters. Not every princess will vote girl! Our friends are big Disney fans as well, and it was fun to hear their thoughts. And of course, before our trip we had a fair amount of discussions on which character would pick which gender and why.

So now, after a long wait, our baby shower has come and gone, our Disney prize (a rainbow Mickey Mouse lightsaber) has been awarded. So I can FINALLY post our cute pictures and each character’s logic on their choice. :) Continue reading