Greetings, Internet! First, an announcement: My NYT essay, “My Life with Paralysis, It’s a Workout” is going to be included in the anthology, About Us: Essays from the New York Times’ Disability Series. It will be published September 3rd, and I will use any and all opportunities to plug it until then, because holy moly, … Continue reading Onward to ABD!
Academic FOMO (Feeling of Missing Out, for any non-millennials who happen to be reading) is that feeling you get when you don’t think you’ve accomplished much as you approach the end of your summer “break” (to say break without quotations would be a lie). This feeling is exacerbated when you see your fellow grad students … Continue reading A Summer of Academic FOMO
A physical therapy post! Huzzah! I did a post a couple of years ago called “Standing with Context” in which I explained what it looks like, and then what is actually happening, when I do standing exercises. I also did one on the importance of core strength. Go read them if you haven’t yet. This is … Continue reading Squatting with Context
What’s this? Two physical therapy (PT) posts in a row? Has Val run out of non-PT-related stories? Nah, I just wanted to get this particular post in before I leave for Cambridge (the American one) and have to take a brief hiatus from my PT gym. Believe me, I’d love to move my gym to … Continue reading Standing with Context
Prior to this past Saturday, I had never tried an adaptive sport before. Ever. But I know they exist. There’s rock climbing, rugby, tennis, cycling, etc. Basically, any sport that exists has an adaptive counterpart. These counterparts often receive far less attention than their able-bodied versions, even though both are ridiculously hard to play well. … Continue reading Sled Hockey: First Attempt
It’s been a while since I’ve posted! Things have been busy. I have an upcoming piece that’s going to be published on a website that isn’t mine (no idea when, but I’m excited about it), I’ve finally decided on a graduate school (hello, Harvard!), and I've interviewed an artist about his dessert paintings for Guest … Continue reading What Insurance Doesn’t Cover (PT Edition)