If you’ve read some of my pieces on here before, you’ve read bits and pieces of this. But, I ask you to stay with me and read this in full if you’re so inclined; it’s what all those pieces (and quite a bit of therapy) have been working toward; a cohesive look at how chronic illness put further pressure on my fraught relationship with body image and academia. And, a hopeful look ahead as I try to learn what it means to let go.

Fat bodies, thin bodies, and unruly women

Various fad diets peppered my childhood, a low-carb one…

Staci Stutsman

PhD in English with a focus on film/television. Thoughts on lupus/chronic illness, body image, & academic/post-academic life.

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