On this site I tell about my life as queer with a chronic illness. As a passionate storyteller, I exchange information with striking examples and personal experiences. Hopefully you are able to better empathise with my situation. And with that of many others...
Living with ME/CFS is… Taking the flu for 3 to 6 weeks as normal.Submitted by Jochem on Fri 25/06/2021 07:15
Sauna policy discriminates against transgender peopleSubmitted by Jochem on Fri 18/06/2021 07:54
A while ago I heard about a sauna where they apparently don't know what to do with transgender people. In this sauna, the policy applies that “women” may wear a bikini, panties or top and “men” may only wear a towel. In this sauna they base gender on the legal sex of the customer. So, the letter in the passport. Inquiry showed that binders are not allowed in this sauna.
Speech confusionSubmitted by Jochem on Fri 04/06/2021 07:26
Thinking in Lego, building in DuploSubmitted by Jochem on Fri 28/05/2021 00:00
Living with ME/CFS is… Getting lost in the fridge.Submitted by Jochem on Sat 22/05/2021 11:04
One day I wake up. I'm looking in the fridge, the open door in my hand. I hear someone asking: "What am I doing here?" For a moment I am surprised, because I am sure I didn't say anything. Yet it is my voice. I look around and I see a plate with two sandwiches on the counter. I realise I'm making lunch.
InhumanSubmitted by Jochem on Wed 16/12/2020 11:01
14th June: Divine limitations – a trip with BesSubmitted by Jochem on Sun 24/05/2020 20:04
“How good you do this for them!"Submitted by Jochem on Wed 22/04/2020 00:00
Years ago I was on my way to the cinema with a group of friends. On our way we were approached by someone who asked for directions. No one in the group responded, except for me. That made sense: I was the only hearing one of our group. After I showed directions, they asked me if I was their mentor. "No, we are friends on our way to the cinema." I got an admiring look and the compliment that it was really good what I did.
COVID: terror and mass hysteriaSubmitted by Jochem on Thu 16/04/2020 07:56
One of the consequences of COVID amazes me: the absolute terror that rages through our society, resulting in a mild form of mass hysteria. Why this fear? Are we panicking because life suddenly turns out differently than we expected? Or is our taboo on dying and everything related to that, suddenly too close? It probably is a combination of factors this as well.