In the first issue of The Pillow Fort Magazine:
- 46 beautiful, individually designed pages
- 19 submissions (articles, photography, comics and more) from young people around the world with chronic illnesses
- Just some of the things inside: travelling with chronic illness; improving your mornings; yoga stretches; adjusting to temporary remission; the effects of invisible illness; the fantasy of fresh starts; and readjusting dreams.
This magazine has been several months in the making and I’m confident it won’t disappoint!
Get your copy here and please share widely!
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Finally find medication that works… Allergic to it.”]
I jumped through all my insurance company’s hoops and finally got to try Lyrica for my fibromyalgia! It started working and I felt better than I had in years - I was so excited; I felt like I had a new lease on life. Then my face exploded in hives. My doctor had to prescribe me cortisone before I could even wash my face again…
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Too depressed to do homework/Overdue homework triggers depression”]
The Pillow Fort Magazine - a new magazine for young people with chronic illnesses.
Would you like to write for The Pillow Fort magazine?
First issue theme: New Beginnings
First issue deadline: 14th December 2013
Please share widely!
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “New symptoms appear… the day after a doctors appointment.”]
Every time. Then I’m left wondering if I should make a new appointment or just hope it goes away on its own.
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “ASK CHEMIST HOW MUCH NEW MEDS WILL COST / GET CHARGED DIFFERENT AMOUNT ANYWAY”]
Me: Hi, can you tell me how much this prescription will cost before you make it up?
Chemist: Sure. That one will be $36.90 or if you want a generic brand it’ll be $21.10.
Me: Thanks, I’ll take the generic brand.
When I come back to pick it up…
Chemist: Ok, that’s $36.90.
Me: Oh, sorry, I asked for the generic brand.
Chemist: This one is actually just like the generic brand…
Me: Yeah, but you said the generic brand would be $21.10.
Chemist: This is for three boxes. Your prescription has special approval for three boxes.
Me: What? I know it’s for three boxes. I asked how much it would be and you said it was $21.10 for the generic brand. I asked for the generic brand.
Chemist: You have a special prescription for three boxes.
Me: I know. That’s why I asked how much it would be.
Chemist: It’s $36.90.
Me: …Ok, I guess.
My friend drew this a while back for me when chronic illness cat was getting me through the roughest days.
oh mY GOD THIS IS SO CUTE!!!!
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Try to watch meteor shower. Unsure if streak of light is shooting star or visual anomaly from brain damage.”]
I had a 5cm benign brain tumor removed in January. I’m recovering well, but there was definitely some brain damage, especially in my visual processing. The entire world has a drop shadow now.
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Cant’ tell if chest pain is heartache or actual chest pain”]
my girlfriend broke up with me two days ago and I’ve been having this problem since then. It doesn’t feel like my normal chest pain, but I can’t tell if it’s a new symptom or if this is just what heartache feels like.
Whatever it is it sucks.
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat. Text reads: “Involuntary muscle spasms? You need an MRI. Now lie absolutely still…”]
I’m not sure what’s wrong, so I don’t even know if it’s chronic for me, but I figure enough people with involuntary movements would have this experience that it’s worth putting out there.
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: Feeling well enough to sort through bills and write checks? Prednisone Hand Tremor kicks in.]
[Image: 6-piece blue colored background with a Siamese cat.Text reads: “Hold on, I just need to clear my throat… Spend next five hours coughing up lung fluid.”]
As soon as I feel that rattle in my chest I know I’m in for a long night…