The Phoenix Zine

April 11, 2008
by Amy Mathers
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Coming Out of the Closet: Embracing Your Phoenix

The term ‘coming out of the closet’ describes when you decide to reveal something you’ve kept hidden about yourself to others. But although I’ve previously written about disclosing your chronic illness to society in general, your date, and your friends, … Continue reading

March 28, 2008
by Amy Mathers
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Coming Out of the Closet: Debriefing Others on Your Chronic Illness Doesn’t Have to be a Military Operation

When it comes to talking to others about my chronic illness, I’m always on guard. Similar to the U.S. Military’s system of defense readiness conditions (DEFCON), I have my own defcon system that activates when I am approached by people … Continue reading

January 11, 2008
by Amy Mathers
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Coming Out of the Closet: Invisible versus Visible Chronic Illness

Lately I’ve been researching my disease in an effort to determine what my future holds for me. For the past 25 years, I’ve been living with an invisible disability. Yes, I take medications and I have four different doctors plus … Continue reading