My name is Lisa Walters. I’m 26 years old and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. Lots of people aren’t sure where Newfoundland is so I will help you out. You know how you were taught by movies and probably that world geography class you took to boost your grades in high school that Halifax is the furthest east that Canada stretches, right? Well just stretch even further east and you’ll find the province of Newfoundland. Your geography teacher needs to find better resources. This rocky island is foggy, damp, cold and wet most of the time. I usually complain about living here. But if you’re not from here and you complain about Newfoundland I won’t be internet friends with you. My relationship with Newfoundland is similar to my relationship with my older sister, Kayla. I can pick on her incessantly but the moment you say something shitty about her I will push you into a wall. My sister once went on a national game show and told all of Canada that her relationship with me was “iffy.” But I still love her. Same goes for Newfoundland.

Like most North American twenty six year-old girls, my interests include: myself (I have a personal blog, I’m obviously a narcissist), Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, animals wearing sweaters, my bearded boyfriend, Disney movies, Kurt Vonnegut, leg warmers, over-priced lattes, Jewish mysticism, reading Al Jazeera, Jimmy Fallon, leather satchels, chocolate, cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, constantly telling people how many celebrities I’ve run into, heating pads, folk music, reading blogs about how to restore vintage furniture but never actually doing it, Wes Anderson, comparing myself to Jennifer Lawrence, and the occasional Taylor Swift song (that shit’s catchy).

I have my Masters in Religious Studies. I studied religion & pop culture, cults, mysticism and every other “weird” course I could find. I am not qualified to become a “priest” or a minister, no matter how many times my family members ask me that question.

I have spent the last six years of my life dealing with some chronic health problems. The doctors that I’ve visited just can’t seem to make up their minds about which illness they want to stick me with (editors note: THEY DID MAKE UP THEIR MINDS AND I HAVE LUPUS! Take that, Dr. House!). Such an ordeal has put me in a lot of situations I never really expected myself to be in at my age, or ever really, because I’m a spoiled middle class twenty-something. A lot of those situations have some pretty unfortunate aspects to them but myself and my friends always seem to find the humour in them, so I want to share that humour.

While I am not expecting my blog to completely change your life if you have a chronic illness and happen to stumble upon it, I certainly do try my best to write meaningful and just plain funny things for those twenty-somethings with chronic illness. I like playing my part in connecting members of our community with one another, and to plant the idea in someone’s head that they aren’t alone in this. With that being said, this blog is also not solely dedicated to my experiences with chronic illness, because when you are in your twenties a lot of other awesome and often times embarrassing things happen to you that seem more important than your health problems. So you will find lots of embarrassing personal essays compiled here on this website, because there’s no better way to feel crippling anxiety success & fame than to put your whole life out there on the internet for your family, friends, high school bullies and the staff at Cineplex who sell you the popcorn & hot dog combo three nights a week to read.

 

40 Comments on About

  1. momfawn
    December 13, 2013 at 5:58 am (4 years ago)

    I like your style! Thank you for following me at Triggershorse. – Fawn

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  2. From Casinos to Castles
    December 13, 2013 at 6:50 am (4 years ago)

    I love that quote and I love the humor! If you can;t laugh about all this shit, then it will surely get the better of you! Thanks for following me, although I don’t write much about my neuro stuff. I’ll be following you on Bloglovin though! It will be nice to “go somewhere” and be real about how fucked up this all is!

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    • lisermarie2013
      December 29, 2013 at 5:46 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks! Glad you can relate to my writing! Although also not glad because that means you can relate to shitty things. You know what I mean…I hope. All the best!

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  3. rainshadowfarm
    December 14, 2013 at 12:40 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for following me at Rainshadow Farm Institute. I love that you have your sense of humor; I hate that you’re dealing with this. Fully half of my friends at this point have some kind of chronic illness or two or three. Me too. I’m still working, but part time. I’m trying not to think too much about the future. Easier for me since I’m old. I’m following you through something called Bloglovin and if that doesn’t work I’m going to put your bloginto my Google Feedly. That one I actually know how to use. Enjoying your writing!

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    • lisermarie2013
      December 29, 2013 at 5:47 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks, girl! Glad you enjoy the blog and to have some loyal followers already! I should find out what this Google Feedly thing is. I don’t know much about internet.

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  4. E. Milo
    December 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I have the foulest mouth I know and Kurt Vonnegut is one of my all time favourites. Thank you for finding my blog, so I found yours. 🙂

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    • lisermarie2013
      January 7, 2014 at 6:38 am (4 years ago)

      Oooooh what is your favourite Vonnegut book?!

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      • E. Milo
        January 10, 2014 at 1:01 am (4 years ago)

        That’s hard, mainly because, when I first discovered him, I went on a binge and read about 5 on a row and they’re all jumbled up in my head. But I would say, Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, Welcome to the Monkey House…
        Here’s a great quote from him that I put on my blog:
        “If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
        The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.”

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      • lisermarie2013
        February 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm (3 years ago)

        I love that quote!
        I had a tattoo consultation booked recently to get a vonnegut quote tattooed on my arm but I chickened out.
        Have you read Hocus Pocus?

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  5. thebritishberliner
    January 6, 2014 at 7:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much for following me. If you can’t laugh about stuff we’re going nowhere! I very look forward to reading your posts. 🙂

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    • lisermarie2013
      February 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm (3 years ago)

      I totally agree! I always say that laughter is the best medicine if you can’t afford prednisone.

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  6. Billie
    January 8, 2014 at 2:11 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for following my blog! I sooo love yours because we seem quite alike character-wise and hey, don’t mind the cursing… it helps relieve stress… FACT! :D)

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    • lisermarie2013
      February 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Billie! I’m heading on over to your blog now to have another read!

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  7. Lindsey (Currie) Dubois
    January 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I like people who swear a lot. Thanks for following my blog and I will now read through yours. 🙂

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    • lisermarie2013
      January 22, 2014 at 10:50 pm (4 years ago)

      YOU ARE SO NICE! This is my first blogging award and I’m super excited! Thank you kindly!!

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  8. The Hook
    January 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm (4 years ago)

    I hope your health issues don’t stand in the way of what is shaping up to be a wonderful life, young lady.
    Welcome to WordPress, by the way.

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    • lisermarie2013
      February 20, 2014 at 3:01 pm (3 years ago)

      I didn’t see this comment until I came into my about section to edit a few things. Thanks, bestie! You’re kind.

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  9. Ned's Blog
    February 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Humor is a powerful antibody. Cussing seems to help, too. So I think you have it covered! Looking forward to following you — and cheering you on.

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    • lisermarie2013
      February 9, 2014 at 4:33 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Ned! I’m glad you were Hooked so I could find your hilarious blog! I’m looking forward to reading through it and getting caught up.

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  10. On the way to "the top"
    April 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm (3 years ago)

    The little amount I have read of your blog thus far is enough to keep me coming back for more! Absolutely delightful. (In a curse like a fucking sailor and make fun of your situations kind of way) I enjoy people who find the humor in their own shenanigans and awkwardness, I love your style of writing and the theme of your blog. Also with a fast scroll the photo shop is believable.

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  11. Lindsey Koz
    August 1, 2014 at 1:11 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you so much for the follow! I can’t believe that my measly new blog reached someone in Canada 🙂 I love your humor and writing style and look forward to reading more from you!

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  12. surgeryattiffanys
    August 14, 2014 at 2:26 am (3 years ago)

    I have just discovered your blog and love reading it. You have an amazing perspective and you write with such honesty. I can see your pain and frustrations beneath all the funny things you write. I have great respect for your sense of humour, it will do you well in the long run. I have seen over and over again how people who ‘adapt’ to their disease do so much better than those who decide to ‘wallow’ in it. I bet it is not easy and I so admire you for it. Looking forward to reading more and supporting you on your journey! xo

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    • lisermarie2013
      November 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you very much! What a nice thing to say. I think it’s really important not to take everything too seriously (although that is challenging at times of course) because it’s like my boyfriend says, if you can’t change the situation might as well make the most of it. Thanks for reading my blog!

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  13. DailyJuniorDogBlog
    August 17, 2014 at 12:44 am (3 years ago)

    Just found you. Will follow. Just Love your blog. My therapy dog and I write The Daily Junior Blog about the human animal bond and chronic illness. My therapy dog thinks I’m a chipmunk since I started on the dreaded Prednisone.
    I amuse him.
    Jill and Junior

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    • lisermarie2013
      November 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm (3 years ago)

      I wish I saw this sooner! I am checking out your blog right now. Great idea for a blog, by the way! Thanks for the follow. I wish you all the best on your prednisone journey!

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  14. sundreemz
    August 23, 2014 at 9:24 am (3 years ago)

    Thank you for finding my blog so I could fin yours! I am still new to this whole blog thing and am trying to figure it out one post at a time! Any tips or pointers on how I am doing would be most welcomed!! Thanks for following me.

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  15. FitsofWit
    September 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Nice page. Inspirational!
    I am a fellow sailor mouth.
    I dig your style.

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    • lisermarie2013
      November 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I just visited your blog and I’m loving it. Glad to find some other sailor mouths out there!

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  16. chellem90
    October 9, 2014 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve just come across your blog and just wanted to say, its amazing! Your humour and the way you write is brilliant! I’ve just recently started my own blog about living with Cerebral Palsy and I’d love some feedback from fellow bloggers.
    Please check it out http://www.seemenotcp.wordpress.com
    Keep on writing such amazing posts 🙂
    Take care, Michelle

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    • lisermarie2013
      November 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you thank you! I am so happy anytime someone with a chronic illness finds my blog and also finds enjoyment out of it. I’m checking out your blog right now!

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      • chellem90
        November 17, 2014 at 2:53 pm (3 years ago)

        You’re welcome & I really hope you like my blog! 🙂

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