• Huntingtons Disease
  • After the Darkest Night

    My mother cried today. It seems as though I am looking straight into the mirror every time her tear-stained eyes peer into mine while she sobs into my lap. I have begun to grow more and more familiar with the depths of sadness that she suffers from. It’s always a type of sadness that she cannot form […]

  • Huntingtons Disease
  • No Name: Chapter One

    I’ve been trying to find a name for myself, and it seems that the further I dig into “who I really am,” the more unfamiliar I become, failing to even recognize my own image in the quick passing of a reflection. Ironically, most of this extra downtime has been spent on an almost (if not wholly) narcissistic […]

  • Huntingtons Disease
  • My Deceleration of Dependence

    I’ve always lived by the phrase, “Modest it hottest,” yet a this is a picture of me: naked, vulnerable, and dependent. Anyone who is close to me knows that I am terribly prideful. I don’t want anyone’s help. I can do everything on my own. I might be sick, but I’ll be damned if anyone I love has […]

  • Community
  • Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization Camp: Therapy Through Unity

    The Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization is a group that has successfully created a safe place for young people to learn and grow together through their connections with HD. The camp allows youth from across the country to come together and create life-long bonds, leaving with the knowledge that they have an endless amount of support and love whenever they […]

  • Huntingtons Disease
  • Dear Congress

    By Melissa Fern Dear Congress, On a Saturday night, with college parties erupting all around my apartment complex, I have decided to write to you. Instead of searching graduate programs at universities I’m interested in, instead of grabbing drinks with a friend after a long day at work, instead of inviting friends over for a movie… […]

  • Mental Illness
  • Cure For Paranoia: Creating a Cure for Mental Illness Without the Prescription

    Ya’ll, this had to be the most fun interview I’ve ever done. This 70’s inspired hip hop/rap band is taking Dallas by storm, bringing along with them a cure for mental illness without the prescription. The lead singer, Cameron McCloud (formerly known as That Kid Cam) was recently diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia, but instead of […]

  • love
  • My 21st: A Letter From My Mama

    By Melissa Fern 6.30.16. “Dear Daughter, 21. Wow. Now, there’s a number to celebrate. How can it be that the little girl who  Filled the fish tank with Cheerios, just to see if they’d float there too… Woke Pam up at 3 a.m., just to see if Preston could play… Wore shin guards as armor & strapped a […]