More hospital for me, today.
The rest of you, remember to breathe and keep the toxic at bay.
And take in some beauty.

The tulips and daffodils are in bloom!
Thanks so much to all the lovely, kind people wishing me well. Your support is so vital.

It was a harrowing day. #Cancer is a slog, but I am managing (except for some trolls who have sad lives).

I remain grateful for all of you, for great docs, for my fab fam.

Thank you. 💜🌿
Filing columns from hospital beds is exhausting.
Once, when I was at @PhillyDailyNews, before email was a thing, I wrote my copy long-hand from the ICU. That story, about the ICU, was later nom'd for Pulitzer, but all I remember was thinking those might be my last written words.
There's a space we inhabit when we are living with extremes of illness, which millions are, right now. It's a hard space to be in. Everyone is at imminent risk of death all the time from happenstance,but when you are already ill,happenstance feels that much more near--and likely.
I saw someone respond to a Twitter friend who takes expensive meds to stay alive and they asked why he would do that. I've seen others troll the mother of a severely disabled child, asking why she didn't abort.

Our lives have meaning. How dare anyone question that.
I am fortunate that I can write from bed. I can interview people on the phone. I can do email interviews with people in other countries who don't have access to a phone. At no point have I thought my life is over now that I am paralyzed.

I'm angry, but I'm not dead.
A #disabled woman I know, who like me "doesn't look disabled," has been getting a lot of pushback because she writes #disability every day. "Don't you have anything else to say?"

Did I miss where we had TOO MANY stories of disabled lives when 1 in 5 Americans has a disability?
I'm just spitballing here, but the life I am forced to live as a person with #cancer who is now paralyzed as well is tough. And it's made tougher by the politics of what today's polls say are 43% of Americans.
A doctor told me today that I was lucky I still had insurance under this regime.
I said without the #ACA I wouldn't.
He agreed.

That conversation was anything but comforting.
Every time I see a white person I don't know, I wonder if they voted to put my life at risk.
I'm a Christian. We are supposed to model Christ and be forgiving.
But I am flawed and I harbor quite a bit of rage at those of you who made the lives of millions of #disabled people and people with #cancer so much more hellish.I wish I could buttonhole all of you and demand why.
I didn't want to turn this into a rage-fest. But I'm in considerable pain & this is a tough fight, day in/day out. It's not just the impact it's had on me,but the impact it's had on my wife, my family, my closest friends. The accommodations my editors have made for me--all of it.
So I want people to think long and hard about the votes in upcoming primaries. Think about the damage you might have done in Nov 2016, the harm that's been done to so many people at your hands.

Vulnerable America needs a Democratic Congress.
This is your chance to fix things.
All the kids who walked out of schools all over America today get it.
All the elected officials like my mayor, fighting to make our #SanctuaryCities safe for undocumented workers get it.
All the people at risk from Trump get it.

Commit youself to getting it.
#GOTV for Democrats.
I wrote about what the Trump administration is doing to us here:

It Sure Looks Like the GOP Is Trying to Kill Us
damemagazine.com/2018/03/13/it-…

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Oct 9, 2018
I don't think men really understand how different it is to be a woman out in the world and how quickly things can turn dangerous.
When I was living in New Orleans, I was walking home from work one night. It was fall--dark early & foggy.
A man came out of the fog toward me.
1/
He said hi, I said hi.
As he started to pass me, he asked me if I had the time.
I looked at my watch, looked up, he had a gun pointed at me.
He hit me so fast I wasn't able to steel myself.
I fell to the ground.
He said, "I could rape you right now, but I don't have time."
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He wanted my money.
I had the grocery money for the entire house (I lived with 3 other people) in my purse.
He took it and disappeared into the fog.
The whole thing was maybe ten minutes, start to finish.
I was shaking so hard I could hardly get up.
My head was bleeding.
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Oct 4, 2018
The majority of the working class in America is women and POC.
And white men as a group haven't voted majority Democrat since 1964--they stopped after LBJ signed the the #VRA.
Flip the narrative and start listening to the ACTUAL working class--the rest of us.
Stop centering white men for everything.
Stop claiming only white men can save us from the damage white men did to us.
Women are the working class--my investigation here:

damemagazine.com/2018/04/12/wom…
.@matthewstoller is very worried about white men, but it's really women of all races who are facing the worst effects of economic and social stresses.
My investigation here:
damemagazine.com/2018/05/10/why…
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Oct 2, 2018
The relentlessness of passing over superb women with strong credentials & election histories in favor of whatever man is a headline at a moment is exhausting.

Two months ago it was Avenatti. Now it's O'Rourke.

Bypassing the majority of Americans--women--is a national disgrace.
O'Rourke is fine. He is not, Harris, Gillibrand or Klobuchar.

▪Gillibrand is Congress' leader on women's rights & sexual assault victims.
▪Harris set NN2018 on fire with her speeches reclaiming identity politics.
▪ Klobuchar highlighted #Kavanaugh's unfitness for SCOTUS.
Americans MUST stop looking past women to find some man, any man to supplant them.

It took THIRTY YEARS of incredibly hard work for @HillaryClinton to get to run for POTUS. The rules for women are so different. No one sees a woman give a single speech and says "president!"
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Oct 1, 2018
I lived in NOLA right after college.
I drank most every day, as did everyone I knew.
We were all in the domestic Peace Corps, all in our early 20s, all hardworking activists with stressful work.
We drank too much at Mardi Gras, New Year's.
It's absurd to claim #Kavanaugh didn't.
Those of us who've had alcoholics in our lives--like Klobuchar--tend to be careful about alcohol because we've been damaged by the drunks in our lives. I'm a control freak, so never liked being drunk, but lots of my friends did. What IS true, is most 20somethings drink to excess.
This new tack from the #GOP to dismiss #Kavanaugh's alcoholic drinking--& I am not saying he was/is an alcoholic, but he certainly drank like one--is just wrong. It undermines their own credibility and ignores reality: statistically the vast majority of teens/20s get drunk OFTEN.
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Sep 29, 2018
Let's talk about sex, #Kavanaugh & Venn diagram overlap of male entitlement.

I've written a lot about sex in various contexts. In the late 80s/early 90s I also gave safe sex workshops back when folks my age were dying 24/7 from #AIDS. My 1st book was on juvenile prostitution.
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Most of us know consensual and non-consensual sex differ. The entirety of #Kavanaugh's defense and his defenders' outrage is predicated on the presumption that no teenaged boy knows what consent is.

THEY. KNOW.

Some, like their adult counterparts, don't care.

This is key.
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Since #MeToo we've seen egregious serial rapists like #BillCosby and #HarveyWeinstein exposed & attempts made to prosecute them.

But there are "lesser" sexual assaults we've given a lighter hand to: Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Mark Halperin, Louis CK--too many to list.
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Sep 27, 2018
I gotta tell you, folks, I have been so sick for the past 2wks, I have really been scared.

Sept 22 House GOP passed their new cuts to Social Security Medicaid and Medicare out of committee. $1.2T in cuts.

That's the safety net.

I've always hoped I could fall there. No more.
I had to call my bestie today to have her come up and stay with me while The Wife is teaching.

Even with the oxygen, hard to breathe.

I had to cancel interviews for tomorrow, a radio appearance for Friday.

Chronic illness like #cancer is incapacitating at times.
We need to do better for sick and #disabled Americans.

It is so hard to work and be sick.

Never getting better sick.
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