Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

I spent a lot of my life ignoring and minimizing the shame I felt about my eczema. Instead, I went about life without dealing with the emotional consequences. It’s surprising how much shame around body image can affect our self-esteem, even when we know it shouldn’t.

Learning a vocabulary for how to talk about my experience of shame has been life-changing. I share this piece of my journey in the hope that, for others, it lessens the power of that which we hide and cover up.

I’m nonbinary. Here’s what that means.

And here’s what not to say

I’m Chinese American and I don’t speak Chinese perfectly. That’s okay.

I don’t want to hide who I am

As an Asian American woman, I dismissed the racism I experienced. Now I know we must confront it together.

This year has forced me to look back on moments in my life that I have brushed off