How Magic Helps Me Live With Pain and Trauma

Mental and physical illnesses are inevitably interconnected, and it can become a chaotic loop of seemingly endless hurt. Being too sick or in too much pain to hang out with friends or participate in community, or being unable to access public transit or gather in public spaces, compounds the loss and loneliness of madness and disability, and being mostly housebound becomes a particular alienation amplifying symptoms of trauma. It’s a difficult cycle to interrupt and reinterpret.

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