Pregnancy and the broken body

Pregnancy and the broken body

I woke up in the middle of the night recently and found blood crusted to my face. It ran from my nose, pooled at my lip and made its way down my chin. I stared in the mirror, reminiscing over my roller derby days — when bloody lips were common place — and wondered how I had … Read More

Why Thailand?

Why Thailand?

Five years ago, when I transferred to the Kansas City Roller Warriors, I met a skater named Gypsy Roller. I could tell by the way she skated that she was also a new transfer. She was small like me, all tatted up, and she had a quirky, dark whit about her. A few short weeks … Read More

Starting over again

One broken finger. One dislocated finger. Two toes that randomly pop out of socket. One thrashed ankle, originally broken at the age of 12, which suffers from constant tendon/ligament pain and stiffness that is always compounded by skating and running. One separated shoulder. One popped elbow bursa. Two concussions. This is my injury collection since … Read More