Published Essays




Hello Everybody!

I figured I would finally gather all my publications (you know, outside of my normal blog posts) in one place for easy access. Anything published will be under the name Kristin Wagner in a search. But you don’t have to do that, because here they are!


Traveling While Chronically Ill   at The Refresh 7/19/2017

A description of the immense planning it takes to enjoy a trip while chronically ill, with tips, and why it is worth the effort.


Bedtime at The Manifest-Station 6/7/2017

A tale of two bedtimes-one when the boys were toddlers and the limitations of illness became too much, one when the boys were much older and I could appreciate the love I already had in the midst of limitations.


Finding Shelter at The Rumpus 5/29/2017

A hurricane evacuation in Texas, and the realization that there is someone I need to be there for, and selfishly am not.

This essay is now in the Beyond Your Blog Hall of Fame for December 2016-May 2017, winning two categories, Personal Essay and Editor’s Choice!


The AHCA Will Be Dangerous For Us All at Progressives of Kane County 5/11/2017

How the repeal of the Affordable Care Act will effect myself (and my family) as a chronically ill person.


Roald Dahl, Candies, and Tyrants at Literary Mama 8/22/16

A reader response to the question, “How does children’s literature influence your parenting?”


Night Light at Quail Bell Magazine 5/27/16

Summer bonfires and what we learn at the edge of darkness and light.

This essay is now in the Hall of Fame for Beyond Your Blog for May of 2016!


Watermelon Mush at 4/28/2016

Feeling inadequate as a new mom does not lead to delicious baby food.


Why I Want People to Share Stories About Treatment Options at The Mighty  3/31/16

Why unsolicited advice about chronic illness isn’t always a bad thing.


Boundaries as Thin as the Skin Stretched Over My Belly at Full Grown People  11/10/15

The push and pull of teaching while pregnant-whose children will I take care of?


Muffled at Mothers Always Write 10/26/15

Realizing that my young son may never have been able to hear well.


What Fibromyalgia Has Taught Me at 4/22/15

The title is pretty self-explanatory, I’d say.


Reader Response to Open Receptivitiy at Literary Mama  11/10/14

Response to an essay on writer’s retreats-why I just won’t let myself get away.