Pattie Thomas, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist and co-author (with her husband, Carl Wilkerson, MBA) of Taking Up Space: How Eating Well and Exercising Regularly Changed My Life, a sociological memoir about living as a fat and disabled woman in a society that stigmatizes both. Thomas is one of a growing number of multi-disciplinary scholars who are addressing the cultural stereotypes, stigmas, myths, and oppressive practices based upon persons who do not fit ideal body sizes. One of the seminal authors in the first anthology of this movement, The Fat Studies Reader, Thomas has been actively pursuing social justice for persons of size and supporting the concept of Health at Every Size(r) for over 10 years. She currently teaches Sociology at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thomas and Wilkerson also write and create multimedia about coupling when both members of the dyad are disabled. They bring to that project experience as a couple as well as both the sociological and organizational knowledge that they have drawn upon to create a life together.