Essays

First-person narratives about what it’s like living with illness, from people who know.

How The Beatles Helped Me Survive Brain Cancer

When you're getting your brain tumor blasted with protons, a masterpiece like the White Album goes a long way towards helping you keep your sanity.

My Blade Runner Eyes

Photographer Nadya Lev was the toast of the fashion world, but it was only when she started going blind that she really learned how to shoot.

Dr. Wrong

Finding a doctor who can diagnose your seemingly undiagnosable condition isn't like dating. It's worse.

Being The Ideal Diabetic

When you have Type 1 Diabetes, every day presents you with a choice: would I rather feel healthy or feel human?

When Doctors Couldn't Help Me, I Saved Myself

Doctors couldn't explain Coshandra Dillard's sudden seizure, but a lifetime of health literacy helped her heal herself.

How Do You Talk To Your Kids When You Have Cancer?

My diagnosis is teaching me about fatherhood, and how to prepare my kids for the day when I'm not around anymore

How Diabetes Made My Son Internet Famous

When Henry Jensen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it opened up a whole new world of friendship.

The Strange Rewards Of Being Sick

Folks writer Sarah Wilson talks about the intense vulnerability and great kindnesses created by being chronically ill.

What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Having Cancer

In movies, cancer is an extraordinary condition that enables extraordinary events. But in real-life, cancer is not extraordinary. It's part of life.