Essays

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

Spider Hands

How Marfan Syndrome killed my music career, replaced it with a writing career, and helped me see the connective tissue flowing through everything.

Respect Where You're Broken: How I Navigated Traumatic Grief

After my brother and cousin died, I was destroyed by grief. But if you work the problem, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Why New Year's Is Toxic When You Have An Eating Disorder

In 2018, make a resolution to think and talk differently about food and fitness. You might just save someone's life.

The Four Magic Words That Gave Me My Voice Back

After a thyroid operation robbed me of my voice, I turned to a beloved children's book to give me strength.

How Being A Patient Taught Me To Be A Better Mom

Spending 18 months in doctor's offices may not have gotten me a diagnosis, but it has taught me patience with my kids and myself.

My Father The Werewolf

When I was a kid, my Dad taught me all about werewolves. Little did I know he was preparing me to understand his depression.

The Weight: Caregiver Fatigue And Diabetes

When your kid's life is on the line, caregiving is a 24 hour job. What do you do when that job wears you down?

There's No Such Thing As A Free Lung

A lung transplant sounds good on paper, but Annie Stein has found it hard to make friends with this new body part living inside of her.

2017: Our Favorite Essays

A werewolf father, a prophet from outer space, and what Selena Gomez can teach us about lupus: these are just a few of our favorite essays of the year.