Essays

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

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?

No Silver Lining

My husband's slow descent into delirium had no upside, but it failed to diminish my love for him, or the effect he'd had on my life.

My Brother's Keeper

The hardest thing about marrying off my brother was trusting his new wife could care for his multiple sclerosis.

TV Dinners With Anxiety

For someone with general anxiety disorder, eating in front of the TV isn't about laziness. It's about self-preservation.

What Depression Means When You're An Immigrant's Kid

If you're a first-generation American, how do you tell your family about your depression when they believe that the answer to everything is to lift yourself up by your bootstraps?

Out of Body

Getting breast cancer felt like being cheated on: even after it was over, as with many infidelities, it took me a while to learn to love my body again.

The Fashionista With A Bullet In Her Ear

As a teen, Mildred Von's chronic hyperacusis got her labeled as an eccentric, a hypochondriac, and a drama queen. Now she's finding acceptance, with friends and the fashion world.

What Hashimoto's Taught Me About Prejudice and True Beauty

My mother's Hashimoto's diagnosis made me realize how much I took her for granted, and how much I dismissed her for being overweight.

The Silent Vampire Goes Trick Or Treating

Be kind to the quiet kids on Halloween. My son might not say thank you when you give him candy, but his silence isn't rudeness.