Essays

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

Fighting Off Hypochondria in a Mexican Shaman’s Temazcal

A travel journalist tries to outrun her irrational fear of health ailments, only to confront it square on in Oaxaca.

How Gardening Healed My Mother After Her Stroke

My 93-year-old mother never really cared about her garden. Then she had a stroke, and growing vegetables became her passion.

My Body, The Stranger

When you have borderline personality disorder, recovery can often be like learning to love a voodoo doll.

Falling Back In Love With Music After Deafness

40 years after sudden hearing loss seemingly ended my career as a pop music sensation, I finally learned to embrace my deafness, and become a musician again.

Depression Doesn't Happen After Pregnancy Only

I wanted to have a big family, but my struggle with antepartum depression ultimately led to me reconsider how many children I wanted to have.

What I Wish People Understood About Having Celiac Disease

Stop grouping us with the posers. Not everyone who is eating gluten-free is jumping on the latest dieting bandwagon. Here's what you need to know about celiac disease.

How My Own Experience With Illness Helped Me Help My Grandma Die

My own battle with Guillain-Barré, a rare autoimmune disorder, gave me the experience and authority to be there for my grandmother at the end of her life.

My Long-Leggity Beastie, Anxiety

A helpful therapist and a high-school spelling bee taught me to finally confront the monster that was haunting my life.

The Scars Mean Life

Working as a photojournalist in other countries has taught me that the true meaning of my keloid scars.