Essays

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

Making A Baby When You're Queer

My spouse and I had some romantic notions about in vitro fertilization as a same-sex couple. Then it didn't work, and we entered a medical limbo even straight couples know all too well.

Beautiful Girl On A Distant Planet

In the '70s, my best friend seemed like a prophet and a poetess from outer space. But she had schizophrenia, and as her symptoms worsened, I failed her.

How Kids Helped Me Accept My Stutter

My time volunteering helped me finally understand that my speech disability was just another way of communicating.

What Rap Taught Me About Diabetes

Living with Type 1 Diabetes isn't glamorous, but its made an indelible impression on my music.

How Chronic Illness Made Me A Better Writer

I always wanted to be a writer, but sickness taught me the patience, perseverance, and empathy I needed to turn that dream into a reality.

Coming Out Of The Chronic Closet

As a chronically ill teenager entering my freshman year at college, I'm learning that it's time to stop hiding who I am.

How Charlie Brown Helped Save My Best Friend's Life

A 1990 Peanuts special helped me get my friend to the doctor when she came down with a rare bone marrow disorder.

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.