Essays

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

How I Beat Postpartum Depression

One in seven women experience postpartum depression. So the trick is knowing you're not alone. You just need to find your tribe.

How Migraines Drove Me Out Of The Office, And Into My Dream Job

Self-employment was the perfect solution for my problem with chronic headaches, but it shouldn't have been my only option.

When Lupus Happens To You

In today's celebrity culture, it's all too common to compare yourself to the glitterati... but that cuts both ways when you have an autoimmune disease.

Displacement And Dysplasia In The Wake Of Civil War

In the slums of Bogota, one of Colombia's poorest neighborhoods, it can be hard enough to overcome poverty, let alone disability.

The Kiddie Car Syndrome

Steering a loved one through illness can bring back to the surface childhood disillusionments long thought forgotten.

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?