Essays

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

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?

When Doctors Couldn't Help Me, I Saved Myself

Doctors couldn't explain Coshandra Dillard's sudden seizure, but a lifetime of health literacy helped her heal herself.

How Do You Talk To Your Kids When You Have Cancer?

My diagnosis is teaching me about fatherhood, and how to prepare my kids for the day when I'm not around anymore

How Diabetes Made My Son Internet Famous

When Henry Jensen was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it opened up a whole new world of friendship.

The Strange Rewards Of Being Sick

Folks writer Sarah Wilson talks about the intense vulnerability and great kindnesses created by being chronically ill.

What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Having Cancer

In movies, cancer is an extraordinary condition that enables extraordinary events. But in real-life, cancer is not extraordinary. It's part of life.

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

How a self-conscious teenage girl came through scoliosis to become a proud, irrepressible young woman.

Playing Ball With Low Blood Sugar

Balancing the passion of an athlete with the reality of Type 1 diabetes requires admitting a certain amount of weakness.

What I Learned From A Summer At Diabetes Camp

Shaving-cream balloons, towel fights, poison ivy on the toilet seat, and lots of insulin injections. Just another day at diabetes camp.