Essays

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

How Comedy Kept Me Going Through Chemo

Stage IV Non-Hodgkins' lymphoma was the last place I thought I'd find comedy again, but laughing gave me power over my diagnosis.

The Memory Queen

When Alzheimer's took my grandfather's memory, I started writing a fairy tale to make sense of our loss. But dementia cannot be defeated like a fairy tale queen.

It’s Time For Hollywood To Rethink Disability

When disabled actors aren't cast for disabled roles, it doesn't just reinforce harmful stereotypes: it makes movies more boring.

A Day In The Life Of An Overstimulated Family of Six

How a shared sensory processing disorder helped a family understand each other better.

What A Dismissive Doctor Taught Me About Listening To My Instincts

Sometimes, your inner voice is your best medical advocate. So pay attention to it: it could just save your life.

My Mother's Beautiful Smile

Through her invisible battle with multiple health conditions, including lupus and fibromyalgia, my mother has taught me the meaning of love and sacrifice.

The Dark Side of Facebook Support Groups

I joined a Facebook group to help me cope with my husband's cancer diagnosis; instead, I was told to divorce him. Good Facebook groups are out there, but you have to know what to look for.

Spider Hands

How Marfan Syndrome killed my music career, replaced it with a writing career, and helped me see the connective tissue flowing through everything.