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

The Fashionista With A Bullet In Her Ear

As a teen, Mildred Von's chronic hyperacusis got her labeled as an eccentric, a hypochondriac, and a drama queen. Now she's finding acceptance, with friends and the fashion world.

What Hashimoto's Taught Me About Prejudice and True Beauty

My mother's Hashimoto's diagnosis made me realize how much I took her for granted, and how much I dismissed her for being overweight.

The Silent Vampire Goes Trick Or Treating

Be kind to the quiet kids on Halloween. My son might not say thank you when you give him candy, but his silence isn't rudeness.

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.