Profiles

Stories about interesting people, for whom managing a condition is just another layer in a rich and varied life.

Team Meleke and the Lung Force

After 15 years of misdiagnoses, Daphne Faitla-Rodriguez's mother Meleke died of stage 4 lung cancer. Her tragedy inspired an international movement seeking standards for better treatment.

A Circus That Shows All Bodies Are Extraordinary

In London, a circus troupe made up of the disabled and able-bodied alike explores diversity in all its forms. Meet Extraordinary Bodies.

How Crohn's and Depression Pushed This Man Into Law School

After chronic illness caused him to spiral into depression, JD Ward is studying to help people like him from falling between the system's cracks.

The Mom Who Refused To Give Up

When Kaylee Mynot was born with pulmonary hypertension, doctors said there was no cure, and she would die before she was five. For her mum, Kaye, that just wasn't good enough.

Full-Time Mom, Part-Time Pancreas

Being a caregiver to two kids with Type 1 Diabetes requires a lot of love, math, and sleepless nights. But Julie Seabury says it's all worth it.

The Frog Inside Her Chest

Rose Young makes tiny sculptures of food. It's the kind of work that requires intense attention to detail... all while a congenital heart defect wreaks havok in her chest.

Sex Ed With Brain Damage

Even with brain damage, Megan Andelloux has a real knack for getting people to talk about uncomfortable things.

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

After breaking her neck, Michelle Stilwell successfully juggled her roles as a Paralympic gold medalist, Canadian provincial cabinet minister and mother of an autistic child.

This Super-Smelling Pup Sniffs Out Students' Stress

Each morning, Cali, a four-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback, greets pre-K through 12-plus students as they walk through the doors of The Calais School. She’s checking their stress levels.