Profiles

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

Because Sickness Doesn't Mean The End Of Sexuality

Tonia Sina's extremely rare blood disorder has helped her teach others that having a chronic condition doesn't mean you're chronically unsexy.

The Textile Artist Who Weaves Tapestries With Trichotillomania

Through repetitive, mindful weaving, Erin M. Riley keeps her impulse to pluck her hair out under control.
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Deep Focus

Known for his massive, photorealistic portraits, American artist Chuck Close says he owes all of his artistic success to his limitations.

The Girl With The Beautiful Photographs

“I've learned that if you really want to find peace in life, you have to learn how to embrace [your obstacle] as a stepping stone,” says 14-year-old photographer Emma Ketterer.

A Deadly Dream Job

Whether hunting gators or surviving cancer, Ronald Guy is used to looking death down the throat.

Saxophone Colossus

Kidney failure, dialysis, and an autoimmune disorder didn't stop Dayna Stephens from becoming a jazz hero.

13 Days, 7 Wonders, And One Case Of Skin Cancer

When you survive three near-death experiences, the universe might be trying to tell you something: go out and see the world.

Queen Of The Real-Life Furiosas

Angel Giuffria was the world's first bionic baby. Now she wants to be Hollywood's first bionic leading lady.

The Celiac Chef With Grease In Her Bones

Sick of pitiful gluten-free meals, Oakland chef Lizzy Boelter set out to prove that having celiac disease doesn't need to end anyone's love affair with delicious fried foods.