Chronic Illness

2017: Our Favorite Profiles

A deaf NASA engineer, a quadruple amputee Mom, an autistic superhero artist, and more: 10 amazing people whose stories we loved in 2017.

At Folks, we believe that everyone has a story, and that everyone deserves to have that story told. That’s why, this year, we wrote profiles of over 100 amazing individuals, each of whom is striving to live their best life while simultaneously managing a health condition. From a couple young siblings tearing up triathlons to raise money to cure their fatal genetic disease, to an adventurous backpacker touring the world in a wheelchair… here are 10 of the best profiles we published this year.

The Illustrated World Of An Autistic Superhero-Artist

Ray Vickers’ one-of-a-kind comics, which feature teddy bear ninjas and sword-wielding bunny superheroes, have become highly-prized by art collectors. But for Ray, they’re a way of making sense of the world.

What Happens To A Marriage After Parkinson’s

Every marriage has its own dynamic, but what happens when a motor system disorder turns that relationship upside down?

Riding, Running, and Swimming To Beat A Fatal Genetic Disease

Justin and Lexi Clark aren’t just in a race against giant axonal neuropathy, the disease that could kill them. They’re in a triathlon.

The Beatles Of Braille

In the heart of Mexico City, a band of blind musicians has rocked crowds for over 30 years.

You Don’t Need Hands Or Feet To Be A Great Mom

Changing diapers, driving carpool… just a year after a near-death experience left her a quadruple amputee, Elizabeth Zweigel is already back doing what she loves most.

Charting Her Own Flight Plan

A hearing disability grounded K. Renee Horton from becoming an astronaut. But it didn’t stop her from realizing her dream of working at NASA.

Roughing It Around The World, On Wheels

For nine months, Eamon Wood backpacked alone across Europe and the United States, proving the hostel life isn’t just for those with the use of two feet.

A Viral Campaign To Bring Disability To The Toy Aisle

Toy Like Me is putting pressure on the big brands to make their toys as diverse as kids are.

From Coast to Coast, Living
Beyond Type 1

Type 1 diabetes almost killed Sid Sharma, but two years later, he’s tamed it and riding it all the way from New York to San Francisco.

The First Boy On The Sun

Born with a rare orphan disease–Fanconi Anemia–that mostly targets Ashkenazi Jews, Jacob Grossman is a ray of light to a family and community who couldn’t do without him.