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Chronic Illness

How To Have An Awesome Sex Life When You’re Ill Or Disabled

Kirsten Schultz, who has arthritis, wants safe, satisfying intimacy to be attainable by everyone.

When Kids Help Kids

Inspired by their own hospital experiences, these kids launched projects to help other young patients.

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What It Takes To Fight A Stealth Killer

When her husband got sick with a rare genetic disorder, Marie Warder spent her life waging war on hereditary hemochromatosis.

How Chronic Pain Made Me Stop Worrying And Love CBD

After an MS diagnosis, a quest for nerve pain relief led me to reassess my '80s anti-marijuana programming.

A Lifelong Runner, Sidelined By Disability

Running has been the ribbon of continuity that has run through my life. Now it's been severed by disability, perhaps for good. What do I do now?

What To Ask Instead Of ‘Why Me?’

Chiari malformation killed my sports career, but it gave me new opportunities to show my character.

In Treating Chronic Illness, “Normal” Is Not Always The Right Standard

Normal is different for everyone. What doctors should concentrate on is you're not getting worse.

When Getting Sick Is What Teaches You How To Be Healthy

These lessons in self-care are what arthritis and Crohn's disease have taught me.

How Disability Made Hiking Better For Me

In what I used to view as the marathon of life, permission to ramble has been one of the greatest gifts disability has given me.

What I Learned After 20 Years Of Chronic Illness

When I was 26 years old, I was diagnosed with liver disease. I don't know if I'd still be here if I hadn't surrounded myself with the right people.

The Worst Thing About Lyme Disease Is What It Does To Your Mind

Lyme disease doesn't just affect your body. It can also cause paranoia, anxiety, depression, and sudden flashes of inexplicable rage.