Stories About

Chronic Illness

From Scientist To Confection Queen

After an illness derailed her engineering, Kerrigan Sanders was inspired by her grandmother to put her love of chemistry to new purpose.

Princess Leia’s Patronus

Therapy animals like Carrie Fisher's bulldog, Gary, are more than just pets. They're soothers of the soul.

The Kid Who Couldn’t Eat

A year without eating only made John Capecelatro a better chef... and a better friend.

Crafting Through Chronic Illness

Untold numbers of people suffering chronic conditions are turning to Etsy to find purpose and a livelihood through illness.

Saving The World From Vertigo

After suffering her own severe issues with the condition, Carol Foster invented a new way to combat vertigo that has won fans around the world.

Beauty Beyond Psoriasis

As a beauty blogger, Christina Patrice has made her condition visible to the whole world.

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

How a self-conscious teenage girl came through scoliosis to become a proud, irrepressible young woman.

Cycling Across Canada For Crohn’s

With a backpack full of bear repellant, Michelle Brideau is biking nearly 3,000 miles while dealing with a chronic condition.

Tiny Tales On Her Fingertips

A love for manicures and nail art helps Anthea Whittle deal with a rare neurological condition.

Art That Makes People Think: “This Is How I Feel.”

Medical student-turned-designer Josie Vallely uses collaborative visual art to tell the unheard stories of people with health conditions and to affect broader social change.

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 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.