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Chronic Illness

Making Modeling More Inclusive Of Disability, One Brand At A Time

Born with spina bifida, Tatiana A. Lee is fighting for the representation of disabled people by working with Apple, Netflix, and more.

In The Shadow Of Hiroshima, I Learned To Love My Chronically Ill Body

When I was face-to-face with the Atomic Bomb Dome, I expected to feel a connection to history. I didn’t expect to see a reflection.

The Skin Disease That Gave The World Socialism

“The bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles until their dying day," Karl Marx once wrote. 150 years later, it's time to think about them again.

Black, Disabled, and Protesting In America

Ulcerative colitis may be incurable, but the same is not true of racism. That's why I fight.

How COVID Anxiety Pushed Me Into Chronic Illness

Going on vacation to Florida during a pandemic sounds dangerous, but it was doctor's orders after I'd worried myself into a chronic case of GERD.

A Long-Distance Chronic Illness Love Story

My love affair with a German man would have ended eventually anyway. But my chronic Lyme disease diagnosis drove us apart faster.

Cartooning While The World Burns

A battle with ALS isn't stopping renowned indie cartoonist Patrick Dean. He's using his work to attack systemic inequality and racism while he still can.

Long Haul Through The Deluge

Becoming my father's caregiver after his stroke made me take stock of the fact that sometimes there are only hard choices.

How Social Distancing Is Improving My Disabled Life

As isolated people, the lives of me and my wife have actually become easier now that the rest of the world is cooped up with us.

Ask Ada: I Think My Ex- Is Taking Advantage Of My Condition

Plus: what to do when your parents won't take coronavirus seriously.

Getting Past Guilt

For years, I felt guilty about all the things I couldn't do as a disabled person. But now, I'm starting to change the way I think.

When Options Are No Longer A Choice

When my illness painted me into a corner, it made me realize the only way you can ever lose is if you choose to quit.