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Chronic Illness

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.

In Africa, COVID Is Killing Public Health

Experts sound the alarm over COVID-19 increasing tropical diseases deaths in West Africa.

I Have Vasculitis. COVID-19 Is The First Time I Have Hope.

Doctors and researchers never seemed very interested in my debilitating chronic health condition. Then it became a coronavirus symptom.

Accessibility Still Matters In The Apocalypse

During a global pandemic like COVID-19, accessibility matters more than ever. So why is society trampling on the rights of chronically ill and disabled people?

Why I Gave Up Looking For A Diagnosis To My Mystery Illness

In my twenties, I fell down a rabbit hole trying to find a diagnosis. For my sanity's sake, I eventually realized I had to give up.

How Almost Dying From Sepsis Changed My Relationship With Shaving

After a cut shaving my legs turned septic, I learned to accept my body hair, and stop caring what other people think.

Lupus Prepared Me To Survive COVID, But Society Wants To Sacrifice Me Anyway

In a crisis, America follows a familiar line of logic: it's okay if the chronically ill die, as long as 'real' people aren't inconvenienced.

Why Do So Many Women Have Mysterious Chronic Illnesses?

Sarah Ramey is a WOMI: a woman with a mysterious illness. And in her latest book, she talks about just why there are so many WOMIs like her in the world.

“I Don’t Want To Die In Here”: An Inmate’s Wife Talks COVID-19

In New York State, where thousands of inmate like Taverial Norman are chronically ill, immediate reform is needed to prevent coronavirus from spreading like wildfire.