Stories About

Chronic Illness

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.

If You Want To Survive COVID-19 Lockdown, Learn From The Disabled

Frustrated by endless weeks of self-quarantine due to coronavirus? Welcome to the world of chronic illness and disability. And after all this is over, remember us.