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Chronic Illness

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.

How PillPack Is Using Storytelling To Fight Stigma In Healthcare

Ever wonder why PillPack publishes Folks? It's because we believe storytelling is powerful.

How Chronically Ill Communities Can Fight Online Hate

Online abuse among people with health conditions is on the rise. Luckily, so are support networks.

Body Image After An Ostomy Bag

After ulcerative colitis, Crossfitter Lilly 'The Legend' Polivoda had to learn to love her body on different terms.

Just Because I “Look Great” Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Sick

If you've ever complimented a chronically ill person on their appearance when they mention their health, it's time to stop.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying, And Accept Being Bald

As a balding woman with PCOS, learning to let go of my hair was the first step towards having the hair of my dreams.

How Diagnosis Can Lead To A Better, Happier Life

Diagnosis doesn't have to be a death sentence. Sometimes it can lead to a better life.