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Chronic Illness

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.

Why Are We Ashamed To Need Medication?

Our society's poisonous belief in mind over matter when it comes to medicine isn't just wrong. It's dangerous.

The Stigma Of Fun When You’re Disabled

Why do so many people assume that just because I'm in too much pain to work, I shouldn't be allowed to do anything else?

Why The ‘Saw’ Films Are Relatable To Anyone Who Is Chronically Ill

The series' titular serial killer might be a monster, but part of what turned him into one was our broken, unfair healthcare system.