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Chronic Pain

When COVID-19 Shut Down Her Therapies, Painting Became The Ultimate Pain Medicine

For 24 years, artist Kara LeFrance has turned to art to help control her chronic pain. But when the pandemic shut down her ketamine treatments, her painting took on new urgency.

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.

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Me Against My Spine

Because of my scoliosis, I thought I had to show everyone else I was capable. But the only one doubting my ability was me.

Trial By Fire

Severely burned as a young child, psychologist, speaker, blogger, and author Lise Deguire, uses her suffering to connect with others in pain.

From Feeling Stupid To Feeling Included

As a blind person, the acceptance shown to me in my yoga class reminds me that everything can be accessible to the disabled, if people let it be.

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.

We Need to Stop Normalizing Period Pain

Doctors and health practitioners agree: there's nothing 'normal' about extreme period pain. So why do so many millions of women take it for granted?

Lessons From A Roller Derby Fall

An accident left me with chronic pain, and a better understanding of how to forgive myself.

How A Career Change Cured My Chronic Pain

When my back pain got me fired from my old job, I had to become a school crossing guard to make ends meet.

When Someone Says They Are Disabled, Believe Them

Whether Jameela Jamil or a person sitting in a handicapped seat on a bus, we all have a duty to believe the experiences of others.

Virtuoso Of The Serrated Blade

After a dance career was ended in a car accident, Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz threw her passion into an unconventional instrument.