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Neurological & Cognitive Disorders

A Mermaid Saved My Brain

After a traumatic brain injury, a fairy tale I told myself in the dark helped lead me back into the world.

Cartooning While The World Burns

A battle with ALS isn't stopping renowned indie cartoonist Patrick Dean. He's using his work to attack systemic inequality and racism while he still can.

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Long Haul Through The Deluge

Becoming my father's caregiver after his stroke made me take stock of the fact that sometimes there are only hard choices.

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.

The Dyslexic Ophthalmologist Who Paints Alien Worlds

Stephanie Skolik's severe dyslexia couldn't stop her from a life of helping the visually impaired... or a second-life as a remarkable artist.

Designing A Wheelchair For Adventure

After a stroke left him partially paralyzed, lifelong outdoorsman Geoff Babb set out to design a wheelchair that could truly take him anywhere.

Living On Pluto With Dementia

Investigative journalist Greg O'Brien used the codeword 'Pluto' with his anonymous sources for years. Now, he uses it in his writing to refer to his battle with Alzheimer's.

What My Mom (And HIV) Taught Me About Caregiving

When my mother's health declined, I used the skills I had learned from my own chronic illness and the empathy I learned from her to be there for her.

Thank You. Goodbye. I Love You.

What living through the same condition that killed my friend taught me about making every second of my life count.

What ‘Joker’ Says About Our Broken Health Care System

To a fellow survivor like me, 'Joker' exposes our system's failure to properly rehabilitate people after traumatic brain injuries.

Ask Ada: Being There For Your Spouse In Hospice

Plus: helping a teacher connect with her student, who has autism.