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Heart Disease

“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.

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.

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The Human Cost Of Fat Bias In Healthcare

Doctors are often quick to dismiss overweight patients to just lose some weight to feel better. But such carelessness can be deadly.

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 Being Alone In A Boat Taught Me About My Chronic Conditions

I studied to be a scientific scuba diver, but after being diagnosed with heart arrhythmia, I no longer knew where I belonged.

What No One Tells You About Going Under

After anesthesia and open heart surgery, it's common to experience memory loss. But that doesn't make it any easier to deal with.

Sick and Tired

Fannie Lou Hamer was one of America's most important civil rights icons. But her health issues show that racism isn't just a social disease, it's a physical one.

The Mom Who Refused To Give Up

When Kaylee Mynot was born with pulmonary hypertension, doctors said there was no cure, and she would die before she was five. For her mum, Kaye, that just wasn't good enough.

The Frog Inside Her Chest

Rose Young makes tiny sculptures of food. It's the kind of work that requires intense attention to detail... all while a congenital heart defect wreaks havok in her chest.

What Women Need To Know About Heart Disease

A heart attack can look very different for a woman than it does a man. As a national heart disease spokesperson, Shalini Suryanarayana wants women to know the warning signs.

Drawing Out The Weirdness

Illustrator Gillian Goerz credits her career as an illustrator to her "small, interesting hands."