Chronic Illness

Stories about interesting people, for whom managing a chronic health condition is just another layer in a rich and varied life.

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Accessibility Still Matters In The Apocalypse

During a global pandemic like COVID-19, accessibility matters more than ever. So why is society trampling on the rights of chronically ill and disabled people?
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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.
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How Almost Dying From Sepsis Changed My Relationship With Shaving

After a cut shaving my legs turned septic, I learned to accept my body hair, and stop caring what other people think.

Lupus Prepared Me To Survive COVID, But Society Wants To Sacrifice Me Anyway

In a crisis, America follows a familiar line of logic: it's okay if the chronically ill die, as long as 'real' people aren't inconvenienced.

Why Do So Many Women Have Mysterious Chronic Illnesses?

Sarah Ramey is a WOMI: a woman with a mysterious illness. And in her latest book, she talks about just why there are so many WOMIs like her in the world.
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"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.
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If You Want To Survive COVID-19 Lockdown, Learn From The Disabled

Frustrated by endless weeks of self-quarantine due to coronavirus? Welcome to the world of chronic illness and disability. And after all this is over, remember us.
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Why Chronically Ill And Disabled People Are Furious About Coronavirus

As a person with an autoimmune disorder, you know what makes me angriest about COVID-19? The fact that the same accommodations society is making to contain the pandemic are the ones it refused to make for me all along.