Chronic Illness

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

Rejected Because I Can't Have Kids

After lupus, my fertility became the elephant in the room on every date. But ultimately, I learned there's no right or wrong time to share details of your health.
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Making Modeling More Inclusive Of Disability, One Brand At A Time

Born with spina bifida, Tatiana A. Lee is fighting for the representation of disabled people by working with Apple, Netflix, and more.

In The Shadow Of Hiroshima, I Learned To Love My Chronically Ill Body

When I was face-to-face with the Atomic Bomb Dome, I expected to feel a connection to history. I didn’t expect to see a reflection.
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The Skin Disease That Gave The World Socialism

“The bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles until their dying day," Karl Marx once wrote. 150 years later, it's time to think about them again.
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Black, Disabled, and Protesting In America

Ulcerative colitis may be incurable, but the same is not true of racism. That's why I fight.

How COVID Anxiety Pushed Me Into Chronic Illness

Going on vacation to Florida during a pandemic sounds dangerous, but it was doctor's orders after I'd worried myself into a chronic case of GERD.
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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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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.