Chronic Illness

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

Body Image After An Ostomy Bag

After ulcerative colitis, Crossfitter Lilly 'The Legend' Polivoda had to learn to love her body on different terms.

Just Because I "Look Great" Doesn't Mean I'm Not Sick

If you've ever complimented a chronically ill person on their appearance when they mention their health, it's time to stop.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying, And Accept Being Bald

As a balding woman with PCOS, learning to let go of my hair was the first step towards having the hair of my dreams.
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Why Are We Ashamed To Need Medication?

Our society's poisonous belief in mind over matter when it comes to medicine isn't just wrong. It's dangerous.
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The Stigma Of Fun When You're Disabled

Why do so many people assume that just because I'm in too much pain to work, I shouldn't be allowed to do anything else?
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Why The 'Saw' Films Are Relatable To Anyone Who Is Chronically Ill

The series' titular serial killer might be a monster, but part of what turned him into one was our broken, unfair healthcare system.

"Yes, And...": The Critical Improv Skill That Can Help You Live Life With Chronic Illness To The Fullest

In improv, you're trained to keep building the story, no matter what. I found out firsthand the same skill is important in chronic illness.

When Embarrassment Can Kill

For years, shame and embarrassment stopped me from talking about my symptoms with doctors. My silence could have killed me.