Chronic Illness

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

5 Hollywood Celebrities Living Chronically Ill Life Out In The Open

What do Jameela Jamil, Selma Blair, Serena Gomez, Michael J. Fox, and Lena Dunham have in common? A chronic illness they're not ashamed of.
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Unearthly Pursuits

Inspired by her own chronic pain, Kansas City artist Courtney Lane takes the locks of fellow spoonies and uses it to make incredibly intricate works of Victorian hair art.
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How Professional Artists Deal With Chronic Conditions

Perhaps even more than in other professions, artists need compassion, community, and self-care to navigate the complexities of chronic illness.

Having A Love Life With An Incurable, Contagious STI

After going public with her own herpes diagnosis, educator Emily L. Depasse wants every person with an STI to know that a healthy love life is still within their grasp.

Learning The Language Of My Husband's Parkinson's

I've immersed myself in a new language three times out of love for my husband, but Parkinson's has been the most challenging.

Angry To Be Sick For Life, But Grateful To Be Alive

After my own lung transplant, I'm here to tell you it's okay to be both angry at the universe and grateful for the life you have left.

How Setting Boundaries Helped Me Rebuild My Health and Relationships

For years, I pushed past the limits of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. My health and friendships suffered. Setting boundaries was the key to getting both back.

Call Me A Biohacker, Not A Sick Girl

When you're facing a lifetime of illness, sometimes, you've got to glamorize what you're going through not to feel stuck in the sick life.
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What Real Friendship Looks Like When You're Chronically Ill

The best friends you can have when you're dealing with a health condition are the ones who can support you where you are.