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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"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.

I'm Afraid Of COVID-19. It's Already Killing People Like Me.

As a person with severe asthma, coronavirus scares the hell out of me... not least because I have no control over the precautions other people are (or aren't) taking.
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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.

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.