Chronic Illness

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

A Mighty Blow Against Sleep Apnea

By teaching them to play the didgeridoo, Alex Suarez helps fellow sleep apnea sufferers breathe easier.

For The Chronically Ill, A Ringing Canyon Of Light

Something powerful happens when, from out of the abyss of the Internet, a voice like your own echoes back to you: “You are not alone.”
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When Doctors Couldn't Help Me, I Saved Myself

Doctors couldn't explain Coshandra Dillard's sudden seizure, but a lifetime of health literacy helped her heal herself.

From Scientist To Confection Queen

After an illness derailed her engineering, Kerrigan Sanders was inspired by her grandmother to put her love of chemistry to new purpose.

Princess Leia's Patronus

Therapy animals like Carrie Fisher's bulldog, Gary, are more than just pets. They're soothers of the soul.

The Kid Who Couldn't Eat

A year without eating only made John Capecelatro a better chef... and a better friend.

Crafting Through Chronic Illness

Untold numbers of people suffering chronic conditions are turning to Etsy to find purpose and a livelihood through illness.

Saving The World From Vertigo

After suffering her own severe issues with the condition, Carol Foster invented a new way to combat vertigo that has won fans around the world.

Beauty Beyond Psoriasis

As a beauty blogger, Christina Patrice has made her condition visible to the whole world.