Chronic Illness

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

"At Least It's Not Cancer"

Cancer does not have an exclusive contract with suffering. Why, then, do we use these five words as a way to dismiss the loneliness and pain of others?

Breathing Free In The Most Asthmatic City On Earth

With some of the most polluted air on the planet, living with asthma in Mexico City requires equal parts diligence, determination, and technology.
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Racing From Pain To Passion

When she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Sarah McPherson thought she might never do sports again. Now an indomitable triathlete, they call her the Fearless Warrior.
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Reel Them In

Thanks to Project Healing Waters, fly-fishing is changing the lives of wounded veterans... and helping them heal.

I Fake Sick For A Living

Medical students need to practice their diagnosis skills on someone, so they practice them on me. I'm a standardized patient.
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From AIDS to Zika, New Books Teach Kids About Conditions

Whether Crohn's disease, lactose intolerance, or childhood depression, a growing number of children books feature diseases and ailments as their subjects.

Are Doctors And Patients From Different Planets?

Sometimes it seems like doctors and patients speak two different languages. In her new book, Dr. Danielle Ofri aims to help bridge the language gap.

Sick Women, Raise Your Fists! How To Fight The Power

In these Trumpian times, how can the chronically ill engage in political activism? It starts by learning how to articulate your experience.

Humanizing The White Coat

A Moth-style storytelling series for physicians aims to show that doctors are just as human as their patients.