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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The Best Podcasts For People With Health Conditions

Five podcasts that will make you laugh and feel less isolated as you deal with a chronic health condition or disability.
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Stop Saying "It's Better Than Being Sick."

Unless you're chronically ill yourself, you will never truly understand the difficult choices those with life-threatening conditions have to make.
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When It Comes To HIV, Knowledge Is Power

This World AIDS Day, know your status. Because while no one wants to have HIV, knowing for sure will give you power you wouldn't otherwise have.
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Stepping Out Of Epilepsy's Shadow

Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and journalist Kurt Eichenwald opens up about his lifelong struggle with epilepsy.
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Why I'll Never Be Okay With Having A Chronic Illness

Everyone expects me to be okay with my condition. I'm here to tell you that's not how it works.
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Getting My Life Back After Open Heart Surgery

James Beard- and Julia Child-award-winning author Linda West Eckhardt lives for food, family, and dogs. But what happens after the cookbook writer gets her chest carved open?
A disabled man giving a thumbs up sign underwater in scuba gear, alongside his diving instructor.
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The Big-Hearted Org That Brings Scuba Diving To Everyone

Disability doesn't exist underwater. Founded by Jim Elliott, Diveheart is an Illinois-based organization that wants to make sure everyone can experience what that's like.
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The Grand Mal Puppeteer

After Frank Maugeri received a life-changing diagnosis, the renowned artist and performer struggled to achieve balance between his art and his condition.