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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How Chronic Pain Made Me Stop Worrying And Love CBD

After an MS diagnosis, a quest for nerve pain relief led me to reassess my '80s anti-marijuana programming.
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A Lifelong Runner, Sidelined By Disability

Running has been the ribbon of continuity that has run through my life. Now it's been severed by disability, perhaps for good. What do I do now?

In Treating Chronic Illness, “Normal” Is Not Always The Right Standard

Normal is different for everyone. What doctors should concentrate on is you're not getting worse.
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How Disability Made Hiking Better For Me

In what I used to view as the marathon of life, permission to ramble has been one of the greatest gifts disability has given me.

What I Learned After 20 Years Of Chronic Illness

When I was 26 years old, I was diagnosed with liver disease. I don't know if I'd still be here if I hadn't surrounded myself with the right people.
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The Worst Thing About Lyme Disease Is What It Does To Your Mind

Lyme disease doesn't just affect your body. It can also cause paranoia, anxiety, depression, and sudden flashes of inexplicable rage.