Chronic Illness

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

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.

How PillPack Is Using Storytelling To Fight Stigma In Healthcare

Ever wonder why PillPack publishes Folks? It's because we believe storytelling is powerful.

How Chronically Ill Communities Can Fight Online Hate

Online abuse among people with health conditions is on the rise. Luckily, so are support networks.

Body Image After An Ostomy Bag

After ulcerative colitis, Crossfitter Lilly 'The Legend' Polivoda had to learn to love her body on different terms.

Just Because I "Look Great" Doesn't Mean I'm Not Sick

If you've ever complimented a chronically ill person on their appearance when they mention their health, it's time to stop.

How I Learned To Stop Worrying, And Accept Being Bald

As a balding woman with PCOS, learning to let go of my hair was the first step towards having the hair of my dreams.
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Why Are We Ashamed To Need Medication?

Our society's poisonous belief in mind over matter when it comes to medicine isn't just wrong. It's dangerous.