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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8 Chronically Ill YouTubers To Follow For Daily Inspiration

From muscular dystrophy to seasonal affective disorder, here are nine YouTubers showing what life with a health condition is really like.
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Dating With A Self-Destructing Thyroid

It can be hard finding love with a chronic condition like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. But it can also make it easier to find the people worth loving.
An Asian man in his thirties wearing glasses and a gray parka standing in front of a waterfall.
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I Tried To Quit My Job Because Of Psoriasis, But Thankfully, They Wouldn't Let Me

Through their support during my worst psoriasis flare-up, I got a glimpse of the way more people should be supported during their health crises.
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The Best Advice A Doctor Ever Gave Me

Just two simple words, but that advice not only gave me the strength to keep going, but a path forward as I searched for a diagnosis.
Woman wearing a blue beret and a paper air mask holds up a sign reading "Stop Pollution"
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How Climate Change Is Hurting Our Health

More heart attacks. Worse asthma attacks. Year round allergies. And tropical diseases everywhere. That's just a taste of what climate change is doing to our health.
The silhouette of a man doing a karate kick against a clouded sky at sunrise.
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From Karate Kid To Paralysis

Jake Levitt was just 12 when he had his first attack of periodic paralysis, a rare orphan disease. The rest of his life has been spent fighting back.
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Bald Is Beautiful

In a society which equates health and attractiveness with hair, these three alopecia crusaders are proving that baldness can't stop anyone from living a happy life.
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8 Inspiring #ChronicallyIll Women To Follow On Instagram

By documenting their lives with a health condition, these incredible women are not only fighting stigma and raising awareness, they're helping build communities.
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My Son Gave Me A Kidney. He Has Been Chronically Ill Ever Since.

I'll probably never know if he got sick because he donated an organ to me, but after years of soul-searching, I'm determined not to let his kidney go to waste.