Chronic Pain

Inspiring stories about people persevering despite living in invisible pain.

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What You Think Is Your Greatest Weakness Is Really Your Superpower

After learning to live with her psoriatic arthritis, television personality and entrepreneur Nitika Chopra has one simple message about chronic illness.

Migraines and COVID: How the Pandemic Taught Me That Canceling Plans Is Self-Care

Living with chronic migraines, I was always trying to keep pace with the outside world. But now, as the world does the same, I realize that it's okay to stay home to stay healthy.
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The Skin Disease That Gave The World Socialism

“The bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles until their dying day," Karl Marx once wrote. 150 years later, it's time to think about them again.
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Black, Disabled, and Protesting In America

Ulcerative colitis may be incurable, but the same is not true of racism. That's why I fight.
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Choosing Between Skiing And My Knees

I was in my 30s when I got new knees, but I needed them long before that. Here's what I learned.
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My Mother, The Caregiver, Made Me A Revolutionary

Despite arthritis, my mother works 16 hours a day and cares for my father, who has cancer. She escaped genocide to build me a better life... but she's the one who deserves it.

When COVID-19 Shut Down Her Therapies, Painting Became The Ultimate Pain Medicine

For 24 years, artist Kara LeFrance has turned to art to help control her chronic pain. But when the pandemic shut down her ketamine treatments, her painting took on new urgency.
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A Long-Distance Chronic Illness Love Story

My love affair with a German man would have ended eventually anyway. But my chronic Lyme disease diagnosis drove us apart faster.

Me Against My Spine

Because of my scoliosis, I thought I had to show everyone else I was capable. But the only one doubting my ability was me.