Chronic Pain

Inspiring stories about people persevering despite living in invisible pain.

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This Cosplay Photographer Uses Superheroes To Fight His 10-Year Headache

A cerebral spinal fluid leak led to a headache that never goes away. Imagining alternate universes through cosplay photography brings Shaun Simpson pleasure despite the pain.
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How Being A Patient Taught Me To Be A Better Mom

Spending 18 months in doctor's offices may not have gotten me a diagnosis, but it has taught me patience with my kids and myself.
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Fitness, Pain, and Ankylosing Spondylitis

Despite her diagnosis, Keefa Hawkins pushes her body to the limits through Crossfit: part of a quest to show that physical fitness is for everyone.
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The Fashionista With A Bullet In Her Ear

As a teen, Mildred Von's chronic hyperacusis got her labeled as an eccentric, a hypochondriac, and a drama queen. Now she's finding acceptance, with friends and the fashion world.
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Why Facebook Diets And Chronic Illness Don't Mix

That latest fad diet lighting up social media might be good for healthy people, but for a person with a chronic condition, it's a lot more complicated.
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Coming Out Of The Chronic Closet

As a chronically ill teenager entering my freshman year at college, I'm learning that it's time to stop hiding who I am.
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The 15 Year Long Headache

Joshua May has woken up with a headache every single day for the last 15 years, but he's still not going to let life pass him by.
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Cartoonist in Hell

Drawing comics for a living isn't all fun and games, says Evan Dorkin. Especially when you're living with chronic pain.
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Doctors, Stop Gaslighting Women in Pain

For almost 4,000 years, doctors have been treating women in pain less seriously than men. That needs to stop. Now.