Chronic Pain

Inspiring stories about people persevering despite living in invisible pain.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.