Essays

First-person narratives about what it’s like living with illness, from people who know.

An Asian man in his thirties wearing glasses and a gray parka standing in front of a waterfall.

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.
A person looking through a peephole at a blurry woman.

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.
A delicate hand in front of a gray wall exhibit some hand motions typical of people with autis,.

What It's Like Growing Up Autistic

If only I had been supported in who I was, just imagine who I would have been allowed to become.

A Brain Infection Destroyed My Marriage, But Made Me A Writer

For two years, I lost much of my ability to communicate. I clawed it back, but not before realizing my husband and I didn't have much to say to each other.

My Grandmother's Gift As My Father Lay Dying

For #GriefAwarenessDay, the story of how a grandmother's love comforted both the grieving and the dying across two generations.

How My Chronic Migraines Taught My Four-Year-Old Son Empathy

I never thought anything good could come out of my migraines. Then I had a son, and they became a tool to teach him life's most valuable skill.

Bruce Willis, A Brain Hemorrhage, and Me

After a stroke put me in the hospital, I turned to the films of Bruce Willis to teach me how to Live Free and Die Hard.

Life After The Sell-By Date

When I was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer, I was given just months to live. Seven years later, I'm still cancer free.