Essays

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

Stop Saying "It's Better Than Being Sick."

Unless you're chronically ill yourself, you will never truly understand the difficult choices those with life-threatening conditions have to make.

Can You Take A Vacation From Cancer?

When my family took a trip to the beach to take a break from my diagnosis, we discovered what vacations can and can't do to rejuvenate the soul.

When It Comes To HIV, Knowledge Is Power

This World AIDS Day, know your status. Because while no one wants to have HIV, knowing for sure will give you power you wouldn't otherwise have.

Why I'll Never Be Okay With Having A Chronic Illness

Everyone expects me to be okay with my condition. I'm here to tell you that's not how it works.

Getting My Life Back After Open Heart Surgery

James Beard- and Julia Child-award-winning author Linda West Eckhardt lives for food, family, and dogs. But what happens after the cookbook writer gets her chest carved open?

How Chronic Illness Helped Me Perfect My Craft

By writing poetry about the migraines that have afflicted me since my twenties, I gained a mastery over my craft I might otherwise never have found.

How I Diagnosed Myself Reading 'Alice In Wonderland'

After years of being ignored by doctors, reading Lewis Carroll led to me finally putting a name to what was 'wrong' with me.

My Threesome With An Eating Disorder

Dating is hard. Dating while trying to keep your anorexia in check is even harder.

To Tattoo Or Not Tattoo? After Breast Cancer, That's The Question

After a mastectomy, I felt mangled and ashamed by what I had lost. For me, micropigmentation was the answer.