Essays

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

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An Ode To My Asthma Inhaler

How could I have spent so many years looking down on what just might be one of the greatest inventions ever?
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What My Students Don't Know About My Mental Health

Being a high school teacher is challenging enough before you add anxiety, depression, and ADD into the mix.
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Watching My Way To Wellness

My mental health drove me to my mother's couch. What drove me to recovery was the relationship with her I formed, watching birds out her window.
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In 2019, Choose To Be A Better Ally To The Chronically Ill & Disabled

Make this your New Year's Resolution. Here's how to stop being ableist in 2019.
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The Man In The Makeup Aisle

It's hard being a young man with alopecia. Especially when you're trying to learn how to draw your eyebrows on.
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When Health Insurance Is No Assurance At All

What does it say about our system when you can scarcely afford a routine medical procedure even after spending $12,000 a year on health insurance?
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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.
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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.
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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.