Essays

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

The Strange Rewards Of Being Sick

Folks writer Sarah Wilson talks about the intense vulnerability and great kindnesses created by being chronically ill.

What Hollywood Gets Wrong About Having Cancer

In movies, cancer is an extraordinary condition that enables extraordinary events. But in real-life, cancer is not extraordinary. It's part of life.

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken

How a self-conscious teenage girl came through scoliosis to become a proud, irrepressible young woman.

Playing Ball With Low Blood Sugar

Balancing the passion of an athlete with the reality of Type 1 diabetes requires admitting a certain amount of weakness.

What I Learned From A Summer At Diabetes Camp

Shaving-cream balloons, towel fights, poison ivy on the toilet seat, and lots of insulin injections. Just another day at diabetes camp.

What Do You Say To Someone With Cancer?

Some subjects aren't as hard to discuss as you might think.

My Airless Nation

They told her she needed a breathing machine. Instead, she got a radiator.