Essays

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

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In Defense Of Oversharing

When you live with a chronic condition, getting comfortable with vulnerability may be your greatest strength.
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Rocking The Boat

Even though my Mal de Debarquement Syndrome makes me seasick even on dry land, I took a multiday boat ride with my husband, and lived to tell the tale.
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I Married A Doctor. He Left Me When I Got Sick.

Just because you married a doctor doesn't mean your marriage can survive cancer, but it can show you who you really married.
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Dating With A Self-Destructing Thyroid

It can be hard finding love with a chronic condition like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. But it can also make it easier to find the people worth loving.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.