Essays

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

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Falling Back In Love With Music After Deafness

40 years after sudden hearing loss seemingly ended my career as a pop music sensation, I finally learned to embrace my deafness, and become a musician again.

Depression Doesn't Happen After Pregnancy Only

I wanted to have a big family, but my struggle with antepartum depression ultimately led to me reconsider how many children I wanted to have.

How My Own Experience With Illness Helped Me Help My Grandma Die

My own battle with Guillain-Barré, a rare autoimmune disorder, gave me the experience and authority to be there for my grandmother at the end of her life.

My Long-Leggity Beastie, Anxiety

A helpful therapist and a high-school spelling bee taught me to finally confront the monster that was haunting my life.

The Scars Mean Life

Working as a photojournalist in other countries has taught me that the true meaning of my keloid scars.

Not Your Average Stay-At-Home Dad

Born with one arm, my husband faced a lifetime of workplace prejudice, until he finally found the perfect job: raising our son.

How Meditation Helped Me Heal After Hysterectomy

After surgery for uterine fibroids put me in bed for a month, I turned to mindfulness and meditation to recenter myself.

The Happy Little Life Club

The last lesson my mom taught me before she died of stomach cancer was the secret to living life to its fullest.

The Diagnosis That Wasn't

Learning about my son's ADD has finally helped me better understand what was going on with my brother, the black sheep of the family.