Essays

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

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It’s Time For Hollywood To Rethink Disability

When disabled actors aren't cast for disabled roles, it doesn't just reinforce harmful stereotypes: it makes movies more boring.
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What A Dismissive Doctor Taught Me About Listening To My Instincts

Sometimes, your inner voice is your best medical advocate. So pay attention to it: it could just save your life.
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My Mother's Beautiful Smile

Through her invisible battle with multiple health conditions, including lupus and fibromyalgia, my mother has taught me the meaning of love and sacrifice.
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The Dark Side of Facebook Support Groups

I joined a Facebook group to help me cope with my husband's cancer diagnosis; instead, I was told to divorce him. Good Facebook groups are out there, but you have to know what to look for.
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Spider Hands

How Marfan Syndrome killed my music career, replaced it with a writing career, and helped me see the connective tissue flowing through everything.
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Respect Where You're Broken: How I Navigated Traumatic Grief

After my brother and cousin died, I was destroyed by grief. But if you work the problem, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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Why New Year's Can Be Toxic When You Have An Eating Disorder

In the coming year, make a resolution to think and talk differently about food and fitness. You might just save someone's life.