Essays

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

There's No Such Thing As A Free Lung

A lung transplant sounds good on paper, but Annie Stein has found it hard to make friends with this new body part living inside of her.

2017: Our Favorite Essays

A werewolf father, a prophet from outer space, and what Selena Gomez can teach us about lupus: these are just a few of our favorite essays of the year.

The Invisible Woman

As a teenager, my eczema made me often wish I was invisible. As an adult, though, invisibility is more stigmatizing than I could have imagined.

How To Deal With Illness During The Holidays

Whether you're disabled or chronically ill, or have such a person in your life, here are some tips on getting through Christmas with everyone's health intact.

How To Reframe Your Life Goals After Illness

When illness strikes, it can be hard to get your life back on track. Here's some tips on how to embrace the new normal and pursue new, better goals.

How A Magic Pill Saved Me From A Hysterectomy

Thanks to fibroids on my uterus, half my life was spent in embarrassment and severe pain. My doctor recommended surgery; instead, in my 40s, I went on birth control.

GERD and the Midnight Gurgle

Many sufferers of gastroesophageal reflux disease spend their nights sleepless with fear that they'll choke to death before morning. Here's what that's like.

Reconstructing Dad

After two bouts of cancer and two hit-and-runs, my dad is more active than ever... and teaching me new lessons about what it means to live life to its fullest.

No Silver Lining

My husband's slow descent into delirium had no upside, but it failed to diminish my love for him, or the effect he'd had on my life.