Profiles

Stories about interesting people, for whom managing a condition is just another layer in a rich and varied life.

A woman in a wheelchair with a green dress with white polka dots on it tries on a tiara.

From Fashion Model To Ms. Wheelchair America

Ms. Wheelchair America 2018, Sheri Melander-Smith, channels her skills as an international model to raise awareness about people with disabilities.
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Bald Is Beautiful

In a society which equates health and attractiveness with hair, these three alopecia crusaders are proving that baldness can't stop anyone from living a happy life.

Why The World Needs More Disabled Superheroes

Becoming a superhero is every kid's dream... but when it comes to disability, it's a dream not reflected in most comics. That's something a new wave of comic creators is looking to change.
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Folks Video Story: An Orchestra For Everyone

In our first Video Story, we visit the world's only classical music ensemble for the mentally ill to see how Bach and Beethoven can help keep depression in check.

Agent Lupus in the F.B.I.

As an FBI agent, Shahna Richman was trained to handle everything from bank robbers to serial killers, but it never prepared her for lupus.

Holding Her Heart In Her Hands

Jen Hyde finds creative inspiration in the people and stories hidden behind the technology that keeps her heart condition in check.

A Spinal Cord Injury Can't Stand In The Way Of A Great Mom

When Debbie Soliz first got injured, she was told motherhood might never happen for her. Now, she dedicates her life to showing other women that anything is possible.

No Breath To Spare

Jane Nelson's chronic breathing disorders might have required a dual lung transplant, but it hasn't stopped her from living her life.

What Cats Can Teach Us About Living Life When You're Sick

Cat behaviorist Aimee Malpass, who has Crohn's Disease, says that cats are the kings and queens of mindful living. They should inspire us all.