Profiles

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

The Health Coach Who Refused To Be Wounded

After years of suffering from Hashimoto's Disease, Celiac, and depression, Allie Stark wondered what would happen if she stopped identifying as a sick person. It changed her life.

Pinky Fang, The Artist With Different Eyes

Being blind means more than one thing, and It doesn't always mean you can't see.

Ladlefuls Of Space-Time

Losing her memory didn't make Emily Eifler lose her sense of identity.

Because Sickness Doesn't Mean The End Of Sexuality

Tonia Sina's extremely rare blood disorder has helped her teach others that having a chronic condition doesn't mean you're chronically unsexy.

The Textile Artist Who Weaves Tapestries With Trichotillomania

Through repetitive, mindful weaving, Erin M. Riley keeps her impulse to pluck her hair out under control.
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Deep Focus

Known for his massive, photorealistic portraits, American artist Chuck Close says he owes all of his artistic success to his limitations.

The Girl With The Beautiful Photographs

“I've learned that if you really want to find peace in life, you have to learn how to embrace [your obstacle] as a stepping stone,” says 14-year-old photographer Emma Ketterer.

A Deadly Dream Job

Whether hunting gators or surviving cancer, Ronald Guy is used to looking death down the throat.

Saxophone Colossus

Kidney failure, dialysis, and an autoimmune disorder didn't stop Dayna Stephens from becoming a jazz hero.