chronic illness

The Intimate Act of Performing Pain

There’s an acute and near-indescribable vulnerability that comes with admitting to being in pain in real time.

Memorializing Survival: Piercing the Chronic Pain Away

Our tolerance for pain allows us to turn life’s horrors into something beautiful. Read more »

30 Years Ago, “The Golden Girls” Treated Sick Women like We Matter

Three decades later, “Sick and Tired” remains a cultural touchstone for people with chronic illnesses. Read more »

Survival Jean: “If You Look Good, You Feel Good” Is More Than a Mantra for the Chronically Ill

When you are diagnosed with a chronic illness, everything in your life becomes incidental. Read more »

False Choices: What Will It Take to Ignite a Feminist Healthcare Revolution?

Capitalism often tricks us into functioning from a place of scarcity, where longing for pleasure is the most we can aspire to. But what if we could tap into our desires in small ways every day? Read more »

Ill Advised: Chronic Pain, “Beautiful Suffering,” and the Endurance of Victorian Stoicism

Our culture’s attitudes and beliefs about pain haven’t shifted much with respect to gender. Read more »

Esmé Wang Finds Meaning in “The Collected Schizophrenias"

There are no easy solutions to the problems Esmé Weijun Wang poses, but she has provided us with the truth of her own story. Read more »

Controlling Interest: “The Favourite’s” Sympathetic Take on Power and Pain

The queen’s outbursts reflect a larger fear of losing control over her body and her kingdom. Read more »

Shining Light: Sini Anderson is Fighting for Late-Stage Lyme Patients

We’re too young to be this ill, and there are too many unanswered questions. Read more »

Abby Norman on Endometriosis, Healthcare, and the Legacy of Female “Hysteria”

We want there to be these tidy endings, but that isn’t the reality of living with a chronic illness. Read more »

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