Health

My Radical Instagram Sangha: A Love Letter

A space has been created by this unflinching journalism, this unabashed Instagram memoir.

Sep 15, 2021
God Wants You to Be Thin (and Other Lies the Evangelical Church Taught Me)

I believed I had been nurtured, like a lamb, for one purpose: Mine was to be thin.

Sep 09, 2021
What Could It Mean for My Child to Inherit My Anxiety?

And does asking these questions make me a good mother?

Jul 19, 2021
Digital Distortions: Reflections on Zoom and Body Dysmorphia

We’ve spent quarantine in faulty mirrors, sparking negative feedback loops.

Jun 29, 2021
In America, There’s No Such Thing as Pure Water

If anyone knows how to create a narrative in response to ecological misfortune, it’s the bottled-water industry.

May 20, 2021
Inheriting an Autoimmune Disease and an Instinct for Survival

Science provides me with a vocabulary of illness, confirming what my body already knows: that it will never be the same

May 10, 2021
Staying Sober Through 2020

On January 6, 2021, I was 1,328 days sober. As domestic terrorists attempted a coup on the United States government, my heart broke for anyone on Day 6 of sobriety.

May 10, 2021
Proof of Mountain

On a long-sought diagnosis, chronic pain, and a trek to Everest Base Camp.

Dec 15, 2020
On Sharks, Sickness, and Swimming Anyway

Nora Feely on cancer, facing her fears by naming them, and navigating a world filled with sharks

Oct 07, 2020
Herbal Hormone Supplements Can Change the Meaning of Trans Embodiment

Estrogen and testosterone have historically been deployed to produce gender compliant citizens. What if, instead, they were agents of autonomy?

On OCD, My Mother, and the Ways I Learned to Let Go

It goes like this: sit with the thought, don’t move your fingers, arms, legs, let it enter you, let it stay, let it leave.

Jan 16, 2020
How My Fear of Loss Became a Fear of Fire

On some level, we all know: Everyone who is etched into our being will one day vanish.

Jan 13, 2020
Finding My Mother—and Me—in the Women of ‘Girl, Interrupted’

Living with mental illness is a constant cycle of wellness and illness, and each recovery is impermanent.

Oct 03, 2019
How I’ve Changed as a Parent in the Wake of My Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

On the heels of my diagnosis, I feel there is no way to construct a narrative around what’s happening to me—a deep betrayal for a writer.

Sep 23, 2019
Wearing Wigs Gave Me Freedom From the Shame of Mental Illness

And then there were the wigs: exercises in risk-taking, rejections of my boring and shame-consumed past self.

Sep 05, 2019
What to Expect When You Didn’t Expect a Preemie

After you have a preemie, but before you get to take your baby home, the world keeps going without you. It’s shocking, honestly, how much the world keeps going.

Jun 06, 2019
Taking Charge of My Story as a Cancer Patient at the Hospital Where I Work

Being an “interesting” patient who also happened to be a trainee made me a morbid little celebrity.

May 21, 2019
A History of Premature Births, Including My Own

Dr. Couney settled in the United States in 1903, when he began exhibiting incubator babies on Coney Island every summer. “Infant Incubators With Living Babies,” the sign above the building read.

Apr 03, 2019
The Medi-morphosis: Being Treated Like a Human Under Socialized Health Care

In France, universal (or socialized) health care is half-NASA, half-MacGyver. And it works. I have to suspect the main objection to adopting the best healthcare system on the planet is just that it’s French.

The Greatest Challenge of Raising an Autistic Child as an Autistic Parent? The Ableist World We Live In

Being disabled means hundreds of thousands of people believe they always know better than you do.

Dec 05, 2018