Cover Photo: Three color-coded and labeled illustrations of cross-sections of the human body, glowing with warm light.

First You Must Know Something Is Wrong

Everyone’s experience of a diagnosis is different. Here is mine: A key opens a lock I didn’t know existed, sending a door swinging wide.


the diagnosis at last,

finally, right now, mine


House Maybe the patient doesn’t know that anything is wrong.


first it is necessary to know that something is wrong



s.e. smith is a National Magazine Award-winning Northern California-based writer who has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Bitch Magazine, and numerous other fine publications.