Health Filter
  1. Extremely Abbreviated Description of One Female’s Pain

    “I was excited by the idea that something really was wrong with me.” Alex Press writes about her health, female pain, and the writing of Leslie Jamison.

    Essay
  2. Family Genes

    All the males in Neil Kramer’s family had an inherited muscular disorder — but none of them ever talked about it, or sought help. Neil breaks that pattern.

    Family
  3. breaking the surface

    Tenille Campbell recognized burnout and then did something about it: “But slowly, slowly, I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t feel the joy. I couldn’t feel the passion. I felt… grey. Nothing. Absent.”

    Commentary
    Photo by Tenille Campbell
  4. Cancer in Canada

    Canadians’ odds of getting sick or dying depend surprisingly on where they live. Check out the National Post’s interactive map to learn more about cancer in Canada.

    Data
  5. Dimple Be Gone

    “How fragile is my character if changing my appearance would really threaten it?” Blogger Jess reflects on the tensions between her changing body and her life-long identity as a “big girl.”

    Health
  6. When life gives you hospital beds, find your inner balconies

    “When life gives you / hospital beds, / turn those / sunlit windows / into your / inner balconies / instead.”
     
    Christy Bharath meditates on life in India, post-surgery.

    Animals
  7. Taking a Trip Through Love Canal: The Residuum

    “That’s where we are at. As a society, our bodies and minds are in such a poor condition that we cannot touch our proverbial toes—we cannot control ourselves, yet we want to control something outside of ourselves.” Jack Caseros on environmental contamination, not climate change, as our most pressing environmental issue.

    Commentary
  8. I Hate Running

    “I have three different pairs of shoes I hate running in. Every time I run, I pick one pair, and I go out and run in them, and I enjoy it about as much as I enjoy brushing my teeth in the morning, except running lasts way longer.”

    Health
  9. Look

    Ruby Pipes comes to terms with a relapse after three years of sobriety: “Yet I continue forward. Despite my current inability to see why. Though I feel I don’t deserve it and it doesn’t matter anyway.”

    Health
  10. Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist

    Amy learns to let go of the futile quest for “perfect” and instead embrace intuition and uncertainty: “Some steps are wobbly and small. Others are strong and purposeful. But they are all steps forward, no matter how they land.”

    Health
  11. “We’re all pointing in different directions. I’d like to think I know where True North is, but with so many others’ fingers extended, jabbing all over the place, how can I be sure?”

    Commentary
  12. It’s Not Just Muscles I’m Growing, Here

    “Numbers do not tell you, or me, or anyone else, my worth, they are simply numbers, and the one on my scale is no different, and that’s what my sports have done for me.” Powerlifter Stephanie reflects on how sports have given her much more than physical fitness.

    Health
  13. Rural Realities of Repealing the ACA

    “I mourn the loss of possibility, of promise, of our pursuit of happiness.” A couple, both insured through the Affordable Care Act, contemplates the loss of insurance and the loss of the life they’d hoped to have.

    Health
  14. My ancestors survived colonization and all I got was this lousy eye twitch

    A medical condition requiring botox sends the author — a young indigenous woman — deep into an unfamiliar, unwelcoming space: a cosmetic surgery office.

    Health
  15. And, now, for the weirdest medical diagnosis ever.

    With humor and insight, Carol J. Pardun writes about the rare swallowing disorder she was diagnosed with — and what she’s learned from the process about herself and what she wants the next year to look like.

    Health