Health Filter
  1. “All the ways I know to ask for help slip through my fingers and I watch them as they fall. Pain makes me ‘authentically’ autistic, it strips back my mask and my connections, and it sits me down; silent and alone.”

    Autism
  2. I Think, Therefore I Am Getting the Goddamned Epidural

    Western philosophy clashes with Rebecca Schuman’s birth plan in her hilarious, harrowing Longreads essay.

    Essay
    Illustration by Annelise Capossela
  3. Not Without Cake

    Rellie, a London, UK-based blogger, focuses on beautifully shot, vegetarian and plant-based recipes on her food-and-travel blog, the aptly named Not Without Cake.

    Cooking
  4. “Hope has its own distinct kind of pain. Allowing oneself to hope — realistically, clear-sightedly, understanding the odds of change — is tying your heart to your sleeve, vulnerable as a new bruise.”

    Academia
  5. Inside the “Fake, Fantastical” World of Zumba

    At Quartz, Amy X. Wang returns from a week at a major Zumba convention with an entertaining, critical account of the dance-fitness fad’s origins and its current popularity.

    Business
    Image by Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ (CC BY 2.0)
  6. The Zero-Waste Chef

    The motto at Anne-Marie Bonneau’s ethical-cooking blog: “No packaging. Nothing processed. No waste.” Visit her site for recipes and resources on running a more planet-friendly kitchen.

    Cooking
  7. The Knockout Project

    Through personal stories, The Knockout Project aims to raise awareness about the dangers of concussion.

    Health
  8. The World of Disabilities in Relationships

    As Codi Darnell relates, when you’re confined to a wheelchair after a spinal cord injury, sometimes it’s others’ prejudices and preconceived notions that present the greatest challenge.

    Family
    Photo by Sasha Blaney Photography
  9. My Body Remembers

    “A year ago, I retired from football, but the effects of playing this game will likely never leave me.” Retired NFLer Eugene Monroe opens up about using cannabis to manage the chronic pain from years of sports-related injury.

    Health
  10. Taking a Shower with Fibromyalgia

    From Merbear at Knocked Over By a Feather: “When I’m finally finished with the herculean task of cleansing my body so that I don’t offend myself or others, I just sit there and let the water envelop me. I close my eyes and begin to build myself up for the next step.”

    Health
  11. I Need To Tell You

    Christine, who was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in 2012, responds to unsolicited advice: “I’m telling you my hands hurt. I’m telling you I can’t perform a simple task, a task that a child does all day long. I’m telling you I can’t express myself. My creative outlet is gone. . . . Hear that.”

    Health
  12. Undark

    Undark Magazine explores science at the point where it intersects — and sometimes collides — with politics, economics and culture.

    Business
  13. The Mass General Research Institute

    The Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute is the largest hospital-based research organization in the US. Researchers and physicians work together to find cures, improve care, and encourage medical innovation.

    Health
  14. CancerRoadTrip

    “Because when the going gets tough, the tough go traveling.” #CancerRoadTrip is Pat Wetzel’s mission for health and healing.

    Exploration
  15. 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