Living With It
I Sting Myself With Bees 3 Times a Week
“I pick up the tweezers one at a time—a bee squirming at the end of each pair—and press it to my back, waiting for its burning sting.”
Living With It
When Support Groups Make You Feel Worse
Support groups are meant to offer the insight of others who "get it," but for some people, they can be terrifying—or depressing.
They're stupid. Plus, one almost killed me.
The Nightmare of Being a Woman with a Chronic Illness
Porochista Khakpour's memoir, 'Sick,' delves into the devastation of chronic Lyme and the fight for treatment.
An Oral History of the CDC Putting Ticks on a Muffin
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s infamous poppy seed muffin tweet.
How to Avoid the Disease-Carrying Insects That Will Be Everywhere This Summer
The number of reported illnesses from mosquito, tick, and flea bites has more than tripled since 2004.
People with Illnesses Talk About the Symptom They Shouldn't Have Ignored
If you think you might be sick, here's an idea: Ask a doctor what they think.
The Bizarre Chain of Events That Led to an Unusual Number of Ticks This Summer
Ticks can carry Lyme disease and other pathogens, so be extra cautious.
With The Julie Ruin, Kathleen Hanna Hits Reset
Hanna's most personal record yet is about "finally being able to write songs about my own personal anger, not just about my political anger," she says. "I've really had to relearn how to exist."
Here’s Where Animal Diseases Are Jumping into Humans
Ebola, Zika, SARS, and Lyme disease are just a few of the nearly 1,000 zoonoses that pose a risk to humans.
The Incredible Comeback of Rocco Baldelli, Baseball's Lost Star
A mystery illness ended the promising baseball career of Rocco Baldelli, except that it didn't. He's still out on the field, this time around as a coach.