Approaching the Two Year Mark Living with Long Covid

Grace first contracted COVID-19 in October of 2020, having a fairly serious infection that almost required hospitalization. She caught COVID again just a month later, likely from a visit to the hospital. These back to back infections seemed to trigger an avalanche of health issues. Throughout 2021 she would be Read more…

Living with a Mysterious Seizure Disorder

Emily has been having mysterious seizures since she was 8 or 9 years old. Her preliminary tests all came back normal, and none of the adults responsible for her care pushed any further for a diagnosis. Over time the seizures blended into her daily life, becoming a normal occurrence in Read more…

Living with Friedreich’s Ataxia

When Sydni was 7 or 8 years old she started exhibiting symptoms of instability and difficulty walking. At 10 she was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), a rare inherited neurodegenerative disease. Both of her parents were unknowing carriers of the disease, giving birth to two children with FA. Over time Read more…

Born Positive: Living with HIV since Birth

Joseph Kibler is a 32 year old actor and writer who was born HIV positive. As a baby he wasn’t expected to live past 4 years old, but an experimental drug trial run by Dr. Fauci in the 80s gave him the chance to thrive. The virus altered the gray Read more…

Life as a Spinal Cord Injury Survivor

Chris Stigas is an entrepreneur and accessibility activist. His first accessibility product, the HandiCup, fills the need for a simple, effective solution for carrying a beverage on a wheelchair or walker. He is the recipient of the 2020 Patti Dawson Activist of the Year Award for his work with Spinal Read more…

Late Stage Lyme Disease: Diagnosed 20 Years Later

At 11 years old, it was common for Emily to play in the grassy field of the buffalo farm where she grew up. One day she was bitten by a tick, developing a bullseye rash around the bite. Within weeks she developed a severe fever and hallucinations, but unfortunately the Read more…

Living with Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)

Six weeks before finishing her residency in internal medicine, Summer started experiencing bizarre neurological symptoms in her left leg. Instead of focusing on becoming a doctor she suddenly became the patient, searching for answers to her mysterious symptoms. Summer was initially misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis, learning years later that she Read more…

Rolling with a Mystery Disability

Like millions of other Americans, Mya suffers from a disabling undiagnosed disease. She experiences constant pain, brain fog, and requires a wheelchair to be mobile. But she is also a viral TikTok sensation, known for her joyous attitude, dance moves and social activism on behalf of the disabled community. In Read more…