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Laurie Edwards is a lifelong patient and an advocate for young adults with chronic illness. She is the author of Life Disrupted: Getting Real About Chronic Illness in Your Twenties and Thirties and In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America. She received her BA from Georgetown University and her MFA in nonfiction writing from Emerson College. She teaches writing for the health sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. You can follow her on Twitter at @achronicdose.

You're Not as Invincible as You Think

Laurie Edwards | October 21, 2013
I see firsthand the sense of invincibility that accompanies youth. My students have little reason to believe the long days, the all-nighters, and the jam-packed academic and social lives they lead will catch up to them. It is easy to dismiss patients with chronic illness as the elderly — those who have lived long enough to acquire the inevitable diseases of longevity. This is an incomplete picture of the chronic illness population, however...