Chronic illnesses can be confusing, isolating, stigmatizing… and invisible. On top of that, most people think only older people are affected. That can make being young while grappling with an autoimmune disorder, mental illness, chronic pain and a whole host of other chronic conditions a tough pill to swallow. Inspired by our coursework as members of Northwestern's M.S. in Health Communication inaugural class, Sanaz Amirpour and I set out to create an online publication to address this issue.
I designed the website and served as editorial director, working with a dozen contributors and two interns to provide story guidance and edit all content before publication. The publication attracted 4,000 visitors in the first 72 hours after launch. In addition, our content was shared by influential advocates and organizations and we received an invitation from Arianna Huffington to republish articles on The Huffington Post. We are no longer updating the site regularly, but you can find all our content on Medium.