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Posts by Rachel Cohen

Endometriosis Awareness

176 million women live with endometriosis and I am one of them. To me, this enigmatic and commonly misunderstood disease is a symbol of so much more than a simple illness. The mere utterance of the word ‘endometriosis’ unfurls within me a tangled web of sour resentments and acidic regrets that have been left to…

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It Could Happen to You: How I Became Addicted to Painkillers

In my world, drugs were a shrouded secret, spoken about in hushed voices, whispered behind cupped hands as though the mere utterance of the word aloud was dangerous. As children, we were warned to ‘say nope to dope’, as teenagers, accosted with cautionary tales of those whose lives were ruined by one taste of the…

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