Illness

Making it to the Mikveh– With Breast Cancer

By Avigail Rock | May 29, 2019

Published on The Layers Project Magazine in partnership with The Eden Center. A few months after giving birth to my…

Endometriosis Awareness

By Rachel Cohen | March 24, 2019

176 million women live with endometriosis and I am one of them. To me, this enigmatic and commonly misunderstood disease…

Ahava Emunah’s Story: Living with Love and Faith

By Shira Lankin Sheps | February 12, 2019

(1/7) “I Knew” “It was July 2012, and I had been feeling unwell. I was going back and forth to…

Michal’s Story: Lost and Found

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 29, 2019

(1/7) “In My Head” I was blessed throughout my entire life to lead a relatively normal life with no real…

Zissie’s Story: Never Lose Hope

By Shira Lankin Sheps | January 8, 2019

(1/6) “A White World” “When I was 19 years old, I went to Vermont with a bunch of friends to…

Learning to Advocate For My Health

By Sarah Gross | October 25, 2018

I was 16 when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and 23 when she died. I was 27 when…

Today, I Can’t Get Out Of Bed

By Shira Lankin Sheps | October 22, 2018

I’m writing this on one of those days, where it feels impossible to get out of bed. I have these…

Battle for A Better Life

By Michaela Abenson | October 18, 2018

As a young girl, I was ill for many years before being diagnosed. Like most people, I had never heard…

Young and Hurting: Trusting My Own Gut

By Batsheva Shachnovitz | October 17, 2018

Three years ago on Pesach I felt this terrible pain. A throbbing in my lower stomach and back area. The…

Endometriosis: Not What The Doctor Ordered

By Dina Devora Jacob | October 15, 2018

Being on the tail end of nine kids, I was often the person to move in with older siblings to…

Confessions of a Cancer Warrior

By Harriet Hessdorf | October 14, 2018

Over the past few years, a few friends have asked  me, “I know you don’t like to talk about it,…

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

By Rachel Cohen | July 15, 2018

In my world, drugs were a shrouded secret, spoken about in hushed voices, whispered behind cupped hands as though the…