The Grim Appeal of Diagnosing Yourself on the Internet

I’ve had three different mysterious chronic illnesses. Each time, the struggle to figure out what was wrong drove me further down the online rabbit hole.

Caira Conner
Elemental
Published in
9 min readMay 20, 2019

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Illustration by Jaedoo Lee

ItIt was easier to search at night when it was quiet. I kept up the ritual the way I kept an eye for dying leaves in my…

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Caira Conner
Elemental

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