Story Network

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Living Well with Ongoing Health Conditions

The Story Network is a collection of personal essays written by parents of children and teens with an ongoing health condition or special need.

They tell honest, hopeful stories about day to day life, coping during crisis, staying strong, or getting emotional support. Parents around the world have positive stories to share—stories that can help us all know we’re not alone. The idea for this project came from families seeking a way to show positive examples of living well with an ongoing health condition.

Interested in telling a story? You can choose which way to write your story—write about one of our topics or just write your own story about a topic of your choice. You may also submit poems. We encourage you to submit a photo of family life, pets, art or other relevant image to accompany your story or poem.

Please review our guidelines and writing rules before submitting your story.

Opinions and ideas expressed in materials submitted to the Story Network do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Seattle Children’s Center for Children with Special Needs. Seattle Children’s does not own the copyright for materials submitted to the Story Network.

Recent Stories:

A mother learns to expect the unexpected and finds a new normal.

Handling challenges of multiple conditions and emotional trauma...

Pride and anxiety are competing emotions when sending a son with diabetes to camp in Canada.

Advocating for your child, a few tips...

Finding Meaning

Son with autism wears jeans for first time--a celebration in more ways than one!