Survivor Stories

As a community, we share our stories for many reasons: to help reassure others, to spread awareness, to cope. I believe our stories make us stronger and allow us to take back a certain level of control previously lost in the confines of illness.

Erica Snyder

Anti NMDA Receptor Encephalitis: How I Learned to Love the Name

I used to HATE the words Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis (ANMDAre)! The name, similar to the disease it represents, is complicated and mysterious. It offers no insight to what the disease entails, unless you are a physician and, even then, you may not have ever heard of this illness, only recently identified in 2007, by Dr. J. Dalmau.

read more

Kimberly, Age 27 (Ohio)

My story starts in late 2011, in the fall. I was a 27-year old mom of one, married for 2 years and by most standards living a "normal life". I started noticing red patches that would creep up my chest, neck and face. It would be on one side of my chest and came on...

read more
We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. [Winston Churchill]

Sign up

Subscribe to the When Pigs Take Flight blog
Follow When Pigs Take Flight

Have a story to share?

If you’d like to share part of your own story, submit a short (less than 1,000 words) draft of your content to or click the button below.

Submit your story