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Nicole Xu

Nicole Xu is a Chinese Canadian illustrator who is currently living in Brooklyn with her dog, Rami.

Stories By Nicole Xu

I Had a Postpartum Mental Breakdown—and Was Convinced I Was Dead

When I became a mom at 19, my depression spiraled out of control until I reached a delirious state. I was very much alive, but certain I'd been dead for years.

How a Doctor Grieves When an Eight-Year-Old Suddenly Dies

As a pediatrician at a hospital, I see tons of tragedy but am rarely given a moment to mourn. Taking just a few minutes to honor their lives helps me keep going.

The Painful Reality of Marriage After Alzheimer’s

My wife and I have been partners in everything for 48 years, but there’s nothing remotely romantic about full-time caretaking.