What It’s Like To: Take a VR Tour of Your Brain

After Meera Sawhney of Irvine was diagnosed with a tumor, neurosurgeon Robert Louis used a virtual reality headset to ease her anxiety and rehearse her operation.

What It’s Like To: Change the System

Elizabeth Campbell of Irvine fights for accessibility and independence for all.

What It’s Like To: Nurture a Child Who Has Had a Brain Tumor

Hildie Vega of Fountain Valley augments standard medical treatment for her daughter Olivianna with help from MaxLove Project.

What It’s Like To: Create Art to Heal Trauma

Artist Andrea Moni of Irvine began collaborating with other trauma victims after a serious burn accident.

What It’s Like To: Battle Cancer as a Teen

Lesley Ramirez of Anaheim beat Ewing sarcoma and learned how to care for her mental health.

What It’s Like To: Teach Wounded Vets to Surf

Former pro surfer Danny Nichols of Huntington Beach shares his love of the ocean to help soldiers heal.

Making Art Her Life: Kim Kanatani Embraces New Role at UCI

Kim Kanatani is undertaking her most ambitious project yet: the new Institute and Museum of California Art on UC Irvine’s campus.

A Conversation With Our January Cover Doctors Shahriar Bobby Davari and Stephanie Lu

Both were recognized by the Orange County Medical Association as among the most accomplished and caring physicians in the county.

Our Piers: A Photo Essay Celebrating Orange County’s Iconic Coastal Landmarks

Here are photos highlighting each pier's unique personality and history.

Perfect Getaway: See What So Many TV Scouts Love About Portland, Oregon

It’s getting more difficult to “Keep Portland Weird”—the city’s motto—but there are still plenty of offbeat places awaiting your arrival.