womenTALK: Real Women, Real Stories

Wednesday, Apr 13th 2016

When Bad Things Happen to Good Women

by Carole Brody Fleet

What do you do when bad things invade your life or the lives of those you love? How do you move forward? How do you even begin to recover? What does your future look like, especially when it is most likely not the future that you planned?

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Wednesday, Mar 23rd 2016

Unexplained Itching and Fatigue? Time to Get Your Liver Checked

Imagine having itchy skin and fatigue with no explanation or diagnosis for your symptoms. This is what happened to Minnesota native Nishele, 44, who received a primary biliary cholangtis (PBC) diagnosis after years without any answers. Her journey, unfortunately, is like many others who have PBC.

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Tuesday, Jun 23rd 2015

Why I Hope the FDA Approves "Female Viagra"

by Jean Peacock

It's not often a woman meets the man of her dreams when she's in her 60s, but that's exactly what happened to me. Just a year ago, I married the most wonderful man in the world. Bill is everything I've ever wished for in a husband.

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Tuesday, Jun 09th 2015

Chronic Disease: From Coping With Personal Pain to Helping Others

by Clorinda Walley, executive director, Good Days from CDF

My family is the highlight of my life, the joy in my every day and my motivation for moving forward at times when I don't think I can keep going. I remember lying in the hospital at the onset of my ulcerative colitis thinking about how I had to keep fighting for them. I had to be strong for them and show them what it means to overcome adversity and persevere.

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Wednesday, May 27th 2015

Better Education Often Leads to Better Diagnosis of Arthritis

by Rachelle Crow

I'm living proof that autoimmune and rheumatic diseases can affect people of any age. I was only 19 years old and in college when I asked my doctor about my painful joints. During those early visits, I received a confusing diagnosis of osteoarthritis, something typically associated with older adults. Wasn't I too young for osteoarthritis?

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Thursday, Feb 19th 2015

HPV Vaccine: Pros and Cons

authored by Suzanne B. Robotti

The science on vaccines is clear: They save millions of lives and protect our children from the pain and damage that measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tuberculosis and more can cause. So when my son's doctor suggested he get the HPV vaccination, why did I hesitate?

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Wednesday, Feb 11th 2015

Even a Hysterectomy May Not Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

authored by Marcia Mangum Cronin

Did you know it's possible to get ovarian cancer even after you've had a hysterectomy? I learned the hard way. My sister, who had a hysterectomy about 10 years ago, just received a diagnosis for a type of ovarian cancer.

If you have a partial hysterectomy, which removes your uterus, or a total hysterectomy, which removes your uterus and cervix, your ovaries remain intact and you can still develop ovarian cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Tuesday, Dec 16th 2014

Living Well While Battling Breast Cancer

by Kathryn Budig
Model of Courage for Ford Warriors in Pink

The truth is simple when it comes to breast cancer—it's dreadful.

I've taught yoga to survivors who kicked cancer to the curb, watched incredibly strong women endure treatment while keeping a sparkle in their eyes and felt my heart drop as I learned of a dear friend's diagnosis. This disease is a beast.

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Thursday, Dec 11th 2014

The Silent Killer: One Woman’s Story of High Blood Pressure

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? You’ve probably heard this question before in a philosophy or physics class.

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