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I Was Trying to Conceive, but Endometriosis Had Different Plans Feature
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I Was Trying to Conceive, but Endometriosis Had Different Plans

Endometriosis had made my own life difficult since age 15, but now it was threatening my future family.

I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened
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I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened

I've learned now that not all health issues present themselves—some are silently lurking inside you and, without regular screening, we may miss them.

What It's Like in the Depths of Sickness with Lupus
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What It's Like in the Depths of Sickness with Lupus

What is it like to live with lupus? In this post, I’m going to share what it was like to be in the depths of my sickness with lupus. I’ll paint a picture of what it was like to be incredibly, chronically ill.

Even a Hysterectomy May Not Protect Against Ovarian Cancer
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Even a Hysterectomy May Not Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer can occur, often without symptoms or warning, even after a total hysterectomy with ovaries removed.

How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy
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How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

When I was 21 I was blindsided with a diagnosis of an incurable chronic illness. I was told I had Crohn's disease—an autoimmune disease that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, leading to severe pain and fatigue (just to name a few of the downsides).

I Survived Postpartum Depression, Now I Support Other Struggling Moms
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I Survived Postpartum Depression, Now I Support Other Struggling Moms

Sadly, in November 2013, my beloved father-in-law passed away from cancer. Two days later, I discovered I was pregnant.

Because of My Congenital Heart Disease, I'm Part of the 20% at Serious Risk from COVID-19
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Because of My Congenital Heart Disease, I'm Part of the 20% at Serious Risk from COVID-19

If you’re lucky to be strong and healthy, this is why what you do matters, and why our future lies with you.

How My Struggle to Breastfeed Led to Postpartum Anxiety
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How My Struggle to Breastfeed Led to Postpartum Anxiety

I'd always been a good student and so of course, I wanted to get breastfeeding right. But it was challenging and affected my mental health greatly.

I Have Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Which You've Probably Never Heard Of
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I Have Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Which You've Probably Never Heard Of

After having multiple miscarriages Emily was diagnosed with antiphospholipid syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that causes an increased risk of blood clots. Read her story.

I'm Immunocompromised, But I Couldn't Get A Test for COVID-19
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I'm Immunocompromised, But I Couldn't Get A Test for COVID-19

I have an underlying medical condition and classic COVID-19 symptoms, but still didn’t qualify to be tested for the virus.

Coronavirus and IBD: How I'm Navigating This Difficult Time
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Coronavirus and IBD: How I'm Navigating This Difficult Time

Coronavirus is challenging for everyone right now, but there is an extra level of challenge for those who are immunocompromised like Natalie. Read her story.

Despite Multiple Misdiagnoses, I’m Living Life With a Joyful Heart
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Despite Multiple Misdiagnoses, I’m Living Life With a Joyful Heart

Debora never imagined her gestational diabetes diagnosis during her second pregnancy would be the beginning to her long, rough health journey. Read her story.

Diagnosed With Dementia, She Documented Her Wishes. They Said No.
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Diagnosed With Dementia, She Documented Her Wishes. They Said No.

After being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia and suffering two brain hemorrhages, Saran signed an advance directive for dementia, a controversial new document that instructs caregivers to withhold hand-feeding and fluids at the end of life.

Visiting my Elderly Mother During COVID-19
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Visiting my Elderly Mother During COVID-19

My mom is quarantined in her room, as are all residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other care centers for the elderly. She's become increasingly frustrated, so I came up with an idea.

I Never Felt Chest Pain, but I Had a Heart Attack
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I Never Felt Chest Pain, but I Had a Heart Attack

Joan shares the common signs of heart attack in women she experienced, which did not include chest pain. Read her story.

How I Live My Best Life With Two Autoimmune Diseases
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How I Live My Best Life With Two Autoimmune Diseases

Lisa thought pain in her foot was due to a stress fracture but it was actually a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. Read her story.

I've Beaten Cancer, But I'm Still Fighting
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I've Beaten Cancer, But I'm Still Fighting

Heather's battle with cervical cancer led her to testify in front of the FDA for HPV testing. Read her story.

Living with Postpartum Depression Made Me Realize Many Moms Suffer in Silence
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Living with Postpartum Depression Made Me Realize Many Moms Suffer in Silence

Read on woman’s story about her struggles with postpartum depression. 


I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened
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I Never Thought I Needed a Colonoscopy Until This Happened

I've learned now that not all health issues present themselves—some are silently lurking inside you and, without regular screening, we may miss them.

How Being “Disabled” is a Full-Time Job
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How Being “Disabled” is a Full-Time Job

Being disabled is a full-time job. The amount of time it takes to stay on top of your health and keeping up with paperwork while feeling the worst you ever have in your life is all-consuming.