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Don't Lose Hope in Your Battle With Migraine Feature
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Don't Lose Hope in Your Battle With Migraine

By sharing my story, I want to encourage other people with migraine to not give up hope of finding relief for their migraine disease.

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).

How I Lost 100 Pounds and Found My Inner Athlete in My 50s
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How I Lost 100 Pounds and Found My Inner Athlete in My 50s

After my marriage collapsed, I realized I had to transform my life.

Migraine Headaches Are a Family Affair
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Migraine Headaches Are a Family Affair

I am a woman and a physician who lives with migraine, and I want people who live with migraine attacks to know they are not alone.

Grieving My Best Friend on the Pulse Nightclub Anniversary
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Grieving My Best Friend on the Pulse Nightclub Anniversary

I’ve learned what we do with our pain makes or breaks us.

Why I Wrote My Living Will During the Pandemic
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Why I Wrote My Living Will During the Pandemic

Facing my own mortality, I leaned into the difficult conversations I’d been dreading.

Accessing Competent Health Care as a Trans Woman
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Accessing Competent Health Care as a Trans Woman

The system defines me as an anomaly, but I'm learning to take responsibility for my own health.

My Journey From the NICU to Postpartum Depression and Back to Health
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My Journey From the NICU to Postpartum Depression and Back to Health

I was grieving a birth experience and suffering PTSD, but I believed I needed to do it all on my own.

I Thought My Postpartum Pain Was Normal, But It Wasn't
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I Thought My Postpartum Pain Was Normal, But It Wasn't

The pain was unbearable. Was this how every woman felt after giving birth?

My Long Climb Out of Chronic Lyme
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My Long Climb Out of Chronic Lyme

Living with Lyme Disease felt like being unable to pull up the blinds on the window and see the sky.

Living in The Cave
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Living in The Cave

A mother recounts her grief journey after her son’s suicide.

How A Single Obsession Led to My Hospitalization for Postpartum Psychosis
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How A Single Obsession Led to My Hospitalization for Postpartum Psychosis

My thoughts started spiraling out of control, and I wondered if I was like one of the women who could hurt their babies.

Depression in the Time of Coronavirus
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Depression in the Time of Coronavirus

A psychiatrist shares her experience of pandemic malaise.

Dealing With Migraines Is More Art Than Science
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Dealing With Migraines Is More Art Than Science

This is one woman’s journey coping with chronic migraine headaches.

Migraine Headaches Are a Family Affair
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Migraine Headaches Are a Family Affair

I am a woman and a physician who lives with migraine, and I want people who live with migraine attacks to know they are not alone.

Talking to my Father About His Advance Directive
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Talking to my Father About His Advance Directive

Our vital conversation with a palliative care doctor helped me understand my dad’s end-of-life wishes.

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.

My Journey From the NICU to Postpartum Depression and Back to Health
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My Journey From the NICU to Postpartum Depression and Back to Health

I was grieving a birth experience and suffering PTSD, but I believed I needed to do it all on my own.

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

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.

Grieving My Best Friend on the Pulse Nightclub Anniversary
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Grieving My Best Friend on the Pulse Nightclub Anniversary

I’ve learned what we do with our pain makes or breaks us.

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.