I Recovered from Obesity and Bulimia Triggered by Sexual Abuse Once. And I Can Do It Again.

My childhood abuse caused disordered eating and weight gain, but I learned how to heal

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I Was a Polio Pioneer, and I Can’t Wait to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

As a child during the polio epidemic, I never imagined my life might be saved twice by vaccines

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Chronic Pain Drove Me to Despair, but Cancer Taught Me to Heal

After 38 years living with pain, I've become passionate about the pain-cancer connection.

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My Long Journey to Queer Motherhood

I knew in theory that lesbians could become parents, but I'd never known a family with two moms.

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How I Confronted My Fear of Death

Grieving my father-in-law and fighting my own anxiety, I visited seven festivals for the dead in seven countries. Here's what I learned.

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Menopause Set Me on Fire, but I’m Staying Cool

I'm breaking the silence and stigma around menopause and embracing it as a natural season of life.

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Staying Hopeful After 5 Recurrences of Cancer

During cancer's repeated attacks, a teacher finds support from her husband and her school.

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The Trials and Joys of Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease

Being flexible and developing a support network are crucial

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How Balloon Kyphoplasty Gave Me My Life Back After My Vertebral Compression Fracture

A freak accident left me bedridden, but this minimally invasive treatment let me start living again.

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How Helping Other People Allows Me to Manage My MS Symptoms

Working toward a cure for multiple sclerosis has become my life's work — and it also makes me feel better

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How I Overcame Anal Cancer and Threw a Huge Party

No one ever told me my HPV diagnosis could lead to anal cancer. Now I'm on a mission to educate people, save lives and dispel the stigma around this increasingly common disease.

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