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Katie and her dog, Moxie, on a hike near their home earlier this year.

A Misdiagnosed Ectopic Pregnancy Nearly Sent Me Into Septic Shock

Doctors convinced me my symptoms were connected to my anxiety — and I believed them

Stephanie Brooks-Wiggins

From Shame to Advocacy: My Decades-Long Journey Living — and Thriving — With HIV

My diagnosis in 1986 cost me my job — but gave me purpose, strength and community

Monique Denise

My Life Really Began When I Got My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

I’m living with stage 4 cancer, and I’m determined to live my life to the fullest

Jaimie Seaton

My Quest for Uninterrupted Sleep

I’ve had insomnia for more than a decade, but I’m finally taking charge

Jacque and her family, 2022.

The Truth About Being a Cancer Warrior

How battle language can make someone with breast cancer feel like a lone soldier

Kimberly Holiday-Coleman

My Symptoms Were Dismissed as Hemorrhoids, but I Had Colon Cancer

My cancer diagnosis led me to appreciate the little things — and learn to dance

Mary Millard

I Contracted a Superbug That’s a Top Public Health Threat — And It’s More Common Than You Think

I was super-healthy, and I never thought I would get an infection that wouldn’t respond to treatment

Monica Cox

I Became a Bladder Cancer Survivor at 30

Bladder cancer most often affects older adults. My diagnosis was an exception.

Molly Grace Young

Chemo Day Is Always Better With Costumes, Wigs and Props

Some people knit. Others sleep. I’m putting on my own personal Broadway show from my chair at chemo.

Elisa Seeger and her son Aidan, 2009

I Made a Promise to My Son

In the 10 years since my son died from a treatable condition, I’ve helped pass legislation to save other children — but there’s still work to do

Kunttas Family

The Unicorn in the Room: My Infertility Journey Led to an Unexpected Discovery

Fertility testing revealed that I have a rare condition that makes becoming and staying pregnant difficult

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