Cervical Cancer Taught Me to Talk About My Vagina

In my community, talking about sex and vaginas is taboo – but my cervical cancer diagnosis showed me the importance of sex education and open conversation

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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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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 I Learned to Thrive With Crohn's Disease

Reducing stress and following a holistic lifestyle routine help me live well with this debilitating condition.

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Endometriosis Made My Pregnancy High Risk

I didn't realize that getting and staying pregnant would prove the most frightening experience of my life

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For Now, I’m Managing my Unpredictable Chronic Illness With Yoga and Mindfulness

The breathwork and focus of Kundalini yoga are helping me thrive, despite my sarcoidosis diagnosis.

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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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Working as a Rainbow Doula Lets Me Be Myself

I love creating a safe space in the birthing room, empowering my LGBTQ+ clients and advocating for them during the birth process.

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I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail From Home. Here’s How You Can, Too.

My phone is helping me complete the 2,190 mile virtual hike, starting from my own front door.

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You Can't Put a Band-Aid Over a Bullet Hole: How I Healed From Sexual Trauma and Substance Abuse

I realized I had to deal with the painful secrets and trauma underlying my addiction in order to find a pathway to recovery.

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