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Living With Crohn's Disease

  • Posted on: 28 June 2011
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"When my Crohn's is under control, it's the best time of my life," says Nancy Kennedy, a 47-year-old nurse and mother of three, who has been treated for Crohn's disease for nearly 30 years. Kennedy is one of an estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Receiving a diagnosis just six months after the birth of her first child, Nicole, Kennedy never dreamed that the baby she held in her arms would one day face the very same challenges.

But this mother-daughter duo isn't letting their diagnoses hold them back.

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Informed & Empowered by Donnalyn Giegerich's Story

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010
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Elyse Jankowski, HealthyWomen program assistant

"Less Fear, More Fun" were just a few of the words of wisdom shared yesterday by Donnalyn Giegerich, a dynamic speaker and sarcoma survivor, as she presented on the topic "Passion Is Always in Fashion."

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I Was Diagnosed With MS at Age 35, and My Story Is One of Hope

  • Posted on: 10 October 2019
  • By: jleff
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Stress and anxiety are used interchangeably but there is a difference between them.

By Jill Koziol

Three and a half years ago, my life completely changed. I had just launched a digital media company called Motherly. My plate was full with work and two young children, but since I thrive working on projects that mean something to me, I was enjoying this exciting and intense time in my life.

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Learning to Take Time for Self-Care After My Interstitial Cystitis Diagnosis

  • Posted on: 26 August 2019
  • By: jleff
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Looking back, I always had bladder issues. Eight years into my journey for answers, I finally received a diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis.

By Lisa King

The word rest was always a four-letter word to me. Ever since I was a teen, I was always studying, working, organizing or doing.  And looking back, I realized that in all those busy years, I had always had bladder issues. I was always asking to go to the bathroom while on family road trips or when I was running errands with my mom.

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5 Helpful Day-to-Day Tips for IBD Moms

  • Posted on: 8 July 2019
  • By: jleff
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Hey IBD mamas and moms-to-be—this article is for you! I wanted to share 5 of my "life hacks" for taking on motherhood while living with IBD.

Natalie Hayden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

Hey IBD mamas and moms-to-be—this article is for you! I wanted to share 5 of my "life hacks" for taking on motherhood while living with IBD.

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Finally Pregnant! This is Our Story of Living With Unexplained Infertility

  • Posted on: 5 July 2019
  • By: helen
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Like many other couples wanting to start a family, we assumed it would just be simple as not using protection anymore. For us, and many other couples like us, it wasn’t that simple at all.
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Like many other couples wanting to start a family, we assumed it would just be simple as not using protection anymore. For us, and many other couples like us, it wasn’t that simple at all.

By Jon Laws

This guest post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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Postpartum Depression Lied to Me and Said I was Damaged and Unfit

  • Posted on: 2 May 2019
  • By: jleff
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I don't remember the first time I thought of killing myself, but it seemed like the natural evolution of things at the time. All I had ever been taught was how wonderful motherhood would be. Why was it so hard for me?

By Cheyenne Green

I don't remember the first time I thought of killing myself, but it seemed like the natural evolution of things at the time. All I had ever been taught was how wonderful motherhood would be. Why was it so hard for me? Despite all that I had been through, I believed that if I felt this way, I wasn't doing something right. I told myself I was damaged, unfit. I would be doing the world a favor if I just killed myself.

Maija was born in November. The dark winter days of Northern Utah can be unbearable.

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I Knew I Didn't Have Postpartum Depression, but I Also Knew Something Wasn't Right

  • Posted on: 30 April 2019
  • By: jleff
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One woman's story of living with postpartum anxiety. How she learned she had it and how she coped with it.

By Amber Jo Peterson

This post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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I Recovered From Anorexia in My 20s, but I’m Still Coping With the Damage to My Bones at 50

  • Posted on: 30 March 2019
  • By: helen
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I’m 50 now, and I have osteopenia, which is low bone density that’s less severe than osteoporosis. I have it because I had an eating disorder starting when I was a teenager, for about ten years.
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I’m 50 now, and I have osteopenia, which is low bone density that’s less severe than osteoporosis. I have it because I had an eating disorder starting when I was a teenager, for about ten years.

By Kathy S. 

When I was 15 years old, from an outsider’s perspective, I was a typical teenager. I was on the pom pom squad, had a little group of friends, and I dealt with normal adolescent issues, including weight gain that can occur during puberty. Normal adolescent weight gain became a big deal to me. I decided I was going to lose weight, but for me that did not mean going on diet and focusing on exercise. For me, that meant severely restricting my food intake.. 

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The 4 Best Exercise Classes for Chronic Joint Pain

  • Posted on: 28 March 2019
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How can you be sure that your joints will tolerate the class you are taking? Which type of class will be best to help reduce the pain you already have?

Ashley Drake is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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