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My Journey From Mom to Caregiver

  • Posted on: 29 October 2018
  • By: jleff
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I never thought my daughter would have cancer. Here is our journey.

By Lynn Clark

When your child is sick, you want to be as close to them as possible. When my daughter, Jennifer, landed in the hospital due to severe abdominal pain, I could not have been farther away. My husband and I were in China, and she was in Philadelphia.

Even though she was 23 years old at the time, had her own place and had a job, she was still my child, and not being there was rough. She was told the pain was due to a cyst on her ovary and was discharged the same day.

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A Letter to My 21-year-old, Newly Diagnosed With Crohn's Self–From 13 Years in the Future

  • Posted on: 11 September 2018
  • By: jleff
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Parenthood is daunting, no matter what, especially your first time around. Throw in an unpredictable, often debilitating condition and tackling the role is even more challenging.

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

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Overcoming the Fear of Having Another Baby After Postpartum Depression

  • Posted on: 29 July 2018
  • By: helen
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I watched other new moms bonding with their infants saying it was the best thing that ever happened to them. To me it felt like the worst. But that’s now how my story ends.
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I watched other new moms bonding with their infants saying it was the best thing that ever happened to them. To me it felt like the worst. But that’s now how my story ends.

16 months after my son Max was born, I felt like I was finally in the clear from my diagnosis of severe postpartum depression (PPD) and anxiety. It had taken months for me to seek treatment and months to get better, but I was finally enjoying the little guy. I remember the 16 month mark because I attended a Local PPD support group, finally feeling strong enough to be around other women’s pain.

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How Endometriosis Changed My Marriage

  • Posted on: 24 July 2018
  • By: jleff
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I got diagnosed with Endometriosis at 22 right when our lives together were beginning, right at the starting line.
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I got diagnosed with Endometriosis at 22 right when our lives together were beginning, right at the starting line.

By Kendall Rayburn

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

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I am a Hairy Woman Due to PCOS—And I am Happy and Proud of It

  • Posted on: 10 July 2018
  • By: jleff
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Exactly one year ago today, my gastroenterologist pulled the curtain back to find me still in post-colonoscopy position, groggy, yet mostly awake and said the words I have been waiting to hear since 2009: "There are no ulcers. You are in remission."
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Exactly one year ago today, my gastroenterologist pulled the curtain back to find me still in post-colonoscopy position, groggy, yet mostly awake and said the words I have been waiting to hear since 2009: "There are no ulcers. You are in remission."

By Leah Jorgensen

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

The hair started growing early …

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8 Ways to Make Healthy Eating Work for You

  • Posted on: 29 June 2018
  • By: helen
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These 8 tips can help you transform healthy foods you like into delicious meals. Once you start experimenting to make healthy eating work for you, you’ll be surprised at how much your palate changes, too!
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These 8 tips can help you transform healthy foods you like into delicious meals. Once you start experimenting to make healthy eating work for you, you’ll be surprised at how much your palate changes, too!

By Trinity Perkins 

Eating healthy might seem easier said than done if you’re a really picky eater. It’s even more challenging if you don’t know how to spruce up the handful of foods you actually like. Before you give up and reach for junk food, make a list of your favorite healthy foods. 

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Living With Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Isn’t the End

  • Posted on: 25 May 2018
  • By: helen
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I watched other new moms bonding with their infants saying it was the best thing that ever happened to them. To me it felt like the worst. But that’s not how my story ends.
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I watched other new moms bonding with their infants saying it was the best thing that ever happened to them. To me it felt like the worst. But that’s not how my story ends.

Throughout my entire first pregnancy with my son Max, I couldn’t wait for him to come out. That big day came in the middle of the night on June 16th, 2006, and we were off to the hospital to finally meet our son. 

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Busy Moms, These Self-Care Tips Are Just for You

  • Posted on: 15 May 2018
  • By: jleff
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These self-care strategies for busy moms require little-to-no time and do not cost a dime!
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These self-care strategies for busy moms require little-to-no time and do not cost a dime!

As mothers, we are tasked with countless responsibilities. The modern woman is often balancing parenthood, career, relationships, and more. Additionally, we face pressure to emulate an unrealistic image of motherhood, one that we see on diaper boxes and baby commercials. Those imaginary women are able to do it all—flawlessly, and with perfect hair. Many of us, perhaps unknowingly, absorb this expectation and hold ourselves to that standard. The problem? It is unachievable.

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Reflecting on Motherhood & Crohn's: Year One

  • Posted on: 19 April 2018
  • By: admin
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Parenthood is daunting, no matter what, especially your first time around. Throw in an unpredictable, often debilitating condition and tackling the role is even more challenging.
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Parenthood is daunting, no matter what, especially your first time around. Throw in an unpredictable, often debilitating condition and tackling the role is even more challenging.

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

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How to Prepare for a Colonoscopy

  • Posted on: 1 March 2018
  • By: jleff
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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).
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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).

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

I scheduled my colonoscopy in September and it's hung over my head ever since. It's not the procedure that's bothersome to me; it's the prep and the worry over the findings.

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