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Hepatitis B: Living with a Mystery

Hepatitis B: Living with a Mystery

by Katherine Clarke So often, when I tell people I have chronic Hepatitis B, they become very serious. Of course they do — it’s a serious disease. But I know without asking them that they are really thinking of Hepatitis C. (The confusion is understandable. The names differ by one letter, but the illnesses are very different.) And when they ask, “but don’t they have a cure for that, now?” I sigh, because there are 800,000-1.4 million people in the United…

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Something from Nothing: How to Use What Bothers You to Fuel Creativity and Inspire Positive Change

Something from Nothing: How to Use What Bothers You to Fuel Creativity and Inspire Positive Change

by: Katy Farber I don’t have to tell you that we live in a deeply divided and troubling world. It is a constant barrage of mostly unsettling, disturbing, and upsetting news. But it is also the most connected world we have ever lived in, and every single person alive right now has a chance to tell their stories. Like most people, I have a long list of issues that concern me greatly. In my writing workshops, I like to help…

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A Love Story, Perchance

A Love Story, Perchance

By: Cynthia Sillitoe I have to admit, at first I walked past my new cat. My mom and I were at the Phoenix Humane Society. In my early twenties, I was homebound due to chronic illness. I was still grieving the loss of my childhood cat who had been my constant companion. Life without her was unbearable. Finding a new feline was a strange experience. Cats had always found us. They showed up on our porch and couldn’t understand why…

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