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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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Winter Blahs Have You Down? Coach Jenna Armato Shares Simple, Easy Steps For Staying Motivated

Winter Blahs Have You Down? Coach Jenna Armato Shares Simple, Easy Steps For Staying Motivated

Lauren Jonik: The new year is typically a time when people are inspired to set new intentions and think about their goals for the coming months. Often, it seems the challenge for many people is not thinking of areas in need of improvement, but adopting new practices to make intentions reality. What are some steps people can take to create change that lasts? Jenna Armato: The first step toward being intentional is focusing on the journey and not just the…

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How to travel when you have anxiety

How to travel when you have anxiety

by Andrea Crowley-Hughes One “cannot discover new oceans unless [they] have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide (modified to be friendlier to other genders than “he”) When you’re traveling with anxiety, sometimes this quote makes a ton of sense, and other times it just sounds impossible. It can feel delightful to arrive at your destination, greeted by place names and accents the mind can curl around and explore until the words become familiar. In my…

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Moving Towards the Whole: How Integrative Medicine Helps

Moving Towards the Whole: How Integrative Medicine Helps

by Kate Delany By the time I was lying on the table, electrified needles inserted across the length of my body, I was truly at wit’s end. I was in my second decade of life with ulcerative colitis (UC), a point in the disease in which, according to my gastroenterologist, “things can change.” And things had changed for me in a decidedly negative way. Having run the gamut of standard medical treatment, it was time to branch out to alternative…

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