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Chronically Trying: Dating While Ill

Chronically Trying: Dating While Ill

by Kelley O’Brien “I don’t think we should see each other anymore.” It was St. Patrick’s Day of 2011 and my girlfriend just dumped me. We hadn’t been dating that long, but she was my first girlfriend, the first person I dated after a long battle with internalized homophobia. My head was throbbing from crying earlier in the day because it was the anniversary of my friend’s death and I was missing my grandparents’ 61st anniversary dinner back home. She…

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By Heart: The Path to Motherhood with Congenital Heart Disease

By Heart: The Path to Motherhood with Congenital Heart Disease

by Kimberly Rex When my sister, my cousin, and I were little girls, we didn’t just play house like other children.  We played “life.” We would begin in elementary school and move all the way through high school. There, we met the boyfriends we’d soon marry in pretend weddings. Stuffing pillows under our shirts, we’d walk with our tiny hands on our aching backs, until we gave birth to our Cabbage Patch preemies, cradling them in our arms and kissing…

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Purrs to healing: Should doctors be prescribing cats?

Purrs to healing: Should doctors be prescribing cats?

by Meg Crane My cats are wild snuggle monsters. David, an orange tabby cat, likes to be tucked under the covers and spooned all night. My calico Stella wanders the apartment, crying, when she doesn’t know where me and my lap are. And the tuxedo, Suki, wakes from her naps to run to the door when anyone buzzes, knowing she’s got someone else to nuzzle. Sometimes, being a freelance writer is hard just because of how madly they battle with…

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Traveling While Chronically Ill

Traveling While Chronically Ill

by Kristin Wagner I am packing for Alaska now, and each item I put into a suitcase reminds me that I have to plan for the inevitability that at some point on this trip, my body or my mind will fail me. This trip was supposed to happen last year. We wanted to go to Alaska last summer, but we didn’t. The reason sounds spoiled and selfish when I explain “Well, we didn’t have quite enough frequent flier points to fly…

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Fibroids: A Women’s Health Issue We Need To Talk About

Fibroids: A Women’s Health Issue We Need To Talk About

by Fahrin Kermally In early 2005, I was in the middle of graduate school, planning my career, and thinking about the fabulous life I had ahead of me. What I wasn’t thinking about was my health. I ate well, was physically fit, and it didn’t occur to me that anything could possibly be wrong. Even the continuous spotting I had been living with for two years didn’t make me pause.  Not until I casually mentioned it to a friend. “You’ve…

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