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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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Living My Best Life – A Journey with Chronic Pain

Living My Best Life – A Journey with Chronic Pain

by Kerry Kijewski It’s said that chronic pain is a neurological syndrome, a switch which gets flipped on in the brain at some point, resulting from some kind of trauma to the body. Chronic pain has gone on to be a part of me for coming up on twenty years (nearly half my life). I could go on and on trying to figure out the how and the why of all of the pain I feel, but since finding a…

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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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