On August 18, 2013, I suddenly felt dizzy. It had been a nice Sunday afternoon. The hanging plants on my balcony were slowly swinging in the breeze, and I remember ad [...]
I did it again. I walked out of worship. This time it was during prayer. I gathered my things, scooted out of my pew, and headed for the parking lot. The usher in the [...]
Imagine this: a hidden bacterium that slowly proliferates, spreading through your tissues and organs and joints, hiding in your brainstem, affecting your mood and dig [...]
For so long I have worried, stressed, and cared more about how I could take care of everyone else’s problems. How I could help them? How I could make them realize the changes t[...]
This is how I remember you.
I remember your laugh. I remember how your smile made me feel like I was home. I remember the smell of your Red Door perfume, and how it clung to[...]
1:23 a.m. rolls around and five of us are seated in the back of an operating room staff lounge. We were the second of three organ procurement teams to arrive on site at a Podun[...]
I am a pretty positive person, in general. So when I woke one morning with a sense that something terrible was going to happen in my world, I was worried. I couldn’t shake it. [...]
Recently, I sorted through paperwork accumulated since our two adopted kids arrived, five years ago this September. Every medical document, communication with social workers, s[...]
A man who looked just like my grandfather walked into the bakery where I was grabbing a treat for my son. When I saw him, my heart sank and I had a difficult time catching my b[...]
I am not a well person.
While I’ve had endometriosis since I was sixteen, and I’ve had asthma since forever, my long-term more “serious” chronic health issues are far more r[...]
"The most important thing a girl wears is her confidence."
Like many young women in this world, throughout my life I have struggled with insecurity and the ability to feel confi[...]
I love telling people that I am a hospice social worker. They’ll quickly say, “You are an angel.” Gay men throw their arms around me. And I confess, sometimes I even wear my ho[...]
There has been a running joke among my friends and exes throughout the years to never let me near a gun. I’ve often laughed along, poking fun at my horrible aim, and friends re[...]
Before moving to Switzerland seven years ago, I never really imagined myself being a mother, let alone birthing naturally with only the assistance of my husband and midwife, an[...]
When it comes to our children’s education, my husband and I usually see eye-to-eye. Until recently. We don’t agree that there will come a time in our youngest son’s life when w[...]
I suffer from cluster headaches. I have done since I was in my early twenties.
I get them in weird cycles. I had them in my early twenties from time to time, then I didn't h[...]
When I was a young girl I was often made fun of for the same things. My skinny “spaghetti” legs was one that stayed for years. The one that stuck with me until now was my face.[...]
In the days afterward I was met with sympathetic words: “You had a rough time of it.”
As family and friends gathered to greet the new baby, I struggled to speak my truth tha[...]
I am an orthodox Jewish woman, and it’s something I’m proud of. I love my religion with all its goodness and flaws. There were many times during my challenges that my faith was[...]
Whenever my anxiety spikes I have this burning desire to write about my experience.
I have been thinking a lot about how confusing abusive relationships can be. One of the m[...]
PND (postnatal depression) crept up on me like a thief in the night, literally.
It came out of nowhere.
Family members had said that after I gave birth to my daughter las[...]
Every time our HASTE (Hospital Alerting System Tone Encoded) alarms, my ears go up, the adrenaline surges and reality strikes—someone who never expected to be in an emergency r[...]
I’ve been thinking real hard lately about how fast a lifetime passes you by.
I wonder if we think it’s moving faster now. I feel like I blinked and was no longer the two-yea[...]
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