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No one understands what you’re going through with your health better than someone who has already walked in your shoes. Our HealthCentral community of patient advocates, medical experts, and professional health journalists helps you navigate the days, months, and years after diagnosis with answers to questions that can improve your quality of life. We believe that intimate, revealing personal stories can inspire positive, sometimes lifesaving health changes: at home, at the doctor’s office, at work, and in our communities. From autoimmune conditions to heart health, cancer survivorship to caregiving, we’ve been there, we’ve lived it, and we’re ready to help you.

We welcome personal stories, insights, and original reporting about life with chronic health conditions. Explore the conditions and topics that we cover, then introduce yourself at HealthCentralEditors@RemedyHealthMedia.com

Ayren Jackson-Cannady
Ayren Jackson-Cannady
Senior Editor

Ayren Jackson-Cannady is a senior editor for HealthCentral.

Barbara Boughton
Health Writer
Barbara O'Dair
Barbara O'Dair
Health Writer

Barbara O'Dair is the former editor in chief of Prevention. She has edited or written for the New York Times, Time, Rolling Stone, Health, AARP, and many other digital and print publications.

Benedict Cosgrove
Benedict Cosgrove
Health Writer

Benedict Cosgrove has been a professional writer and editor, online and off, for three decades.

Bethany Hoffman
Senior Editor

Bethany Hoffman is a Senior Editor for HealthCentral’s Cancer beat. She has written about health for universities, nonprofit organizations, and several federal agencies, including NIH, CDC, FDA, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Bethany Kandel
Health Writer

Bethany Kandel is a New York-based journalist, health writer, and author. She is also a breast cancer survivor.

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Beth Brophy
Patient Expert