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What I Wish I’d Known Before Having Surgery for Endometriosis

“In 2013, I had the first of three laparoscopic surgeries for endometriosis. Had I known then what I know now, I could have avoided at least one of those surgeries.”

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Highs and Lows: My Best and Worst Genital Herpes Moments

"What I once viewed as a near-death sentence to my love life and identity transformed into a sense of purpose that still guides me today."

Woman talking to a therapist about her genital herpes diagnosis.

How to Take Care of Your Mental Health After a Herpes Diagnosis

A genital herpes diagnosis can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety — among other struggles. Here’s how to combat the stigma and take care of your mental health.

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A Very Personal Take on RA

The world isn't geared toward the chronically ill. Instead, we have to carve out our place. And after five decades of living with RA, our new columnist Lene Andersen has some things to say about that.

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What It's Really Like to Live With Wet AMD

Advanced macular degeneration is "no cup of tea," but it's not the end of everything either. Three patients get real about living with vision loss.

Jennifer Digmann

Newly Diagnosed with SPMS: "It's Just Two New Words"

Writer Jennifer Digmann gives her younger self (and you!) a pep talk immediately following a secondary progressive multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

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Moving Forward with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Get tips for facing the future with metastatic breast cancer, including self-compassion, education, advocacy, and connecting with your support network.

Mature woman experiencing hot flashes.

My Melatonin/Maca Menopause Miracle

Could these natural remedies help your hot flashes and other symptoms?

Celebrate ten years.

The '10 Year Challenge' — RA Style

A decade with RA changes you physically and mentally. And it can alter the way you see your future. Emil shares his personal journey 10 years post-diagnosis.

Mandy Morgan and her future husband.

Will My Chronic Illness Ruin My Wedding Day?

When Mandy got engaged to the love of her life, she was thrilled — but then the what-ifs of ulcerative colitis took over her thoughts.