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Kristen Lummis

What I Learned From Uterine Cancer Treatment

Kristen was shocked to receive an endometrial cancer diagnosis at age 49. Here’s what she learned on her journey to recovery.

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How to Create Your Morning Routine

Waking early and having a consistent morning routine improves our mood, as well as memory, work performance, alertness, and attention. Here are some strategies to design your own.

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Getting Sleep With Migraines

For Julie Ryan, compromised sleep worsened her migraines. Mindfulness, CBD oil, and changes in sleep habits got her back on track. Learn more about sleep and migraine.

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."

Linda Ryan relaxing.

5 Things I Learned From Cervical Cancer

Linda, a cervical cancer survivor, shares her advice on how to stay strong — mentally and physically — throughout your cancer treatment journey.

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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.”

Dionna Koval.

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.

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Dear Society: A Letter From a UC Patient

What with all the stigma surrounding ulcerative colitis and other digestive health conditions, this woman has one simple plea for modern society.

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IBD: 3 Women Share Stories About Applying for Disability

HealthCentral spoke with three women who successfully applied for Social Security insurance benefits about their experiences and advice for others.

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How I Overcame 5 Ulcerative Colitis Insecurities

Living with a chronic condition like IBD can leave you with deep insecurities. Here’s how Mandy dealt with hers.