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Anita right after her thyroidectomy.

Advice for New Thyroid Cancer Patients

A thyroid cancer advocate shares all the advice she wished she knew after her initial diagnosis.

Unhappy child lying on mother's lap.

On Raising a Child with IBD: Parents Share Their Stories

They might not have Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, but parents go through their set of challenges, trials, and errors with children with IBD.

Feeling low after IBD diagnosis

Grief After an IBD Diagnosis, It's Natural

Feelings of grief and loss, similar to losing a loved one, can often occur after an IBD diagnosis due to not feeling like your ‘old self’ anymore.

Young woman and parents, mental health issues in family.

Family Denies Manic-Depressive Disease Is Real

A woman speaks out about her family member’s battle to advocate for bipolar disorder, and the family that won’t believe him.

Male doctor talking to young man patient.

I Wish I'd Gotten My Ostomy Sooner Than I Did

“This was two years of pain, fatigue, constant diarrhea, and accidents all the time. Is that how I was supposed to be living in my mid 20s? I don’t think so.”

Stressed mother holding her baby.

Postpartum Anxiety: I Became an Angry Mommy Monster

When Ginger found herself angry, stressed, and paranoid after the birth of her second daughter, she knew: Something wasn’t right.

Woman with cancer reading.

Essential Metastatic Breast Cancer Book List

If you're looking for more information about metastatic breast cancer, try these reading suggestions, including cookbooks, medical guides, memoirs, and more.

Depressed, lonely teen male image.

How I Experienced Depression as a Teenager

Mental health speaker, Mike Veny shares his story of growing up as a teenager with depression and what would have helped to treat it during that time.

Support group comforting man.

The Rewards of Mental Health Support Groups

My mental health support group has also sparked better results in sessions with my therapist.

Contemplative woman sitting on dead tree and looking sky.

I Have Vulvodynia, But It Took Years to Put a Name to My Pain

Lauren was only 14 when she first started experiencing pain “down there.” But doctor after doctor told her nothing was wrong. This is her story.