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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.”

Dan Digmann with two of his friends from college

A Letter to My Just-Diagnosed-With-MS Self

One writer reflects on the biggest lessons he learned from being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at a young age.

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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."

Mature mom-to-be looking at her baby bump

Pregnant at 40: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tracy didn’t plan to get pregnant at 40 years old. But now, 15 years later, she wouldn’t change a thing.

Jackie Zimmerman

What I Wish I'd Known I'd Known About Multiple Sclerosis

One woman’s take on staying strong, sane, and solvent despite multiple sclerosis.

Meredith O'Brien

My Story Is Your Story

Her life with MS inspired Meredith to write a memoir and share her hopes and fears.

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.

Dan and Jennifer Digmann

This Is What It's Like to Love Someone With SPMS

Secondary progressive multiple sclerosis doesn't make relationships any easier...but it can make your love grow stronger.

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No, Psoriasis Is Not Contagious

One man shares how he deals with misconceptions, annoying questions, and all-around lack of awareness about his condition.

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.