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Finally Winning the War on Weight: Judy’s Story

Losing weight after menopause and keeping it off long-term was a challenge for Judy. Learn how she was able to achieve her goals with the help of a close friend.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Blood Bond: How One Woman’s Stem Cells Saved Her Brother’s Life

The donor of a life-saving stem cell transplant shares her experience. Learn what it’s like to donate your stem cells.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Blood Bond: When Your Sister's the Stem Cell Match

A leukemia survivor (and grateful brother) shares the story of how his sister’s stem cells saved his life. Learn what it feels like to receive a stem cell transplant.

By Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Masturbation After Herpes Diagnosis: How to Get Back to Self-Love

A herpes diagnosis can make you feel disconnected from your body and your sexuality. Here are some strategies to help.

By Emily Depasse

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.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Coming Back From Cancer: One Step at a Time

For cancer survivors, the ultimate challenge is life itself: first getting it back, then moving forward — one step at a time.

By PJ Hamel

Learn From My Recent Mammogram Experience

The technician? She was texting. The radiologist? There wasn’t one on site. Here’s what Amy wants you to learn from her mammogram story.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

I'm Pregnant and My Spouse is Deployed: How I Get Through

There are many things I can’t control, like when I get to talk to my husband, when he’s coming home, and when our little baby will be born.

By Julie Cerrone Croner

What I Wish I Knew Earlier About My Mom's Dementia

A look back provides advice on the feelings of loss, confusion, and tension associated with caring for a parent with dementia.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Piecing Together My Family’s Mental Health History

After my father’s suicide, I learned an enormous amount about my family—and about myself.

By Elizabeth Millard