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Jen James Shares How She Turned Her Experience With Mental Health Crisis Into An Opportunity To Help Others Feature

Jen James Shares How She Turned Her Experience With Mental Health Crisis Into An Opportunity To Help Others

Editor’s note: If you or a loved one are living with depression, bipolar, and/or thoughts of self harm the following post could be potentially triggering. If you are overwhelmed or in pain you can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741. Meet Jen……
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Bipolar blogger Kitt O’Malley has found life purpose in writing

Bipolar Blogger Kitt O’Malley Has Found Life Purpose in Writing

On paper, Kitt O’Malley is a typical overachiever. She loved school as a kid and attended Berkeley, earning a bachelor’s degree in legal studies. She went on to earn a master’s in psychology from a private college and studied theology at Fuller Seminary….
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Positive Living: How Davina “Dee” Conner Encourages People Diagnosed With HIV

Positive Living with HIV: How Davina “Dee” Conner Became a Patient Advocate

When you suffer from a chronic illness, it’s natural to feel negative emotions sometimes. The problem is when those emotions take over your life. Just ask Davina “Dee” Conner. After she learned she had HIV in 1997, she hit a low point. For…
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A Life’s Work: How Nitika Chopra Chose Happiness While Living with Chronic Illness

A Life’s Work: How Nitika Chopra Chose Happiness While Living with Chronic Illness

When some people smile, it’s downright infectious. Such is the case for Nitika Chopra, a wellness blogger and social media influencer who radiates positive energy across multiple platforms, including Instagram, where she has amassed more than 35,000 followers. Chopra directs her good vibes…
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5 Insights For The Newly Diagnosis From People Living With HIV

5 Insights For The Newly Diagnosed From People Living With HIV

Even though approximately 37 million people around the world live with HIV, it is still an unknown subject for many. I had the chance to meet with five HIV advocates and educators to learn more about positive living. They shared some tremendous insights:…
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How One Blogger Is Finding Strength and Community After An Early Osteoporosis Diagnosis

How One Blogger Is Finding Strength and Community After An Early Osteoporosis Diagnosis

Osteoporosis is often thought of a condition that afflicts the elderly — and in fact, a large percentage of Americans over the age of 80 are afflicted with it to some degree, particularly women. But the disease, which causes a loss of bone…
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Fighter Coel Peach Facing Toughest Opponent Yet: Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Professional fighter, DJ, and fitness model Coel Peach “couldn’t figure out what was going on” when he started coughing up blood and feeling unusually tired all the time. After a year of experiencing these symptoms, Coel was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Now,…
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Smiling Through The Pain: Blogger Erica Carrasco Talks Migraines & Patient Advocacy

Applying for disability wasn’t an easy decision for Erica Carrasco, the migraine blogger behind Achy Smile. She’d been a go-getter her whole life, but had suffered from increasingly severe headaches as an adult that eventually derailed her career. There was nothing left to…
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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder: “You Are Not Your Illness.”

Living with Borderline Personality Disorder: “You Are Not Your Illness.”

Editor’s note: If you or a loved one are living with eating disorder(s), borderline personality disorder, or have experience with self harm the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention…
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Common Misconceptions About Mental Illness and What To Do About It

Common Misconceptions About Mental Illness (and What To Do About It!)

This comic by Tatiana Gill was inspired by comments and stories from Health Stories Project community members who are living with mental illness. Sign up to share your experiences with Health Stories Project!

Finding Acceptance Through Body Art after a Mastectomy

Finding Acceptance Through Body Art after a Mastectomy

Nothing about breast cancer is easy. And for a lot of women, one of the hardest things about breast cancer is mastectomy. In theory, you think you might know what to expect; maybe you’ve even seen post-surgical photos of other survivors. But your…
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A Portrait of Depression: Opening Up about Mental Illness

A Portrait of Depression: Opening Up about Mental Illness

Editor’s note: If you or a loved one are living with depression the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.   Jennifer shares what it was like to…
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Living Authentically with HIV: “This is a human matter”

Meet Marvin Marvin Anderson works as an award-winning speaker, personal development empowerment coach, author and HIV advocate. He is also the founder of The Stigmocracy Organization. which is working to diminish stigma directed toward individuals infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. We asked Marvin to…
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Overcoming the Psoriasis Paralysis: How Alisha Bridges Became a Full-Time Blogger and Psoriasis Advocate.

Overcoming the Psoriasis Paralysis: How Alisha Bridges Became a Full-Time Blogger and Psoriasis Advocate.

Alisha Bridges wasn’t always the confident young woman she is today. After being diagnosed with psoriasis as a child, she spent most of her life covering up her skin from neck to toes and hiding her condition from just about everybody. Now she’s…
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Real Talk About HIV
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Real Talk About HIV

Along with the serious health effects of life with HIV, it also carries a very heavy emotional burden, in part because of the stigma that is still associated with the disease. We hosted a panel of HIV-positive activists and advocates including Marvin Anderson,…
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February Health Story Prompts

February Health Story Prompts

We’ve been really busy at Health Stories Project this month. First, an award-winning, documentary photographer connected with us to us to see if he could find people to participate in a unique project about life with mental illness. He’s already met with some…
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Pontocellebellar Hypoplasia Type 1B: A Rare Genetic Disorder Can’t Stop This Family

Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia Type 1B: A Rare Genetic Disorder Can’t Stop This Family

Margaret Miller knew early on that something was off about her redheaded baby girl, Gwen. As a one-month-old, she still wasn’t making eye contact. Underweight at birth but seemingly healthy at first, Gwen continued to miss milestones as she got older. She had…
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Living with Hypothyroidism: “Be your own thyroid advocate”

Meet Rachel Rachel Hill is a writer and advocate who has been living with Hypothyroidism since she was 16 years old. She is the creator of The Invisible Hypothyroidism, an award-winning patient advocacy blog that focuses on helping others by advocating for a…
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CRPS: Coping With the Mental Effects of Pain

CRPS: Coping With the Mental Effects of Pain

Editor’s note: If you or a loved are living the CRPS, depression, and/or anxiety the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. It’s been called the…
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HIV, Stigma, and The Power of Sharing Your Health Story

JOIN US February 7th when we host a panel of 3 HIV advocates and activists who will discuss their experiences with HIV, disclosing their status, and the stigma associated with being HIV+. RSVP HERE. This comic by Tatiana Gill was inspired by the amazing…
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Real Talk About Lung Cancer and Stigma

Real Talk About Lung Cancer and Stigma

According to the American Cancer Society, more people die of lung cancer each year than of breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. And stigma may be a contributing factor. People are ashamed to tell others that they are having possible lung cancer symptoms…
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