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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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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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Blood Research: How Donating Blood Helps Advance Living-Saving Treatments and Cures

How Donating Blood Helps Advance Living-Saving Treatments and Cures

Health Stories Project has an exciting opportunity for Lymphoma patients living in the Seattle area who are interested in donating blood for research. Each participant can earn up to $345, and your donation could help make a real difference in future research. Click…
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Portraits of People Living With Mental Illness

Portraits of People Living With Mental Illness

Editor’s note: If you or a loved are living 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. A new project from award-winning photographer Walter Smith…
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Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Depression

Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Depression

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) may not be a household name, but it affects millions of people. Also known as acne inversa, HS usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin. If the chronic condition worsens, the bumps can grow deep into the skin, becoming…
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January Health Story Prompts

January Health Story Prompts

It’s a brand new year full of brand new possibilities and the team at Health Stories Project couldn’t be more excited for the year to come. Last year we accomplished quite a bit. Our blog and social media channels grew dramatically, we started…
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Rural Healthcare: 5 Things We Learned From Speaking to Patients About Their Options

Rural Healthcare: 5 Things We Learned From Speaking to Patients About Their Options

When it comes to healthcare, access means a wide variety of services that are readily available, of reasonable quality, and affordable to those who need them. Big city dwellers have plenty of options for everything from dental checkups and mental health care to…
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Real Talk About Lung Cancer and Stigma

Real Talk About Endometriosis

One in 10 women around the world suffer from endometriosis, an often-painful and debilitating gynecologic condition, which involves inflammation and tissue adhesions in the abdominal cavity. We interviewed endometriosis patient and advocate, Heidi Berthoud about her multi-decade experience navigating this condition. Heidi, who…
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12 Insights Into Melanoma Treatment

12 Insights Into Melanoma Treatment

As skin cancers go, melanoma is the least common and the most concerning. It can spread from the skin to organs and bones and is most often triggered by UV exposure, especially in those who have a genetic predisposition to this type of…
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12 More Health Stories To Watch On Netflix

If you’re looking for something good to watch on Netflix you’re in luck! These 12 health stories are available to watch right now. So, pick up your remote, grab your favorite snack, and enjoy!   It’s Not Yet Dark Health Topic: Amyotrophic lateral…
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How Do We Reduce HIV Stigma? 6 Ideas from People with HIV, Advocates, and Educators
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How Do We Reduce HIV Stigma? 6 Ideas from People with HIV, Advocates, and Educators

Stigma related to HIV has a tremendously destructive impact on individuals, families, and even communities. It can prevent people from getting tested, seeking treatment, or disclosing their diagnosis to those most likely to provide support. Who Can You Tell? The International Conference on…
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Dyspareunia: What Women Think About Painful Sex After Menopause

Dyspareunia: What Women Think About Painful Sex After Menopause

Comedic author Ellen Dolgen, whose popular blog covers all facets of menopause, doesn’t care for the term dyspareunia. “That’s the best the medical community could do?” she says. “I call it dry vagina.” “During your menopausal journey, you may find that one day,…
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