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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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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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U.S. Immigration Ban Takes Effect: Will Your Healthcare be Impacted?

U.S. Immigration Ban Takes Effect: Will Your Healthcare be Impacted?

On December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court approved the third version of the president’s travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges continue to be heard in the lower courts. Intended to protect the U.S. from the threat of terrorism, the regulation…
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December Health Story Prompts

December Health Story Prompts

As you may recall, last month we provided health story prompts to encourage more people to send us stories. I am happy to report that we received a story from Shirley Davis about life with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). We are so thankful…
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Creature Comforts: Therapy Animals Who Work to Help Humans Heal

Creature Comforts: Therapy Animals Who Work to Help Humans Heal

When Smiley the Blind Therapy Dog recently passed away at 15 years old after a long fight with cancer, thousands of people posted messages of grief across social media. Smiley, a fluffy golden retriever who was rescued from a puppy mill, was born…
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Patience and Perseverance: Living for Decades with Multiple Sclerosis

Patience and Perseverance: Living for Decades with Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis is a condition of the central nervous system that interferes with messages between the brain and the body. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society estimates that at least 400,000 in the U.S. have MS. For unknown reasons, people who live in northern…
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Dissociative Identity Disorder

3 Reasons I Am Grateful to Be Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) was once called “multiple personality disorder.” It’s a serious, rare condition in which a person’s identity is fragmented into distinct personalities. This post about life with DID was submitted by a Health Stories Project community member. Click here to…
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Chronic Illness and The Holidays

This comic by Tatiana Gill was inspired by comments from our community. Have you been affected by a chronic health condition? Sign up to share your experiences with Health Stories Project!

Living with pulmonary arterial hypertension

Living with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: “You don’t have to give up”

Meet Kathryn Kathryn has been living with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) since 2006. Though it’s a serious condition, she doesn’t let it slow her down – not even on the tennis court! We asked Kathryn to share her story with our app. Here’s what she…
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How Hard Work and Support Helped Rain Blu Cope with PTSD

How Hard Work and Support Helped One Woman Cope with PTSD

Rain Blu was a young mother working as an emergency services dispatcher when she began to experience debilitating anxiety and bouts of dissociation. She’d get stuck in high panic mode for days on end. She started to wonder if she were going crazy….
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November Health Story Prompts

November Health Story Prompts

At Health Stories Project, our mission is to help patients and caregivers share their personal health experiences and to learn from the experiences of others. That’s what why we keep adding and talking about new ways for people to share. We work hard…
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A Tough Pill to Swallow: Taking Aromatase Inhibitors to Prevent a Second Breast Cancer

A Tough Pill to Swallow: Taking Aromatase Inhibitors to Prevent a Second Breast Cancer

Getting the Diagnosis that No One Wants Judy started getting mammograms yearly when she was forty. Because she has dense breast tissue, her doctor decided that she should also have an ultrasound each year since dense breast tissue makes it more difficult to…
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