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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Chronically Ill? 8 Ways to Show a Bad Day Who’s Boss

Chronically Ill? 8 Ways to Show a Bad Day Who’s Boss

When you live with a chronic illness, bad days are more than just a case of the Mondays, or your bagel landing butter down. On the days that really suck there is little to relieve the pain, fatigue, and impossible barriers that start…
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Looking for Hope After Pediatric Brain Cancer Takes it Away

In just 224 days, Deb Fuller went from being a normal mom of two, to a mom who had lost one of her children to pediatric brain cancer. It’s normal for us to think the really bad things in life won’t happen to…
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What do People Think about Ads for Prescription Drugs?

Before the 1980’s, advertising for prescription drugs was intended for healthcare professionals – doctors, nurses, and pharmacists. During the 80’s, though, print ads started to appear in publications that everyone read. The FDA responded by publishing industry guidelines for ads, and the floodgates…
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4 things people with chronic illness hear during the holidays and how to deal

Have you been affected by a chronic health condition? Your story can make a difference! Sign up to share your experiences with Health Stories Project. For those living with chronic illness the holidays can be especially harrowing. Special meals, extra outings, and interactions with people who…
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Make a Difference: Sign Up to Share Health Experiences

At Health Stories Project, we work hard to bring you inspiring and educational stories about others but our real goal is to give you ways to share health experiences. Everyone has a story and every story can make a difference for someone. That’s what…
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Making Sense of Loss: One Mother’s Fight for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research

An Impossible Question What would it take for you to transform one of your most excruciating losses into something that will benefit generations to come? For many of us that question may be too abstract to focus in on. But for Kristine Wetzel…
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Why Don’t Colleges Offer Depression 101?

For a lot of college students, freshman year can be the hardest. Tougher schoolwork, making new friends, living away from home for the first time – it all hits you at once. But for Jennifer Ganyo, it wasn’t until she was a sophomore…
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Mountain climbing with Crohn's

Fitness and Flares: A Personal Trainer’s Experience Living with Crohn’s

Matthew Holland is the picture of health. He’s tall, handsome, and in great physical shape. He’s the type of guy who seeks out physical challenges with gusto, spending his summer vacations on a mountain bike or wakeboard and eagerly trying new snowboarding challenges…
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7 Warm Ideas for Getting Through Winter with Lupus

It’s easy to romanticize the cold. There is something about the purity of snow, snuggling by a warm fire, or staying indoors to listen to the rain that can elevate the spirit even during the darkest of days. However, for some of those…
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6 Messages of Thanks from People Living with Chronic Health Conditions

6 Messages of Thanks from People Living with Chronic Health Conditions

“I couldn’t do this alone.” Without context this statement might sound a little self-defeating, but it’s true, and it touches something deep and very real about our humanity. Humans are fragile, breakable things and each and every one of us needs to rely…
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Growing pains, anyone?

If you tried visiting our website a few weeks ago, you may have noticed that something was a little off. Well, more than a little off, actually. The whole thing was gone. Vanished. Kaput. So how does a website just up and disappear?…
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When I feel a flare coming on: 5 Tips for Managing Fibromyalgia Flare-Ups

Fibromyalgia is a very common, chronic condition that causes widespread muscle and joint pain, tenderness, fatigue, depression, as well as many other symptoms. It’s often accompanied by a condition that sufferers refer to as “fibro fog,” a constant state of fatigue that results…
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A Life-Changing Experience: Kidney Donors Share Their Stories

A son. A wife. A friend of a friend. A stranger. They live in different parts of the country and come from different backgrounds, but they share one thing: they have each given a kidney to someone who needed it. Perhaps you’ve checked…
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You Are Not Your Thoughts: Learning to Live with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

When most people think a negative “what if” thought, it passes quickly without leaving a lasting impression. But for people with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), that thought can manifest into an obsession and they’re often left living in constant fear that something terrible will…
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4 Ways to Help Autistic Kids Have a Happy Halloween

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year. It’s also an incredibly stimulating one, full of social interaction, costumes, candy, and decorations. Autistic kids can be particularly sensitive to this. To help provide some tips on how to cut down on…
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20 Insights on Diagnosis from People Living with CRPS

We deliver new health stories each week! –>   “In an instant my life changed forever. A simple fall. I just didn’t realize I was in for the fight of my life.” – Melissa, patient living with CRPS Complex regional pain syndrome (or…
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7 Tips for Sharing Your Health Story

Opening up about your experience living with a health condition can be both therapeutic and a little scary. Whether you rarely talk about your health experiences, or write openly about them on a blog, sharing your health story has a range of benefits….
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Auditor Tackles a Persistent Case: Managing Type 1 Diabetes

A Day in the Life of a Type 1 Diabetic Auditor For an auditor in a public accounting firm during busy season, the average day follows a tough routine where fast food beats food prep, late nights outlast rest and exercise never makes…
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Beyond Back Pain: 3 Things People with Ankylosing Spondylitis Need You to Understand

Join Health Stories Project and you’ll be automatically entered into our sweepstakes! Members receive information about our upcoming projects. We’re giving away $500 in prizes. No purchase necessary. Click to read the official rules. You know how you feel right after a really…
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Yoga for Every Body

Yoga for Every Body: Q&A with Curvy Yoga Founder Anna Guest-Jelley

Yoga is generally considered one of the healthiest things you can do for your body, and research is beginning to affirm what many believe to be true.  In fact, regular yoga practice has been scientifically linked to reduced heart rate, lower blood pressure,…
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Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a rare condition, with about 500-1000 new cases being diagnosed each year in the United States. We asked our community to share how this condition has impacted their lifestyle.

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“I think the best way to heal from #cancer is to love life with all that you have. Does everybody have to swim a river? No. But if they passionately pursue their dreams, it gives them the best chance to heal,” said Dean Hall.

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This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, we are remembering Jane Gardner, award-winning broadcast journalist, who battled four types of #cancers since 1999: breast, skin, ovarian and lung.

Read what she shared with us in 2019: https://t.co/hUo5p8ZXum #ovariancancerawareness

Sepsis accounts for at least 11 million deaths worldwide annually.

We have compiled a list of symptoms for sepsis. Be on the lookout especially if you’ve recently received medical treatment for an infection or have a chronic disease. For more info, visit: https://t.co/6CKCGxCynV

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