Some days I can forget about it. I don't have to double up on ibuprofen and paracetamol, stick menthol heat patches over my neck or wear a hot water bottle draped on my shoulders. Unfortunately, those days are few and far between.
Now when I see the traits we have in common I secretly apologize, sure that the more features we share, the more likely we share the BRCA2 also. "I'm so sorry," I whisper, tears welling, gazing at my daughter who looks most like me. "I didn't mean it."
It may not be true for you, but it's true for them. If they think your story is the best one they've ever read or that your church solo moved them or that you look nice in that sweater, that's their business, and they get to be right.
I've seen the vaccination debate from many angles, and I think I can help clear some things up. Above all, I want to make it clear to those frightened parents that there's nothing to be afraid of. Here are the most common concerns I hear, and some responses.
Have your children asked you about Ebola yet? The pandemic is causing quite a stir in the news and social media, and while you grapple with your own questions and fears, you should also prepare yourself for how to handle your child's questions and potential anxieties as well.
When the risks are very high and the treatment benefits low, a duty to treat is less than categorical.
We've come to a pivotal moment where a need created by technological advances is once again being filled by technological advances. That is what makes technology so exciting -- its ability both to shape and be shaped by humanity. So find a tech-health product that fits your needs.
Mental-health services in the U.S. are a failed mess: underfunded, disorganized, inaccessible, misallocated, dispirited, and driven by commercial interest. The current nonsystem is a shameful disgrace that won't change unless the various voices who care about the mentally ill can achieve greater harmony.
Imagine being pregnant while having a chronic health condition such as diabetes, hypertension, depression or asthma, or being diagnosed with an illness while pregnant. Amazingly, your doctor may not know exactly what treatments or drugs, or what dose, will work best for you. This is a reality faced by American women every day.
Studies show as many as 48 percent of people in abusive situations stay out of concern for their pets' safety, and more than 70 percent of pet owners entering shelters report their batterer had threatened, injured or killed their pets. But despite this issue, most domestic violence shelters only take humans -- no pets are allowed.
They say there is nothing fiercer than a mama bear protecting her cubs, and when a diagnosis of cancer comes, many women feel deep fear and an unwavering will to live.
For me, what is so ruthless about Ebola in particular, is the way it forces victims to anticipate death, be ostracized and feared and remain void of human touch and personal connection. My test results came back negative for Ebola. I had never been happier to have Malaria.
News that a second health care worker has been infected with Ebola here in the United States raises serious questions about the preparedness of health systems all over world to deal with the reality of this global health threat.
Statistically, black women are more likely to die of breast cancer than white women, even though more white women are diagnosed with it. Heartbreakingly, one of the reasons for this is fear.
Dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins are the quartet responsible for our happiness. Many events can trigger these neurotransmitters, but rather than being in the passenger seat, there are ways we can intentionally cause them to flow.
We live in an era of industrialized and impersonal medicine, where time spent with our doctors is kept to a minimum, almost as a science. But it wasn't always this way.
Seasonal affective disorder or SAD, is a type of depression that literally follows a seasonal pattern. It systematically appears and disappears at the same time each year. The people who are affected by SAD experience depression-like symptoms beginning in the fall which may continue for five to seven months until spring returns and the days become longer again.
"Ultimately, play matters because people matter, and it represents one of the best opportunities in our daily lives for people to really get to know one another -- to see and truly be seen by others."
Be patient with yourself. You don't have to be perfect -- even at this. You'll have good days and bad ones, triumphs and setbacks. It's part of the journey.