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Do Our Illnesses Define Us?

Risa Sugarman | Posted 05.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Risa Sugarman

For now, depression is still a part of who I am. I am not ashamed of this and while I do not welcome it, I cannot pretend that it is not there. Maybe the phrase should be adjusted for meaning. Instead of, I am not my illness, perhaps it should be, there is more to me than my illness.

The 7 Germiest Items You Probably Touch Every Single Day

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Linda Rodgers | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com You expect germs to lurk in the obvious places—the toilet bowl, the trashcans, the floors. But there’s a slew of ...

My Ex Has Cancer. What Should I Feel?

Sara Cornell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Divorce
Sara Cornell

I'm not sure if with age and wisdom we would have any more in common than we did 20+ years ago, but the notion that water does indeed flow over the dam made me feel that the year was off to an emotionally healthy and positive start.

Why Compassion Matters

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 05.09.2015 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Doctors rarely cure diseases, he added. For the most part, they manage them. He told my students that being a good physician means helping patients navigate illness.

Married With A Boyfriend

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Melissa Gould

She notices Antonio, asks me, "Oh, is that your husband?" An innocent enough question. I say, "No, he's my boyfriend." The word so clumsy in my mouth. How can I have a boyfriend when I still feel like someone's wife?

Waiting For Better Days

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Nicole Jankowski

I was not going to die. But I had lost myself in the small space, I was sorry for myself. I wanted a long string of better days. Most of the other people there just wanted more days. Just... days.

The Small Things Are Killing Us

Vicki Wilson | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Vicki Wilson

Today, I watched my father walk down the slippery porch steps in front of my mother and brush the cold snow from the railing with his bare hand so she...

Mortality

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Arts
Loren Kleinman

That first night, when everyone buzzed around the hospital, I thought about whom I'd give my books to. I thought about who'd miss me the most. I thought who'd take care of Doris. No one. Nothing. Blank. Blank.

Codifying Racial Injustice: The Hyde Amendment and H.R. 7

David A. Grimes | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Grimes

The Hyde Amendment and H.R.7 target poor women who are disproportionately African-American or Hispanic. They establish a two-class system of medical care, a concept deemed unconstitutional for public education.

The 6 Injustices of Cancer

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

Remission does not mean recovery. The medical community pronounces patients "done" once their final treatments of chemo, radiation or surgery are over. However, for most people with cancer this is where the real challenges begin.

The Fragility of Life and Lung: My Dad's Severe Pneumonia Story

Benjamin Rubenstein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Benjamin Rubenstein

I am not the kind of person who wants to forget trauma and suffering. Rather, I want to cherish it. I want to remember that life is fragile no matter my effort to prevent another cancer -- no matter my dad's effort to stay active, healthy and strong.

Be The Best You Can Be No Matter What The Obstacle

Richard L. Burns | Posted 03.24.2015 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

You have been given a special gift. A second chance at life. And there's a guide for all this; to be the best you can be, no matter the obstacles. Injury or hurt, illness or surgery, stroke or cancer, bones or body, whatever the medical trauma.

A New Play, Looking for Parcifal, Tackles Death -- With Humor

Bernard Starr | Posted 03.23.2015 | Arts
Bernard Starr

If you heard that a play was about illness, death, and dying you would not be inclined to think comedy. But joining the two themes is possible.

5 Ways Little Kids Wash Their Hands

Brent Almond | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Brent Almond

Based on personal experience of how regularly my child practices responsible (unassisted) hygiene, it's a wonder we're not in the midst of a full-blown toddler zombie apocalypse.

Can You Trust Your Doctor?

Melissa Heisler | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

Doctors have degrees in medicine, but they don't have a degree in your specific body; only you do. Trust yourself. Know that you are the expert of your body and what is good for you. It is your responsibility to let the doctor know about other issues, other reactions you have noticed, and ways you have found to bring relief.

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

Cindy Finch, LICSW | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, LICSW

The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion, there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it.

Fight for What We Care for

Bill Marriott | Posted 02.03.2015 | Business
Bill Marriott

More than a year ago, Donna and I lost our beloved son, Stephen, who had been diagnosed in his teens with a rare mitochondrial disease that slowly cost him his eyesight, his hearing, his strength, and finally, his life. Since then, I have not stopped asking questions. I have not given up on a cure.

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

Samsung's Devastating Secret: The Tears Of 'Semiconductor Children'

Huffington Post Korea | Sungyoon Won | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

This article was translated by The Huffington Post from an original report by Hankyoreh, HuffPost's local media partner in South Korea. The piece is p...

How a Cat and Squid Helped My Son Heal

Domino Renee Perez | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Domino Renee Perez

We began to untangle a host of medical issues, pulling at each thread carefully, all the while logging on and tuning in for more Stampy, more Squid, more laughter.

What I Learned Visiting My Kids' 95-Year-Old Great-Grandmother

Meredith Hale | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

After weeks of unremitting pain, a smile crossed her lips as she watched her great-grandson explore her home, a den of wonders tantalizing him with glass candy dishes and old shoes buried deep in Grandma's closet.

Too Early for Flowers, Just in Time for Kurt Sipolski

Loren Kleinman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Home
Loren Kleinman

"Post-Polio Syndrome affects most survivors, in which the muscles become much weaker from overuse and I certainly am no exception. I gym daily, but use a cane often."

Unanswered Questions 29 Years After Joshua's Passing

1in20 | Posted 01.07.2015 | Healthy Living
1in20

Is it okay to go days at a time and not think about him? Is it okay for me to be so happy in life? To dance and sing and love (and photograph)? How do I answer a stranger who asks how many children I have?

A Portrait of Parkinson's

Marcela Sarmiento | Posted 01.04.2015 | Arts
Marcela Sarmiento

At 47, with several projects on the horizon, the last thing one hopes for is a visit from Parkinson and for him to overstay his welcome.