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What Everyone Should Know About Life With A Brain Injury

Amy Zellmer | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Amy Zellmer

A TBI changes you. Literally and figuratively. My personality is different. My energy levels and sleep patterns are foreign to me. The confused woman in the kitchen staring at the oven is someone I am just now starting to understand.

Still Here

Bruce Ward | Posted 02.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Bruce Ward

Hope. Before 1996, just saying the word -- just thinking it, imagining it -- was thought of as naive. Foolish. A clutching at straws. While never letting go of hope, even in my darkest moments, I nonetheless knew that I would die from this disease. And that my time was limited.

I Never Asked His Name

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

My bus came into view and I said goodbye. As I got on the bus and sat down, the young man smiled and waved at me. I waved back and wondered what his life would have been like if he had received the kind of support and opportunities I was lucky enough to have obtained.

High School Takes On Week-Long 'Survivor' Competition

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.16.2015 | Teen

"Survivor" may be in its 30th season, but a high school just put a whole new spin on it. On Jan. 29, Oregon City High School kicked off its own ve...

Biosphere 2: Real Life Reality TV

Findery | Posted 02.09.2015 | Travel

The 30th season of Survivor, premieres on February 25th. For 15 years, I have indulged in my guilty pleasure of watching castaways try to outwit, outlast and outplay each other for a million dollars.

Surviving Mars and Surviving Loss Are Not So Different

Tracey Cleantis | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Tracey Cleantis

Let me just start off by saying that I am decidedly NOT a science-fiction fan. Klingons and Trekkies and books and films involving planets, wormhole...

A Problem With How We Treat Cancer -- and How to Fix It

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

What's missing, and what is so needed during this time, is a fifth phase of cancer, or the social, emotional, spiritual and psychological support for life after you are sent home to recover.

The Best Season Of 'Survivor' Ever, According To Fans

The Huffington Post | Leigh Blickley | Posted 01.30.2015 | Entertainment

CBS Watch! magazine is releasing a special "Survivor" collector’s edition in anticipation of the premiere of Season 30 on Feb. 25 -- and in the issu...

The Heart Inside My Chest Is Not My Own

Jessica Katz | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Jessica Katz

I quiet myself down, take deep breaths and listen to my heart beat. Sometimes the world can seem so chaotic, that only breathing can bring me back to the center of who I am.

Why Nobody Ever Really Loses Their Battle With Cancer

Lindsay Goldstein | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Goldstein

The word "losing" has so much stigma. Nobody wants to be called a "loser" for any reason or in any context. So why is it so often used to describe someone who's fought cancer? While I wouldn't call cancer a "winning" situation by any means, those who have to fight it are giving it their all.

What Being a Reality Show Loser Taught Me About Winning at Life

Francesca Hogi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Entertainment
Francesca Hogi

It's hard to say which subjects one to more derision -- being a contestant on a reality TV show, or failing miserably as a contestant on a reality TV show. As far as losing on national television in front of millions of people goes, I have special expertise.

How I Found Humor As A 35-Year-Old Quad Amputee

Oral Fixation | Posted 01.08.2015 | Women
Oral Fixation

When situations like these occur, we are all faced with a psychological challenge. I could have become really embarrassed and closed off and decided never to go out in public to prevent my leg or wig from falling off or to prevent hearing the words "she has no hands." But wouldn't that be avoiding life?

Leaning In With Victims of Child Sex Trafficking

Lean In Circles | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Lean In Circles

What is the stereotype of a girl engaging in prostitution to you? A drug addict? A teenager looking for trouble? A reckless runaway? Or a young girl, lost, manipulated, scared, confused, alone, fighting to find her voice to scream for help?

And The 'Survivor' Winner Is ...

The Huffington Post | Leigh Blickley | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment

After 39 days of battling the elements and competition in Nicaragua, Natalie Anderson walked away with the million dollar prize and the title of sole ...

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

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

Why I Still (Kinda, Sorta) Go to the Gym

Bruce Ward | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Bruce Ward

Relationships and friendships have come and gone, illnesses have brought me to the brink of death and back to full health, medications have changed, many deaths have been mourned, careers have been thwarted and reimagined, often multiple times on the same day. But I have always kept a gym membership.

Title IX Requires Schools Be Involved in Responding to Campus Sexual Assault -- and That's a Good Thing

Lisa Maatz | Posted 02.09.2015 | College
Lisa Maatz

Schools' role in responding to campus sexual assault is essential, because students' civil rights -- an equal opportunity to education -- are on the line. I fear, however, that many do not understand that these civil rights concerns stand separate from any criminal proceedings that may or may not transpire.

A Chemo Christmas: 24 Ways to Help Those Who Are in the Hospital at the Holidays

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Here are the top five most effective things you can do for your hospitalized friend and their families during the holidays, plus 19 quick and easy ways to bring Christmas cheer and holiday fun.

Moving Beyond Shame

Kaly McKenna | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Kaly McKenna

While the reasons for the shame are as diverse as the millions of women who suffer in this world, here are three reasons highlighting why it is so difficult for women to move beyond the shame.

Longterm Survivors: A World AIDS Day Remembrance

Bruce Ward | Posted 01.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Bruce Ward

For over a decade, my primary focus had been to stay alive -- one day, one breath, at a time. Everything else became secondary. I lived in the country of AIDS, on another planet, in another century, speaking a foreign language, in what Virginia Woolf described as the "undiscovered country" of illness.

Parenting Survivors of Childhood Abuse Need a Voice

Dawn Daum | Posted 01.03.2015 | Parents
Dawn Daum

I am a mom, and I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Once being a survivor started to interfere with my ability to be a "normal" mom, I started paying more attention to how and why the two identities were connected.

Surviving Ain't Easy

Lori Lee | Posted 01.03.2015 | Women
Lori Lee

Surviving narrows focus and strengthens resolve. Surviving comes with added responsibilities and can at times, become quite tiring. But the advantage is a clearer picture; an unobstructed view of the good stuff that has always surrounded us.

Survivor Todd's Shocking Relapse: The Life or Death Intervention

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

When he first appeared on Dr. Phil one year ago, Survivor: China winner Todd Herzog was battling an alcohol addiction so severe, his family feared he ...

Bystander Intervention and Double Standards of Sexual Assault During Hazing

Mike Domitrz | Posted 12.23.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

Understanding the importance of bystander intervention and how to make a positive impact using it is a skill set that is needed in every school. These alleged incidents are proof that a conversation and education about bystander intervention is needed in every school and every home in our country.

This Is Where You Left Me

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 12.10.2014 | Women
Audrey Hayworth

The words 'broken' and 'damaged' are thrown around frequently to describe people like me. Shattered, and unable to form the ashes into something, anything at all, would be how I would describe the state of mind I lived with for a very long time.