Somehow, I had the impression that an elective mastectomy was different, less invasive than one performed when cancer is present. I convinced myself that the surgery would be more like the cosmetic breast reduction I had four years ago.
Immediately, my mind began racing with questions: When am I going to die? What will people think of me? If I live, am I going to be sick for the rest of my life? And what does 'sick' even mean? I was confused, upset, afraid and angry.
Part of what makes the holidays so special is being around family, experiencing the joy of giving, the indulgence of special food and drink, and the fun of holiday parties. It's super OK to dive into all of it, we've just got to remember ways to come up for air.
There's nothing inspiring or empowering about two male CEOs taking credit for a young woman's work while twisting the entire purpose from being about reproductive health to being little more than a joke. But a 20-year-old ultrafeminist scientist who's about to launch her own company? That will be something to watch.
When I began considering myself a body-pos activist, so to speak, I was a size 18/20. I shouted from the rooftops that I was in love with my fat, and that I would never, ever allow anyone to make me feel unworthy or "less than" in the future.
While there is much progress to celebrate in HIV treatment and prevention, protecting women remains a major challenge. AIDS is the number-one killer of women ages 15 to 44 worldwide.
Hardly anyone will express gratitude for access to health services, like an ambulance or an emergency room, because we rarely give it a second thought. Yet millions of women and children around the world struggle to access even the most basic health services.
Current instances of coercive contraceptive practices cast a dark shadow over the equally important reality of the pervasive and daily violations of human rights that occur by depriving millions of people of their right to reproductive health care, including family planning.
Do what is best for you and don't let anyone, including me, take you off course. You have enough to think about when you find out you have breast cancer and it can be easy to get lost in the haze.
Feminism has become the word du jour. But what's its message? Its goals? Why is it so divisive?
Saving the lives of women and children takes financial resources, political will, and savvy advocates who are undaunted by the enormity of the challenges they face.
Instead of exercising to sculpt, change, and tighten, what if we simply moved our bodies in ways that brought us satisfaction and joy? This a radical mindset shift because we are inundated daily with society's belief that our bodies need to be fixed
I supported you through your pregnancies. I was strong for deliveries. I was patient during recoveries. It seemed like the more I gave, the less you appreciated it!
We all care about women's lives, and PEPFAR under President Bush and President Obama has vastly improved the health of women and their families, while building vital healthcare system infrastructure. Let's continue the success, without being undermined by the Global Gag Rule.
I discovered that I had been living a life according to what other's believed was the norm. I learned that every experience is part of the journey and realized that my journey was my life's purpose.
I've known smart women who've gone to extremes to hide the fact that they have to work for their figure. I've been one of them. I once got out of sharing bread pudding on a date by saying that the sight of it made me sad because it was served at my grandpa's shiva.