Showing posts from February, 2020

The Silent Killer That Took My Dad's Life, My Aunt's Life, and May Someday Take My Own

'I worry each tingle and pain may be the last.'      Arrive 15 minutes early. Avoid eating or drinking after midnight. Remove all jewelry and metallic materials. The prep was easy, though a septum piercing, nostril piercing, navel piercing, nipple piercing, and several lobe and cartilage piercings made the latter time-consuming. I stood in the mirror with emu oil and pliers and slowly removed each stud, post, and ring. However, once I arrived at the imaging center, I was ready. It was time for my biennial MRA.

Chelsea Handler On How ’Therapy, Meditation, and Weed’ Changed Her Life

Always frank, the comedian gets real about putting in the emotional work to deal with old traumas and find more joy.  Ask Chelsea Handler to define happiness, and here’s what she’ll say: “It’s to be anxiety-free, ready for anything, and to have an optimistic outlook about what happens in your day. No matter what, you have to find the positive.” If you’ve kept up with Chelsea over the past year or so, this answer makes perfect sense. Last April, the 45-year-old published Life Will Be the Death of Me... and you too! It’s her sixth book and by far the most personal. In it, the comedian confronts the trauma of losing her oldest brother when she was 9 years old and chronicles her experience of taking therapy seriously for the first time ever. It’s filled with plenty of Chelsea’s signature acerbic wit, but it’s also emotional and touching.

I Hid My Genetic Disorder for Years—Until Doctors Found a Golf Ball-Size Cyst in My Lung

All her life, Harper Spero, 35, has been living with a rare, incurable syndrome that affects her immune system. But it wasn't until she underwent life-threatening surgery in her late 20s that she began facing the challenges of this invisible illness.  This article is part of  Health's  series,  Life Interrupted: Living With an Invisible Illness . Each month, one women will share what it's like to appear healthy on the outside while navigating daily life with a serious physical or mental health condition. When I was 27, I finally told my best friends about a health condition I had been living with my entire life. I was about to undergo surgery, which was risky because of the rare immunodeficiency disorder I had been diagnosed with in childhood. I was told there was a chance I wouldn’t make it through the procedure. So I sent my friends an email tellin