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Penny’s Story (Breast Cancer)

My annual November mammo showed nothing. In December, we moved halfway across the U.S., away from our kids and our families, for employment. In February, while unpacking, I hit myself with a box and later felt a lump. Thinking it was a blood clot, I had it checked out. Again, …

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Pebbles’s Story (Lymph Node Removal)

Close call–that is what I like to call it. My brush with breast cancer all started with a mammogram. It was 2014, and I had been living with type 1 diabetes for 5 years. I knew I needed to take charge of my health after both of my parents died from …

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Elena’s Story (PCOS)

I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome at age 16. My case was as bad as it gets. I wasn’t able to menstruate at all… ever. I am now ovulating and menstruating every month. My cycle ranges from 23 to 40 days. My body hasn’t yet begun running “like clockwork,” …

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Stephanie’s Story (Chiari Malformation)

Stephany Moudy

Hi, my name is Stephanie. I was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation 2 years ago, due to real bad migraines. A few months ago, I started getting dizzy. My legs and arms go numb, I have blurred vision, depression, and anxiety. My shoulders hurt, and my face feels numb at times. …

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Jade’s Story (Kidney Failure)

Jade Caty

Hi! I’m Jade, your typical 18-year-old with just one difference. I was diagnosed with kidney failure, May 2016, actually a week after my birthday and the same week of my high school graduation. Crazy, right? I was a healthy child growing up. This disease hit me out of nowhere. How …

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Daniela’s Story (Thyroid Cancer)

Teal, Purple, and Pink Ribbon

My name is Daniela. I’m 34. About two months ago, I found a lump in my throat, just above my collar bone. Cancer has touched my family in the worst way. My oldest brother died at age 28, after fighting bravely for 2 years. Oddly, finding this lump didn’t scare …

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Angel’s Story (PCOS)

I would like to tell you all about my battle with PCOS. First of all, I want to say this has completely been ruining my life for years. I’ve had battles with weight loss and irregular periods from the time I was 11 to 14, but that was because I …

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Katie’s Story (Lupus)

I was diagnosed with Lupus SLE in January 2016. I am nearing the end of year one, and and what a year it has been. Like most of you, I had been seeing doctors for over a year prior to being diagnosed. Test after test, lab after lab, and they …

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Nancy’s Story (RSD)

Hi, My name is Nancy, and I live with–I don’t say suffer–RSD. I had bilateral carpal tunnel surgery, which triggered RSD, back in 2001. The one thing never mentioned to me. I found out real quick just what RSD was. It’s a terrible, life-changing disease. I’ve had nerve blocks through …

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Brindle’s Story (Heart Disease)

At 20-years-old, I thought my life was over, and I feared if I went to bed that I wouldn’t wake up the next day. I had my whole life planned out. I was engaged to a wonderful man–we’re married now–and I had a wonderful career in the army and planned …

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Laura’s Story (Endometriosis)

I HAVE to write this, as I have found it very hard to find people in the same situation as myself. Endometriosis–you wouldn’t have guessed (well, I didn’t) that I had it. I have been on the pill since age sixteen and had two long-term boyfriends, so I have never really been off the …

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Adeline’s Story (Endometriosis)

Hello, fellow fighters! I was diagnosed in 2010 and have had multiple surgeries up until now. Throughout the years, I have had massive pain, fatigue and emotional distress. Having a massive fibroid removed in 2010 started my journey to learn more about this disease. Changing my diet has helped with …

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Lyndsey’s Story (Endometriosis)

Hello Ladies!!! I was diagnosed with endometriosis when I was sixteen. Wow, sixteen years ago!!! It has been quite a battle. Multiple surgeries, many medications, a lot of suffering. Thankfully, I’ve had my family and friends’ support over the years and have found a man that loves me no matter what. …

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Merideth’s Story (Interstitial Cystitis)

My symptoms hit the boiling point in the fall of 2013. I woke up one Sunday morning, and as soon as I went to the bathroom, it became apparent that I was at the beginning of a urinary tract infection. I am very aware of what that feels like, since …

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