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This Woman Gave Up Sugar for 30 Days
Healthy grilled cheese and seafood tacos? Count us in!
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I Gave Up Sugar, Alcohol, Gluten, Grains, Dairy, and Soy For 30 Days
My clothes were too tight, my skin was flaring up, and my mind was foggy. Something needed to change.
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I Thought I Was Too Young for a Hysterectomy
By age 33, I had already faced more health problems than most people do in a lifetime. Then I got uterine cancer.
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Adorable Triplets Overcome Their Rare Birth Defect
These little guys are *so* strong!
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I Was Slowly Becoming Paralyzed
Jesi Payne could barely walk or hold her kids — but a simple fix changed everything.
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Being Disfigured by Scleroderma Gave Me the Chance to Love Myself
I will never look the way I wish I did, but I can't allow it to consume me.
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How Being Diagnosed With Double Depression Saved My Life
A correct diagnosis was just what Bethanne Patrick needed. Here, she shares her story.
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Most People Will Never Understand My Eating Disorder
Here's what it's really like to live with exercise bulimia.
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How Living With One Breast Changed the Way I Feel About My Body
'There's that attachment you have with your breasts and the link they have with being a woman.'
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What It's Really Like to Live With a Facial Deformity
'What I really think has had the most impact on me is the realization that I'm 34 years old and I've never had a boyfriend.'
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Nothing Will Stop This 7-Year-Old From Living Out Loud, Not Even 30+ Tumors in Her Leg and Brain
When Emma Leibow was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder at 9 months old, her parents were terrified.
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Dad With Cancer Stages Future Milestones With His Kids as He Gets Ready to Say Goodbye
Ray Burrow decided to stop his treatment for throat cancer three weeks ago.
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I Had a Stroke at Age 10 and Was Supposed to Spend the Rest of My Life in a Nursing Home
But now, against all odds, David Dow travels the world speaking and giving hope to other stroke survivors.
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My Overactive Bladder Turned Out to Be an Incurable Condition
Christina's interstitial cystitis causes her go to the bathroom up to 70 times a day.
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One Year After Being Scalped on a Carnival Ride, 12-Year-Old Opens Up About Her Ongoing Recovery
'My scars don't define me.'
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Just Seven Months After a Car Accident Paralyzed Him, This Dad Learned to Walk Again
He wanted to be able to dance with his wife and walk his daughters down the aisle — and now he can.
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I Was An MMA Fighter — And a Victim of Domestic Abuse
In a martial arts cage, Joanna was fearless. But when her ex got abusive, fighting back required a different kind of strength.
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This Woman Went From Eating Two Dinners a Night to Losing Half Her Body Weight
Up next: Shedding a few more pounds and undergoing skin removal surgery.
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This Girl's 'Hallucination Art' Is a Haunting Look at What It's Like to Have Schizophrenia
She draws the voices she hears, too.
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The Inspiring Way One Woman Dropped 154 Pounds in a Year and a Half
Jennifer Robinson transformed her shape with a routine that brings out the warrior inside her. You've got one, too.
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