Petitioning the American Cancer Society's New Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Then I learned I had the BRCA1 mutation, and I discovered that I needed to be my own best advocate - in researching the options I had for preventative care, in fighting for coverage for the prophylactic procedures I was choosing, and in finding and communicating with health care professionals. The experience gave me even confidence in speaking up for myself. I don't like arguing for arguments' sake, but when something or someone is worth advocating for, I now feel justified in fighting a good fight. ...more
Personally, I would vastly prefer to see resources go to curing or eliminating breast cancer ... more

How to Become a Runner in 10 Easy Steps

Whether your goal is to find your outlet, to get in shape or run a race, you'll be on your way to seizing true runner status if you follow these 10 simple steps. And no, becoming a runner is not as hard as you may think. ...more
This is wonderful. I've just finished a learn to run program and especially appreciated your ... more

How to Stop Scrapers From Stealing Your Content

People will do anything these days to post free content. Instead of writing something fresh, they would rather copy posts from your site and post them on their own. Content scrapers think that by including a by-line at the top of the post and an attribution at the bottom – or not – that it's "curation." Guess what? It's still copyright infringement. ...more
I was scraped and was advised to do exactly things you advise (send them a note, cite the DMCA ... more

10 Things Not to Do When You Get a Tattoo

During the day, I play a tattoo artist on TV. Okay, I really am a tattoo artist (not to be confused with my night job of a ninja assassin), and I love my job. There are certain things about my job that seriously make me want to head home and crawl back into bed, though. And, it's not just me; I've talked to the guys at the shop -- they have the same pet peeves.So, I'm going to help y'all out and give you the hook up from an insider source ... me. ...more
Wow. And here I thought while reading this that it was just basic common sense. I didn't think ... more

What to Expect After You Walk Away From a Problem Person

If you have a person in your life that is toxic or is the cause of major problems, one of the hardest things you may have to do is to walk away from the relationship....more
I only wish I'd read this article a couple of years ago when I most needed to know that I'm not ... more

Pardon Me? Why Should Mark Wahlberg Be Pardoned For His Racial Hate Crimes?

[Update 12/12/2014: The Daily Mail reports that the one of the men beaten by Mark Wahlberg, Johnny Trihn says he was blinded in one eye while fighting in the Vietnam War and now would like to see Wahlberg get a pardon. --Grace] Pardon me, Mark Wahlberg? ...more
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3 Wedding Traditions Single People Absolutely Hate

Weddings get on my nerves!Don’t disregard my opinion because I’m divorced, currently unwed, and over 35. To be clear, none of these things have anything to do with how I feel about weddings and hey, I actually planned one before.I’ve attended a LOT of weddings and, for the most part, they are all the same. Sure, some couples add culturally diverse touches, try a few of the new, trendy ideas, or buck one or two of the “traditions”, but most weddings follow the same rules and procession.That. Is. Borrrrring....more
We didn't assign seating and it all worked out super well. I've never understood the need for ... more

5 Signs That You Are an Internet Troll

As a blogger with connections to writers all over the world, I hear a lot of complaining about the trolls ruining the comment sections of articles, especially those posted on the bigger blogs such as  Huffington Post or Scary Mommy. My own work has earned the gaze of trolls along with their pithy (often misspelled and expletive-filled vitriol) explanations for why I should "just kill myself" or my personal favorite to, "get a life." ...more
I agree with everything you say here. It should be sort of a primer for the beginning commenter: ... more

Brittany Maynard's Right to Die: Is It a Sin?

[Editor's Note: As of 10/302014, Brittany Maynard has delayed her plans to end her life.]I can never forget that time in college I had to write about euthanasia. What is euthanasia? The act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering ( As I was doing my research, something about euthanasia didn't feel right....more
I'm not religious, so won't speak to the subject of sin. What I can offer is this: I have had a ... more

I'm Sick of Cancer, But it Won't Be a Good Day When My Treatment Stops

There is a bell in cancer centre chemotherapy unit. Every time someone has their last treatment, they ring that bell in triumph and the unit explodes in applause. But not me. If I was dozing, I keep my eyes closed. If awake, I stare fixedly at my book. It's not that I'm not happy for whoever is walking away. It's just that, while I'm sick of being a cancer patient, it won't be a good day when my treatment stops. ...more
CatherineTheWriter I welcomed the opportunity to get our voices out there, especially admidst ... more