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Please Stop Panicking About Ebola

Earlier this week, the Kansas City local news teased to a potential Ebola case in the metro. Oops, no, maybe it was typhoid. Everyone freaked out, anyway. It is as though there has never been a contagious disease outbreak in the history of humanity. Listen, we have to stop the madness....more
Thought provoking and true.   We all need to get a grip.more

The Sad Silence of Pregnancy Loss

It was supposed to be an ordinary day. A doctor's appointment that should have been just a check for my peace of mind for a pregnancy that had been progressing normally up until that moment. I sat on the ultrasound table, floating in the eerie silence.  Somewhere, I became aware that I heard a woman sobbing.  It was that deep, shocked sort of sobbing, the kind where the person cries because there must be release, but the loss had not sunk in yet.  The room was so still, so airless, that until I felt the first tiny drop of wetness onto my hand, I could not connect that the woman crying out was me. ...more
I am very sorry for your loss. I am also grateful to you for sharing it because I know that ...more

Why Are Facebook, Apple Paying for Women to Freeze Their Eggs?

Today, Mashable reported that Facebook and Apple have both put policies into place to pay for a woman to freeze her eggs, effectively allowing her to delay having a child. Is this a boon? Or a creepy suggestion about how to succeed in the fast-paced, hyper-competitive world of tech?...more
I was horrified by this being labelled as a perk. I'm sure for some ppl it's great to know the $ ...more

Women Mobilize to Halt the Spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Door-to-door volunteers and traditional chiefs are educating and gathering information in their communities on prevention and the impact of the Ebola virus on women. ...more
United Nation and rich countries know they should help poor countries even for ourselves helth.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

I Used To Be Fearless. What Happened?

Last week, my friend took me to a beautiful place we’d gone to over the years. It’s a short hike up to a ledge that looks out over a spectacular vista of deciduous trees in various stages of fall colors. Image: Nicholas_T...more
I wasn't scared, either, in my 20s.  But by living life and being a part of the world, we become ...more

Poor Duchess Kate! 7 Things You Need to Know About Morning Sickness

Oh morning sickness, you heinous beast, a rite of passage for many moms-to-be.  I have a love-hate relationship with it because on one hand, I’m miserable.  On the other?  It’s a great sign that everything is progressing well. As the weeks slowly pass and the nausea remains every minute of every day (just like Duchess Kate, I'm told, I’ve had a few thoughts on the subject. ...more
Oh morning sickness is the worst! I actually got sick before I even missed my period! Since I ...more

My Face is Not a Halloween Costume

Sometimes when small children see me, they are scared, and vocalize or gesticulate their fears. They tell their parents they're scared, or hide behind their parents' legs. Honestly, this saddens me; I don't want to scare anyone. I think that it's because they've not seen people with visible differences before, but I also believe it's because they have seen masks and screen characters who are depicted as evil. Think Freddy Kruger, Scarface and Two Face. Does this evil come about because the characters are lashing out over the misfortune of looking different and the associated social reactions? ...more
I love this. Of course we think about the appropriateness of ethnic costumes, but this had ...more

Would You Want to be a Homeless Woman with No Tampons?

Can you image what it would be like to be a homeless woman without tampons?...more
I checked into this with a company that manufactures/markets these and they indicate that there ...more

High School Football Players Are Dying! How Can We Make the Game Safer?

I’m from Texas. I understand football and its followers. "Friday Night Lights" was popular for a reason. I know that in some communities — in Texas and throughout this country — high school football is more than a game. It’s a potent mixture of tradition, religion, entertainment and quite often, a social axis around which a community revolves. Image: Jinx!...more