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I stayed up the rest of the night, frantically cleaning and scrubbing in hopes to cleanse the sheets, his mattress, and my soul of this horrible experience.
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Sep 19, 2014 at 10:00am | 135 comments

healthy
Problems in the mitochondria can manifest in diseases in almost any system of the body, but they are frequently found in the muscles, brain, eyes, kidneys, liver, and GI tract.
healthy
I'd really prefer not to have diarrhea on my wedding day, especially mid-ceremony, the most important part of this whole spectacle.
healthy
I’ve had pretty bad UTIs before, so I assumed that was what was happening. That coupled with the intensity of the pain led me to ask my boyfriend, who was getting more nervous by the second, to take me to an emergency clinic.
healthy
I can handle the mental anguish and physical pain of a serious illness and all its accoutrements, but I can’t handle the fact that my smile is gone. I mourn it every single day.
anxiety
I want to make my own money and be professionally fulfilled, but something in my brain won't let me.
breast cancer
Weight-loss surgery is not a subject you broach with someone is worried she might have breast cancer. It's just not.
yoga
By the time "Time of My Life" came on, the room pretty much felt like a 7th grade dance with small groups dancing together in circles around the room, cheering with whoops and cat calls -- only mindful, accepting, yogi cat calls.
healthy
Cystitis is one thing I can rely on to happen when I’m too tired or too stressed. That slight sting, the hot feeling in the base of my gut.
blindness
I had plenty of time to prepare for the blindness that would creep in slowly during my 20s, first eradicating my nighttime and peripheral vision and eventually, in my 30s, my central vision.
overweight
Why couldn’t he just say the word FAT? What was he scared of?
doctors
OR: A brief history of why I hated doctors for so long, and why I finally stopped.
childbirth
I was scared and alone. After he put the needle in, I started crying.
healthy
She buys me a new scale for every apartment I’ve had, the old one having mysteriously disappeared. Even today, we email each other our weights on a daily basis.
self tanners
Breathe, take a piece of gum or mint, breathe, put on X Rihanna song, breathe, put on chapstick, breathe, put on lip gloss. Repeat as necessary. And suddenly, you’re six months without a cigarette.
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getting pregnant with michelle tea
It is my suspicion that every little weird glitchy thing happening to my body is somehow related to being pregnant, and I don’t seem to be incorrect.
healthy
Why am I “depressing” or “negative” because I want to, as everyone does, talk about my experiences?
healthy
I‘ve been in pain for 21 years. I’ve never in 21 years not felt physically sick in some way. All the time. That’s my norm.
healthy
My cyst's gigantic circumference meant all of my non-parasitic organs were squished into a tiny blob against my side.
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There was the blind date where I began convulsing in front of an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. I never saw him again.
veganism
I simply explained to Noah that if given the opportunity to choose, the dairy cows and chickens would pick life over death and freedom over cages.