Dating with a chronic illness taught me that I am more than my disease

June 19, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC After years of enduring dead-end doctor’s visits with the goal of treating my mystery health issues, a sudden acceleration of symptoms finally leads me to a diagnosis on a fateful day in July: Lyme disease (with co-infections). At the sickest I’d ever been and at the precipice of … Continue reading Dating with a chronic illness taught me that I am more than my disease

It took doctors 20 years to diagnose my Lyme disease—here’s what I wish I knew during that time

April 30, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC I used to brag that I was the only person in my family who’d never had Lyme disease. Turns out I should have been bragging that I was the only one never diagnosed with it. Because I had Lyme disease, alright. Symptoms like pain and tingling, digestive problems, … Continue reading It took doctors 20 years to diagnose my Lyme disease—here’s what I wish I knew during that time

Here are 8 ways to lower your risk of heart disease—and some of them are actually pretty fun

February 02, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC A staggering 48 percent of American adults suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, finds a new report published in the journal Circulation. Heart disease claims the lives of 1 in 3 American women, and as the leading cause of death in the country, heart disease prevention should be … Continue reading Here are 8 ways to lower your risk of heart disease—and some of them are actually pretty fun

This Personality Trait Is More Prone To Disease, Study Says

January 27, 2019 at 08:00PM If you’ve ever been told to keep a positive mantra in your back pocket, now may be the time to revisit it. Thinking positively may have way more impact on our health than we thought. Thanks to a new study, researchers have linked positive personality traits with reduced risk of … Continue reading This Personality Trait Is More Prone To Disease, Study Says

Wait, should we all be using reef-safe sunscreen?

August 17, 2019 at 10:00AM by CWC Nearly 10 million people visit Hawaiʻi each year, and despite the enduring cliché of the sunburned tourist, the majority of travelers wear sunscreen at some point. But as people have been protecting their skin, they’ve inadvertently been damaging one of the islands’ most valuable assets: its coral reefs. … Continue reading Wait, should we all be using reef-safe sunscreen?

6 types of insomnia exist, and each responds to a different kind of treatment

August 16, 2019 at 03:00PM by CWC “Insomnia” is one of those buzzwords with which most of us wish we were way less acquainted. But alas, the persistent problem with sleeping that keeps us from falling and staying amid our dreams affects an estimated 50 percent of us. A lesser-known fact, though, is that the … Continue reading 6 types of insomnia exist, and each responds to a different kind of treatment

A version of 911 specifically for mental health crises could be coming soon

August 16, 2019 at 06:53AM by CWC Suicide is a huge problem in the United States—the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that suicide rates have increased by 30 percent since 1999, and rates of suicide among women and girls in particular are rising faster than those of men and boys. While the … Continue reading A version of 911 specifically for mental health crises could be coming soon

6 things I wish I’d known before freezing my eggs

August 15, 2019 at 05:00AM by CWC I’d written about egg freezing pretty extensively for multiple outlets—including Well+Good—before I decided to give it a go. For this reason, I thought I knew what to expect of the process: lots of shots, of course, and some sticker shock (to the tune of $15,000). I wasn’t even … Continue reading 6 things I wish I’d known before freezing my eggs