Empty Fortune Cookie – a poem for National Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. When we, as feminists, talk about reproductive justice, it needs to include the full spectrum of pregnancy and birthing options. And miscarriage, although it happens in about 20% of pregnancies, is still largely veiled in silence and stigma. First and foremost, it is crucial to honor the grief … Continue reading Empty Fortune Cookie – a poem for National Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month

I’d Rather Be at Home (& other reasons I cancelled those plans…)

"I'm so sorry - I'm feeling a little sick." "No, I forgot I made plans already! Rain check?" "Oh, shoot! That was tonight? I completely spaced, and I'm out of town!" For a good many years, I was the master of the elaborate excuse. While I can't say I'm particularly proud of it, I must … Continue reading I’d Rather Be at Home (& other reasons I cancelled those plans…)

I Had to Go Through the Wrong Ones to Be Ready for the Right One

Last weekend, I had dinner with a group of friends from college, and it was wonderful. Dinner, to us, means everybody brings a dish, picks their poison, and gabs for about eight hours straight about everything and nothing. Dinner means there's an extra friend hiding in the basement meant as a surprise for the rest … Continue reading I Had to Go Through the Wrong Ones to Be Ready for the Right One

On Being Flawed, Average, & Lovable Anyway.

Let's see.I have invisible braces that I never wear. I got them because I am self-conscious about my crooked bottom teeth, and of my uppers, which will likely get gnarly because of two teeth I had removed in the last five years. They were removed because of cavities that turned into problems. Those problems happened … Continue reading On Being Flawed, Average, & Lovable Anyway.

Childhood Mental Illness – How to See the Signs

1-in-5 Children in the US are said to have a diagnosable mental illness. More than Half go untreated. When I look back at my childhood, the signs were clearly and overwhelmingly there. By the age of 11, I would regularly isolate myself from my family by hiding away in another room for what felt like … Continue reading Childhood Mental Illness – How to See the Signs

Testing for HPV Can Be Difficult — But Conversations About It Shouldn’t Be

Medically reviewed by Bridget M. Wilson, MSN, RNon March 5, 2019 — Originally written by S. Nicole Lane for Healthline. How we see the world shapes who we choose to be — and sharing compelling experiences can frame the way we treat each other, for the better. This is a powerful perspective. For over five … Continue reading Testing for HPV Can Be Difficult — But Conversations About It Shouldn’t Be

Effects of Sexual Assault Are Source of Severe Health Problems

Originally written by Nicole Lane for Medtruth There are 321,500 sexual assault survivors in the United States. An estimated 50 to 90 percent of them develop PTSD. Other health effects of sexual assault that victims face include depression, high blood pressure, anxiety, kidney disease, aneurysms, and diabetes, among other illnesses. Physical Consequences of Sexual Victimhood A recent … Continue reading Effects of Sexual Assault Are Source of Severe Health Problems

9 Key Women’s Health Signs to Watch

Originally Written by S. Nicole Lane for Medtruth.com It’s common for women’s bodies to change, especially with age. Women may ache, develop stretch marks, become less flexible or begin to feel pain in new places. All of these alterations are common and expected. But sometimes, common changes can indicate a deeper, underlying concern or something … Continue reading 9 Key Women’s Health Signs to Watch

Morning Meditation – 4 Ways to Make it Successful

I once found myself in a conversation with a friend discussing holistic practices to soothe symptoms of mental illness. He was interested in approaching his situation with a more holistic approach. Many people in our society would like for you to believe that these practices are bunk science. That's because, yes, some of them are. … Continue reading Morning Meditation – 4 Ways to Make it Successful

Creating Your Own Reality – Learning to Redirect Your Mind

When it comes to treating an unwell mind, one of the greatest powers that we hold is the ability to redirect our thoughts and behavior. This is not a gift that comes naturally to many of us with mental illness. We have to train our minds to correct themselves when we start having unhealthy thoughts. … Continue reading Creating Your Own Reality – Learning to Redirect Your Mind