Office on Women's Health Blog

Surviving an Abusive Relationship: Kelly Vrooman

Kelly Vrooman was 15 when her boyfriend started hurting her. The abuse continued for about two years. Kelly talks about feeling ashamed, breaking the silence, and what you can do to help a friend.

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Feminism and My Path to Recovery

Isabella Higgins

I still remember the first time I felt "fat." I was in third grade.

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Larry Minnix

Remembering Rachel

Larry Minnix

When Rachel passed, the funeral had to be held at a bigger chapel than originally planned. The cards and letters were overwhelming.

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Tory Johnson

How ABC's Tory Johnson Became a Healthier Woman

Tory Johnson

It's been three years since the conversation that changed my life. My boss at ABC News told me I needed to "lose weight or lose my job."

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Katie Koestner

Kissing and Hurting

Katie Koestner

My rape changed everything: my relationships, my life goals, and how I viewed the world. The world became a place where trust could be broken.

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Martha Sichone Cameron and her family

Life After an AIDS Diagnosis

Martha Sichone Cameron

I don't think anything can prepare you for the moment when they unveil the piece of paper that contains your fate. Even though the odds seemed to be against me, I was not prepared to be told I had HIV. Turns out, the doctor had worse news: It was actually an AIDS diagnosis and the doctor gave me 3 to 6 months to live.

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An Interview About Living With HIV/AIDS: Maria Mejia

As an ambassador for NWGHAAD, Maria is joining the Office on Women's Health to shed light on the impact HIV/AIDS has on women and girls. She offers support and hope to reduce the stigma, and increase knowledge about HIV/AIDS preventive, care, and treatment. Maria talks about living with HIV/AIDS. 

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That's Why I Call It Crazy Love

Leslie Morgan Steiner

A few weeks before I met the man who physically abused me, I told my roommate I'd never be stupid enough to let a man beat me. I wish I'd known that abusers never hit you on the first date.

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Michelle Whitlock

It Happened To Me

Michelle Whitlock

Just a month before my 27th birthday, my world stopped. It was Christmastime, and most everyone around me was preparing for the holiday festivities; but not me.

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An Interview About Heart Disease: Yaskary Reyes

Due to her unusually strong family history of heart disease, Yaskary Reyes' experience is not typical for most women. However, her story makes a compelling case for being aware of your own personal risk factors for heart disease. Yaskary talks about what women should know about heart disease and how she manages it.

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