Office on Women's Health Blog

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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Neesha Arter

An Interview About Sexual Assault: Neesha Arter

It's your body. You have the right to decide what you do and don't do sexually. When someone takes that power away from you, it is a crime. And no matter the circumstances, it is not your fault. It took Neesha Arter years to finally accept that what happened to her on New Year's Eve when she was 14 was not her fault. That night, she was sexually assaulted by two boys she knew and trusted. Now, at 23, she's speaking out about her experience. She talks about helping other young women realize they're not alone and that what happened to them isn't their fault.

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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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Markella Prather

An Interview About Alcohol Abuse: Markella Prather

Many people enjoy a beer or a glass of wine from time to time. But what happens when a woman's drinking starts affecting the rest of her life? Maybe it's causing problems at work or school or in her relationships. She may even have legal or financial problems if she drinks and drives. That was the case for Markella Prather. Like many people with alcohol problems, Markella didn't realize her drinking was out of control. That's why she wants to share her story. She wants to spread the word that drinking problems can affect anyone and that treatment can help you regain control of your life. Markella talks about her choice to quit and what it's like staying sober.

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Judith Henry

An Interview About Caregiving: Judith Henry

For more information about caregiving and stress, please see our fact sheet on Caregiver Stress.

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Rebecca McCoy

An Interview About Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Rebecca McCoy

Rebecca will be the first to tell you that there's no predicting the way life will turn out, especially when your partner develops a mental illness. But living with someone who has a mental illness doesn't mean life can't be fun and fulfilling — it's just different. This is the case for Rebecca and her husband Craig. Craig is a military veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although it affects their lives every day, they're making it work and want others to know they can, too. Read our interview with Rebecca — a spouse and a caregiver — to learn more about living with someone with PTSD.

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