Office on Women's Health Blog
Interviews and Spotlights
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.
In 1982, I remember standing on the porch of the Crisis Center in Manhattan, Kan., with my four-year-old son and five-year-old daughter, waiting to meet the domestic violence advocate who answered my call for help to escort us to a local shelter.
Good Morning America's Amy Robach got the shock of her life in November 2013 when she was diagnosed as one of the 1-in-8 women in America who will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetimes. She has confronted her diagnosis of breast cancer by speaking out in support of others facing the disease.
As much as we might want to deny it, we know that aging is a natural part of life. But aging doesn't have to mean poor health or a loss of independence. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you stay active, healthy, and productive! And it's never too late to start taking steps to improve your wellbeing. Just ask Marine Wong. After her granddaughter was born, Marine decided she wanted to be healthier. Read our interview with Marine to learn her tips for healthy aging.
Breastfeeding mothers need support from employers to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. Pumping at work allows moms to give their best to their baby without jeopardizing their jobs. Businesses benefit, too: Breastfed babies are healthier, meaning lower health care costs for employers and fewer days out for moms. Allowing pumping at work also decreases turnover rates and increases employee productivity and loyalty. This was true for Rebecca Flores, a mother of two. Unable to breastfeed her first child for very long, she knew she wanted to prioritize breastfeeding with her second child. To succeed, she'd need to pump at work, but as an hourly worker in a department store, she wasn't sure about her options. Thanks to the federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers law, Rebecca's employer was required to provide time and a place, other than a bathroom, for her to pump. Read our interview with Rebecca to learn how her employer met her needs, enabling Rebecca to continue breastfeeding her child after going back to work.
Stefania Fochi works with heavy machinery every day at her family's empanada and pasta business. Having almost caught her hand in a 2,000-pound kneader and without health insurance, she's had to ask herself — more than once — "If I had to go to the emergency room, what would I do?"
Why is health insurance important? It protects you from paying a lot if you get sick or hurt. Plus, most private plans cover preventive services that help you stay healthy in the long run, like annual checkups and blood pressure screenings — all at no extra cost to you. Stefania Fochi wanted insurance for her peace of mind. She lived without insurance for four years and was nervous every day that she worked with heavy machinery in her family's business. What if something happened? Would getting sick or injured bankrupt her or her family? That's why she signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read our interview with Stefania to learn how the Marketplace not only helped her find coverage that fits her needs and budget, but allowed her to follow her dreams.
Being with someone who is struggling with depression is never easy. Anne Wheaton watched her husband, Wil Wheaton, experience anger, self-doubt, sadness, and hopelessness for three years. He didn't know the cause of these feelings, but they inevitably affected his relationship with Anne.
Studies have found that depression is more common in women than men. But we don't know whether depression is really less common in men. It may be that men experience depression differently than women and are less likely to recognize and seek help for depression. Men are more likely to feel empty, physically tired, and uninterested in things they used to enjoy. They also may become frustrated, irritable, discouraged, and angry. Because these symptoms are not what we commonly think of as "depression," men may not always get help when they need it. For three years, Anne Wheaton watched her husband, Wil Wheaton, struggle with anger, self-doubt, sadness, and hopelessness. He didn't know why he was experiencing these feelings — feelings that affected not only his life, but Anne's, too. For Men's Health Month, read on to learn how Anne's husband's depression affected their relationship and why he decided to get help.
Together, Annie, Stephanie, and Windsor founded Her Campus, an online community for college women, with information on love, life, careers, and — of course — health. Read their interview to learn why they feel it's important to speak up about women's health. Plus, get their tips for leading healthy lives.