Office on Women's Health Blog
Interviews and Spotlights
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.
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.
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?"