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May 15, 2018
Julianne Hough

It’s National Women’s Health Week — a very important observance! The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority, and I want to do my part by sharing why now is the time for women to take steps to improve their health and also raise awareness about a cause close to my heart: endometriosis.

If I could tell women what I wished I’d known, it would be: Don’t make the same mistakes I did! Debilitating pain is not normal.

June 22, 2017
Dana Parish

Dana ParishA July 2014 wedding on Long Beach Island, N.J., was the start of my nightmare.

It was a beautiful weekend filled with love for two of our dearest friends, who were, after 14 years together, finally legally able to marry. There was lobster and champagne and a crazy Gordon Gekko-style house on the beach. I sang a few songs, made a toast, and cried happy tears.

April 27, 2017
Gessie Thompson

Gessie ThompsonOur miracle baby Nia was once the tear streaming down her daddy's face as he sat alone in his car waiting for my D&C (dilation and curettage), a procedure that removed the remains of the sibling Nia will never know. She was once the words my pain-consumed heart uttered as I rocked on my knees asking for a miracle.

December 22, 2016
Jennifer Bishop-Crawford

It's holiday time, and life seems busier than ever. I'm working through my seemingly ever-growing list of gifts to buy, events to attend, and things to wrap up before the end of the year. In the midst of all this activity, it's during the quiet times that I recognize there is a void. My void has a name — it's Erskine Hallam Bishop. It's the name of a brilliant man with a winsome smile. He was stern, dedicated, and loving in his own special way.

October 20, 2016
Candace Marshall Humphrey

Our beautiful baby boy was born at 24 weeks. When my doctor said that he was out, I held my breath, waiting and praying to hear him cry. When he took his breath, I released mine. He was immediately rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Shortly after I returned to my room, one of the nurses came in and asked me for my cell phone. She took it and returned with pictures and a video. That video was the first time that I saw my son.

July 14, 2016
Nicole Greene

On Easter Sunday 2007, I woke up unable to move from the neck down. It sounds scary now, but I wasn't scared at the time. I just thought I was getting sick, which had become increasingly common for me and meant being really sick. Little did I know how sick I was.

July 4, 2016
Elizabeth (Ebbie) Stewart

Heavy menstrual bleeding. Painful periods. Fatigue from anemia. Never wearing white (ever). Spending hundreds of dollars a year on tampons and pads because you have to wear both. These are just a few examples of what it's like to live with uterine fibroids, a topic nobody wants to talk about. Uterine fibroids are very common non-cancerous tumors that develop in the muscle of the uterus that can change the quality of your life.

April 28, 2016
Padma Lakshmi

Padma LakshmiI remember waking up on the morning of my 13th birthday with an unexpected birthday present — my first period. Like many girls, I was unsure of what my period was supposed to feel like, and I was uncomfortable talking about it. Growing up, I had watched my mother struggle with period pain, so I assumed that was normal.

October 15, 2015
Beverly Gooden

Beverly GoodenI sat in the emergency room intake chair and listened as a nurse asked a series of questions about my migraines.

"Can you rate the pain on a scale of one to 10?"


"Can you describe the pain? Is it stinging, throbbing, constant?"


"Are you experiencing domestic violence?"

I paused. "No."

June 8, 2015
Dr. Nancy C. Lee

A woman clutching her stomach in pain"The pain got worse and worse. Eventually it was unbearable… Sex was impossible. I felt exhausted all the time. There were many times when I couldn't get out of bed."

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