Office on Women's Health Blog

Nicole Greene and Iwona

Losing Iwona

Nicole Greene

Iwona was supposed to be in surgery that day to remove a large fibroid. But while she was getting prepped for surgery, the news came: She had stage 4 uterine cancer.

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Earnest and Sharon Evans

Our #GetCovered Story: Insurance Let Us Get Through a Health Crisis Together

Earnest Evans, Sharon Evans

In July 2013, my wife Sharon was diagnosed with both lung and breast cancer. My immediate thought was that I would need to resign from my job as a vice president for sales of an education company in order to become a full-time caregiver.

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Best Bones Forever!

Ann Abercrombie

Who knew building strong bones could be so much fun?

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Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Share Your Story and Help Make a Difference

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

It takes courage to share a personal story, but they often are the most powerful. They inspire us, stick with us, and change the way we think about the world. Personal stories also remind us that we are not alone.

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Family Health History, a Priceless Gift to You and Your Family

Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak

Why is it important to discuss your family's health history? Diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your healthcare practitioner predict your risk for specific diseases and make vital screening and treatment decisions before any disease is evident.

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Women using a computer

Time to Get Covered

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

The last thing anyone should have to worry about is health coverage and how they will find a plan that fits their needs and budget. Luckily, you don't have to — Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2015 starts today!

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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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Let's Commit To Ending Domestic Violence

Doris Matsui

One out of every three women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime. This is unacceptable, and we as a nation must do better. We can start by bringing the conversation out of the shadows. We must erase the stigma associated with domestic violence. That is why national Domestic Violence Awareness Month is so important.

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Domestic Violence: A Provider Perspective

Dr. Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Sarah Linde

Identifying current or past abusive and traumatic experiences can help prevent further abuse, lessen disability, and lead to improved health status. Because health care providers are often trusted resources in their communities, they are in a unique position to connect individuals who experience IPV with supportive local services — as HRSA's Chief Public Health Officer (and family physician) RADM Sarah Linde knows all too well.

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Woman holding her head, being comforted.

Shining Light on Violence Against Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

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