This Monday marked the start of National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), an initiative started in 1989 by RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, and what is now the largest public awareness campaign that addresses the public health issue of infertility.  Although...
Menopause.  A lovely stage of life when our bodies glitch, overheat, transform, and rebel. It's not all a struggle. After all, those pesky periods we've been dealing with since puberty finally stop ... But it's a time to get to know ourselves...
One of the most common surgeries in children is a tonsillectomy in which the child’s tonsils are surgically removed. Adenoids can be surgically removed or ear tubes can be surgically placed at the same time the tonsillectomy is performed....
March is National Trisomy Awareness Month. Since becoming a mom, I often wonder what it must have felt like for my mom to hear and feel that pause. The pause at the ultrasound when they realized something wasn’t right. I...
My beautiful mother had just turned 46 years old when she passed away from colon cancer on September 27, 2011. I was 22 years old. She was my best friend, and the bravest person I've ever known. Given a...
Have you ever felt like you're on edge over the tiniest things or like you're not quite yourself because of intense anxiety? You're not alone. I used to brush off these feelings, attributing them to everyday stress or the ups...
“How long have you been dealing with the severe constipation and the skid marks in your underwear?”  The boy before me looked up with a mixture of exasperation and defeat.  “My entire life,” he said.  He was 18 years old.  This young man...
“We all have the same 24 hours in a day. There’s no excuse not to work out.” I remember scrolling social media as a brand new mom with my baby in my arms and thinking WHAT?!  I’m exclusively nursing a...
Whether you are a mom-to-be, new mom, or veteran mom, you have probably heard about the bowl of muscles at the bottom of our pelvis called the pelvic floor muscles. Unfortunately, much of what you have heard may be...

My Journey with Anxiety

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I had a panic attack last night. I felt it brewing all day. My chest was heavy from the moment I woke up and grew tighter and tighter as the day went on. My heart raced. I felt shaky. My...

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Eating Through the STL Top 100 – 2024 Edition

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If you’ve read my food lists from the past couple of years, you will know that I wait in anticipation every April for the...