Endometriosis 101

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If you have endometriosis, you are not alone. This painful, chronic condition affects as many as 6.3 million women in the U.S. and millions more worldwide, according to the Endometriosis Association. Although birth control medications can help to lessen...
  When I was a kid there were three things that I wanted to do when I grew up. Two of them I really wanted to become: a doctor and a meteorologist. I had the ultimate doctor set-up gifted to...

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I like to think that I can do it all myself. That I can take care of the house, the laundry, the food, the kids, myself, exercise, work, and all of the other things in life and still have...
The opening scene from the musical Wicked is a song called "Thank Goodness" where Galinda the Good Witch is addressing a crowd of her supporters and fans. If you know the score, you know what I'm talking about. She...
Loss can either make or break you; it is what you do with it that decides. It was a Friday evening eight years ago as I checked out at the Mexican restaurant we had frequented during my pregnancy (at least...
“Mommy, Thanksgiving is the day that we get to spend ALL day with all of our family, right?” asked my sweet Oliver James just a few days ago. Our family, like most families, is very busy right now. I’m...
For two years I waited for the word "Pregnant" to flash on the test screen. For two years, all I saw was "Not Pregnant." For two years I longed for another baby to fill another bedroom. For two years,...
Because their 8th birthday is tomorrow, I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce you all to my twin boys, Joshua and Caleb. When Matt and I got married, we started trying for a child right away. We...
"If you put flannel sheets on the bed you have to sleep naked." "Fine. If I have to sleep naked, you have to agree to start trying for another baby." "Ashley, it's not the right time." "Nathan. Unless you're a Trump or...
Some days my ovaries hurt. I would say my uterus also feels empty, but since it was ripped out of me without my prior knowledge almost five years ago, I guess it has no feelings now. (But I am...
It never fails: strangers with only the nicest intentions comment on the HUGE age gap of my children with something like “WOW! You waited a long time!” or “You were almost done, why did you start over?” “Don’t you...
Dear Grieving Mother, You have lost a child, or maybe even children. You may have been 6 weeks pregnant, maybe even 20. Or maybe you delivered a baby that died shortly after. Maybe you lost a 5 year old or maybe...

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A lifetime full of frequent moves has prepared me for this very moment in time: staying connected with friends and loved ones when you...
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