No, Your Pre-Existing Condition Isn’t Your Fault

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By Catherine Miele

Once again, the majority Republican Congress is pushing the American Health Care Act – healthcare overhaul, although overhaul is too gentle a word – approval. Last week, the House passed the AHCA with a 1-point margin.

The bill still has to pass the Senate and will likely (hopefully) undergo many changes, but that doesn’t mean some lawmakers weren’t celebrating their promise to decimate healthcare as we know it. Continue reading

Shining A Crucial Light On Cervical Health Awareness

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By Cece Flores

With January coming to a close, you may have seen some stuff about Cervical Health Awareness Month. This is a topic that I think could use a larger spotlight, in part because I was hit with this awareness at a point where it was kind of too late.

I feel like we don’t receive enough (or proper) education about our reproductive health growing up, whether that be at home or at school. In many cases that leads to a lot of us making less informed and potentially dangerous decisions with our bodies. Finding myself in the same boat as a large number of people, but feeling like I was about to fall overboard and drown due to the near radio silence on the topic, made me extremely anxious for months. This was not a thing I could find a way to talk openly about without receiving some perhaps well meaning but overly critical feedback. That made it feel so much worse. Continue reading

Mental Health And Our Vets: A Conversation That Needs To Happen

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By Kristina Leigh

Since 1949, May has been observed as America’s National Mental Health Awareness Month. As our world becomes more intertwined yet somehow still fractured, populations grow alongside income disparity and poverty, and many of the world powers, including America, are drawn into protracted wars that demand a heavy military presence, mental health issues affect more and more people each day. One group that is severely affected is our returning veterans.  Continue reading