I Recovered From Anorexia in My 20s, but I’m Still Coping With the Damage to My Bones at 50

  • Posted on: 30 March 2019
  • By: helen
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I’m 50 now, and I have osteopenia, which is low bone density that’s less severe than osteoporosis. I have it because I had an eating disorder starting when I was a teenager, for about ten years.
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I’m 50 now, and I have osteopenia, which is low bone density that’s less severe than osteoporosis. I have it because I had an eating disorder starting when I was a teenager, for about ten years.

By Kathy S. 

When I was 15 years old, from an outsider’s perspective, I was a typical teenager. I was on the pom pom squad, had a little group of friends, and I dealt with normal adolescent issues, including weight gain that can occur during puberty. Normal adolescent weight gain became a big deal to me. I decided I was going to lose weight, but for me that did not mean going on diet and focusing on exercise. For me, that meant severely restricting my food intake.. 

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Why I’m Talking About My Chronic Pain and Why You Should Too

  • Posted on: 22 February 2019
  • By: helen
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I’m often afraid to talk about my struggles with chronic pain. This would mean ripping up the mask––that brave face that I have worked so hard to maintain. My hope is that if I am true and open about my experiences more, a few people might feel less alone
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I’m often afraid to talk about my struggles with chronic pain. This would mean ripping up the mask––that brave face that I have worked so hard to maintain. My hope is that if I am true and open about my experiences more, a few people might feel less alone.

By Ashley Drake

This post is part of HealthyWomens Real Women, Real Stories series.

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How I Discovered Gratitude While Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Posted on: 18 January 2019
  • By: helen
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When you think about life with inflammatory bowel disease, are you able to think beyond the pain and suffering and feel grateful?
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When you think about life with inflammatory bowel disease, are you able to think beyond the pain and suffering and feel grateful?

Natalie Hayden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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How to Keep Evolving Personally and Positively After 60

  • Posted on: 4 January 2019
  • By: helen
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As we grow older, it's important to keep evolving personally and positively—to move forward in a positive way and to practice self-care along the way.
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As we grow older, it's important to keep evolving personally and positively—to move forward in a positive way and to practice self-care along the way.

As I welcome 2019, I'm getting ready for my birthday. It's not a special birthday this year. No bells and whistles like last year and entered the next big chapter. Now it's time to keep evolving personally and positively after 60. 

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Why Don't Women Want to Talk About Menopause?

  • Posted on: 12 October 2018
  • By: helen
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A recent AARP survey showed that a surprising number of women never discuss their menopausal symptoms with their health care provider. Here's why you should talk about them.
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A recent AARP survey showed that a surprising number of women never discuss their menopausal symptoms with their health care provider. Here's why you should talk about them.

When I read about the in last month's agazineI was surprised to find out that 42 percent of the more than 400 women between the ages of 50 and 59 who participated in the survey say they've never discussed menopause with a health care provider.

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Love, Gilda Will Make You Smile

  • Posted on: 29 September 2018
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The documentary Love, Gilda will make you laugh and cry as your hear about the life and career of actress and comic Gilda Radner.
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The documentary Love, Gilda will make you laugh and cry as your hear about the life and career of actress and comic Gilda Radner.

I smiled as I listened to the many fond interviews in Love, Gilda, a documentary detailing the life and career of beloved actress and comic Gilda Radner. Interviews featured some of Radner's fellow Saturday Night Live cast and crew including: actors Chevy Chase and Laraine Newman, band member Paul Shaffer, creator and producer Lorne Michaels, and writer Alan Zweibel, as well as Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz, Second City comedy club CEO Andrew Alexander, and longtime friend Martin Short. 

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Great Reads and New Novels at the 2018 Book Expo

  • Posted on: 10 August 2018
  • By: helen
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Annual New York BookExpo offers a preview of new novels and memoirs from your favorite authors and celebrities to look for in the coming months.
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Annual New York BookExpo offers a preview of new novels and memoirs from your favorite authors and celebrities to look for in the coming months.

I love to stroll the aisles and see what's trending at  (BEA), where publishers introduce their new novels, memoirs, cookbooks and nonfiction titles. 

It was held in May at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. , a similar show open to the public, is the weekend after BEA in the same venue and features entertaining programs with authors.

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Overcoming the Fear of Having Another Baby After Postpartum Depression

  • Posted on: 29 July 2018
  • By: helen
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I watched other new moms bonding with their infants saying it was the best thing that ever happened to them. To me it felt like the worst. But that’s now how my story ends.
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I watched other new moms bonding with their infants saying it was the best thing that ever happened to them. To me it felt like the worst. But that’s now how my story ends.

16 months after my son Max was born, I felt like I was finally in the clear from my diagnosis of severe (PPD) and anxiety. It had taken months for me to seek treatment and months to get better, but I was finally enjoying the little guy. I remember the 16 month mark because I attended a Local , finally feeling strong enough to be around other women’s pain.

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Wellness Travel: My Relaxing Visit to Le Monastère Des Augustines

  • Posted on: 13 July 2018
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If you like wellness travel, plan a visit to this 17th-century monastery for the Augustine Sisters in Quebec City, Canada.
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If you like wellness travel, plan a visit to this 17th-century monastery for the Augustine Sisters in Quebec City, Canada.

If you like " you'll want to book a personal or girls' getaway to, located in the historic wings of the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec monastery. I had an opportunity to visit this 17th-century cloister during the 2018 in Quebec City this spring. 

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8 Ways to Make Healthy Eating Work for You

  • Posted on: 29 June 2018
  • By: helen
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These 8 tips can help you transform healthy foods you like into delicious meals. Once you start experimenting to make healthy eating work for you, you’ll be surprised at how much your palate changes, too!
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These 8 tips can help you transform healthy foods you like into delicious meals. Once you start experimenting to make healthy eating work for you, you’ll be surprised at how much your palate changes, too!

By Trinity Perkins 

Eating healthy might seem easier said than done if you’re a really picky eater. It’s even more challenging if you don’t know how to spruce up the handful of foods you actually like. Before you give up and reach for junk food, make a list of your favorite healthy foods. 

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