When Thyroid Disease Is Difficult to Diagnose

When Thyroid Disease Is Difficult to Diagnose

I am sitting on the edge of an exam table, a little giddy because I believe I have found an endocrinologist who will diagnose and treat me for the chronic fatigue, 30-pound weight gain, excruciating migraines, and other symptoms that have been holding me hostage in my own body for years. Seconds later I am weeping, face in my dripping…

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Breast Cancer Awareness and Support

Breast Cancer Awareness and Support

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the annual international campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to heighten awareness of the disease and raise funds for research. For me, as for many of you, this is personal, because several friends and family members I love have been affected. The women in my life who have been diagnosed with breast cancer…

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'All I Want Is a Plate of Pasta'

'All I Want Is a Plate of Pasta'

I am empty. A hole as big as the moon inside of me. Bottomless, so I cannot fill it. Nothing in my realm of experience offers knowledge of how to replenish the void that swallowed my soul. I hurt. Each new injury either self-inflicted or by another—emotional or physical—stretches and extends the cavity. Like the tearing of skin and muscle…

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Plant-Based Diets and Cancer

Plant-Based Diets and Cancer

When people learn that I have cancer, they usually stammer, sputter, turn pale, and back away. When people learn that I am a vegan? They get mad. The other day I had a phone conversation with a woman who organizes an annual spa day for women with cancer. She told me that a speaker a few years ago said that…

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20 Breaths of Fresh Air

20 Breaths of Fresh Air

If you’ve been visiting Rewire Me regularly, you know we’ve been focusing on stress this month. As it happens, I’ve had a very busy month, filled with hosting a dinner party for 30 people and a workshop for 15, along with the responsibilities of my job, being a mom, and the usual household upkeep. Drawing from the articles we’ve been…

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