breast cancer

I am grateful for my breast cancer

It was the day after my son’s fourth birthday when I felt the lump in my left breast. The sensation was similar to what a clogged milk duct feels like and I knew I needed to call my OB GYN.  Less than two months prior, I lost a precious baby[...]
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pap smear

Don´t wait to get your annual Pap smear

It was July 2001, I was a contestant in the Mrs. Florida Pageant. At 36-year-old, I was in the best shape of my life. (Or so I thought.) With the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the competition, starting a new business, and being a busy wife, I wasn't[...]
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I broke away from my beliefs to free myself from depression

I remember that I was totally lost and defeated, suffering a deep depression from which I hoped that someone would take me out. Neither psychologists or psychiatrists helped me break down that wall that stood between my mind and heart, preventing me from being aware of how to get out[...]
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Cancer made me fully embrace myself

A cancer diagnosis is far-reaching ,mentally, emotionally, and physically. It is the kind of news that provokes an internal earthquake, having you feel all its seismic waves propagating in all directions. And just like that, in a blink of an eye, nothing is the same anymore. It was November 2020,[...]
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My mother committed suicide

I live in a daily nightmare that I cannot get out of since my mother decided to end her life by jumping from the sixth floor of the apartment where she lived. Her departure is unjust and her death was perfectly avoidable. Like the 10 people who today, statistically, are[...]
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How I overcame depression

My name is Cristina Amor Bodega, Dr. in Biology and a naturopathic therapist. You can deduce that I am a lover of nature and everything I can do with my own hands. I want to share with you what led me to have depression and how I was able to[...]
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Burnout lead me to start a new life

I always believed that I was invincible and that depression, collapse wouldn’t go through me. My aunts, my mother, those “desperate housewives” had all gone down. All that cannot go through me, I studied, I fought for a great job, I played sports more than measure, I have two wonderful[...]
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I was born with cancer (ERMS)

I was born with cancer (Embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, ERMS). It was detected when I was three years old, and by the time they found it, it had grown so much that the doctors said that I would not survive. My father committed suicide when he found out. 
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Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Hodgkin's Lymphoma after 3 years of being misdiagnosed

Cancer is a scary word. It's a word that you'll never really understand until it happens to you. You never think it will happen to you though, until it does. In 2016, I was diagnosed with Stage 4B Hodgkin's lymphoma after 3 years of going misdiagnosed. I was forced to[...]
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