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My journey to be the captain of my life

It all started with an amazing decision. We should get pregnant! Saying we are having a baby is not an easy quick decision you take alone, like preparing a cake, watching a movie or cleaning up your garden, at least not for us. We made this decision together, united.
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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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One race, one life

15 years ago I started to participate in races just because I enjoyed running, feeling the adrenaline of putting on a race number on a Sunday was already a challenge for me, as the months passed the distance grew, 10 km, 21 km, the first Marathon... my running times were[...]
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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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down syndrome

My son with down syndrome came into my life to save me

My name is Luis Chiva de Agustín, I am a gynecologist, with a family of 7 children, and this is our story. In February 2010, my wife, María, received an email mentioning that a foreign child had been left in the hospital at birth for having Down Syndrome, and they[...]
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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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How I made my dream a reality

My story begins with a dream, I guess like all stories; my dream was to live in a quiet place, near the sea, with a warm climate, healthy, without debt and without worrying about work, not much! I lived in Madrid and as it was logical to think for a[...]
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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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What I learned about grief

4 years ago, I lost my husband. He died suddenly at a young age. I also lost both my parents. I’ve learned a few things about grief along the way and wanted to share in the hope that it may be of some help to others.
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