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    How I Changed My Skincare After a Melanoma Scare

    My Skin Biopsy: For starters, the mole in question whom I named Donald after someone else I’d love to see unceremoniously removed, was that it looked nothing like the ABCDE example moles on WebMD. It was a flat dot on my right thigh that looked I’d accidentally poked myself with an uncapped crayola marker. I’d had it since birth, proven by my baby photos, but had faded in adulthood. It looked different since I once dropped a boom mic on it while wearing shorts and scraped it. Lengthy backstory notwithstanding, my dermatologist looked at the birthmark under a microscope and thought it looked “pretty suspicious”. Less than 10 minutes later,…

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    10 Things to Get to Kick Off Your Wellness Journey

    The main reason I used to buy these health focused magazines during my weight loss was because I was seeking the plans, the recipes, and the research about how to feel good, look good, and be happy. I believed that just reading about nutrition and exercise would make me as bright and vibrant as the pages themselves. – Andie Mitchell What to Get to Get Started At its core, weight loss that’s rooted in wellness consists of eating better and moving more. I know you know that. If nothing else, as Andie Mitchell wrote, there’s a barrage of information every day on how to do that in some way, shape…

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    My Weight Loss Story

    Real talk: At least once a month, I get asked about how I lost over 50 lbs since graduating from college and I never quite know how to answer it. I wish there was a clear-cut answer like “I ate 1500 calories, never any nightshades, also I pray the Lord’s Prayer and sing a Cardi B song to my quinoa. Also, unicycling.” Anyway, I’d gained 20+ lbs between my sophomore and junior year but nothing about my habits had changed. Later I learned that I had a hormonal imbalance. That being said, I continued to pack on the pounds after getting out of an abusive relationship; I’d comfort myself with…

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    A Hair-Raising Tale: My Journey with Alopecia

    I wish my alopecia story was more exciting, more of an Eat, Pray, Love kind of deal just with more hair products. It’s more about me yelling at my hair brush like Regina George did in Mean Girls when she realized she was eating Kalteen bars. It took me 8 years to be brave enough to own up to my hair-raising issues:  Diagnosis: I noticed that my previously frizzy hair was starting to, well, not be quite so Hermione-esque. A hair stylist pointed out that my hair was thinning at the ripe old age of 21. I did what every college girl would do hearing that news: had a breakdown…