Karyn Foley goes through life avoiding her own gaze, unhappy with her self image due to body dysmorphic disorder. She has spent years camouflaging her symptoms.
When the cystic fibrosis gene was identified in 1989, a photo of its discoverer gained a spot on a family's refrigerator door. Now there's new promise for a mother to grasp for her now-adult daughter.
Alzheimer's disease brought us together. The illness resulted in a relationship of greater intimacy and closeness than I ever could have imagined. However, when I first met Dorothy I had no idea that she would be responsible for both the happiest and saddest periods of my life.
Faced with a diagnosis of cancer and more than six weeks of radiation, one patient made it through to better days, with her baked creations becoming the icing on the cake.
When panic ensues after news of rising PSA levels, one man decides to get a grip, get better informed about prostate cancer and screening, and live life sensibly.
While in the waiting room before their treatment, the silence is often broken by music, even a dance step or two. It's all good medicine for people thrown together by fate, bonded by hope.
A boyfriend suggested taking an exercise class at Skyline College in San Bruno. Once a person who loathed working out, she now has a 28-year habit.
With a diagnosis of Stage 3B non-small cell lung cancer, a woman's thought's turn to getting ready: for pleasures, routines, and endings.
Autism: Does genetics or environment cause autism? One family who loves their autistic child hopes scientists can figure it out.
When walking in L.A. with her child, hooked up to oxygen and a feeding tube, one mother found that the whispers and stares were too much. But other children often were the ones to break the ice.
Bill Hillman remembers it clearly: "It was 4:05 a.m. on Oct. 29, 2009. I heard my wife, Dianne, say, 'I think I'm having a heart attack.' I opened my eyes and I saw her standing in the bathroom doorway. She grabbed her chest, took one step and collapsed on the bed."
After losing weight and keeping it off on the Atkins diet, it seems odd that researchers don't try to find out why this higher-calorie option appears to be more effective.
"When I attend Sunday services, often my soul is refreshed; balance is restored. I need equilibrium because, ahem, as my daughters will aver, I tend to go a bit overboard on nutritional matters and require intervention."
Faye Woo writes: I completed the Pasadena Marathon six months ago. I am 68 years old, 5 feet tall and have short, chunky legs. A stranger would consider me to be a "little old lady," as in the song, "the little old lady from Pasadena." But looks can be deceiving.
A personal trainer sees the children of his clients flirting with the habits that lead to obesity and diabetes. "We discussed changing their main meals, one step at a time."
My husband, whose idea of a nutritious lunch is grilled cheese, chips and candy, has experienced a conversion: He is swallowing large green smoothies for his midday meal.
At age 58, I became William's personal-training slave. He showed up punctually with a notebook, timer, Fat-O-Meter and a big smile. Whatever he said, I did — no questions, no complaints, no excuses.
As human beings, we seem unable to accept final diagnoses about our health. We have to find someone or something to blame. But finding a reason wouldn't change my diagnosis of infertility. And so, for the sake of my continued health and sanity, I had to let it go.
My father's confusion was the consequence of his battle with Alzheimer's disease. One day he recognized me, the next, maybe not. Though my brain could process that, my heart could not.
After a series of tests and misdiagnosises, he discovered his symptoms of weakness and nausea were caused by allergic reactions to cow’s milk, wheat and other foods.