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My Turn: Personal stories by Health section readers

My Turn is a forum in which readers can recount a personal health or fitness experience.

  • Parent of child with Asperger's syndrome learns the power of compassion

    Parent of child with Asperger's syndrome learns the power of compassion

    On a trip to the art museum, my son, my husband and I stopped in the cafeteria for lunch. "I want chicken nuggets," my 11-year-old said. There were no nuggets on the menu, and I braced myself. "Sorry, kiddo, there are no chicken nuggets here." His voice grew louder: "I want chicken nuggets." "Sweetie,...

  • A Weighty Reality Check

    A Weighty Reality Check

    For a compulsive overeater, a lifelong commitment to good health began with the realization that sugar is the enemy. Staying away keeps the binges at bay.

  • Broken ankle, heal so I can wear heels

    Broken ankle, heal so I can wear heels

    Whenever I heard the phrase "broken ankle," I assumed the subsequent events: cast, crutches, cast off, bit of limp, back to normal. I never considered the possibility that the ankle supports the full weight of the body. In short, the anklebone is not only connected, it had better be well-connected....

  • Soft landing after double mastectomy, thanks to her husband

    Soft landing after double mastectomy, thanks to her husband

    Our king-size bed used to be such a symbol of fun for me, and not just for the reason you might think. My husband of 18 years and I would randomly hide silly objects -- tissue boxes, books, even alarm clocks -- on each other's side of the bed, smoothing pillows and blankets to hide the bulge from...

  • The joy of not being employed

    The joy of not being employed

    A former advertising executive finds that being able to do whatever she wants beats being a stress junkie.

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