Real Women, Real Stories
We’re proud to be a trusted voice in women’s healthcare, and even prouder that so many women trust us to share their stories with the world. We’re dedicated to making sure women from every walk of life are heard, and our Ready, Healthy & Able program is just one example of that commitment to furthering women’s health.
That’s why we’d love for you to tell your story, too. Real Women, Real Stories are short essays that document your unique health journey. And don’t worry, you’ll be interviewed by a professional writer who will tell your story with care — and you can always remain anonymous if needed.
Have a story you want to share? Please fill out our story submission form to contribute!
Advocating for myself finally got me the baby I was trying for
I had to leave the military healthcare system to finally be taken seriously
There’s so much support available to women in the military. I wish I’d sought out help sooner.
By the time I was diagnosed, I had stage 4 cancer
Having my period when I was a soldier was tough — so we got creative about it.
Military fitness training triggered my severe irritable bowel syndrome — and I was arrested because of it
At My Army Aviation Battalion in Germany, My Health and Safety Were Under Constant Threat … from My Own Squad
I was sexually assaulted and harassed in the Army. Then, the ovarian health problems began. I’m still paying with my mental and physical health.
Focusing on self-care and self-love helped me rebuild my identity
Postpartum depression and a lack of breastfeeding support drove me out of the Army
I’m dedicated to spreading awareness about Lynch syndrome and encourage others to get genetically tested for it
I had to go septic before doctors paid attention
The root of the problem? A lack of care for women’s health issues.
As Chinese immigrants, my parents taught me their cultural values of hard work and overcoming challenges through helping yourself — but when the challenge is mental health, that approach doesn’t work.
Managing your health with HIV is hard enough, but facing the stigma of HIV makes it even harder
My cancer diagnosis led me to appreciate the little things — and learn to dance