Anemia Update

When I was home last month, I (of course) went into a Sephora. I had to see the motherland of makeup; it had been so long. Usually, I’m happy to just visit, look around, swatch some things, and bask in the glow of all the beautiful products. But not this time. This time I had […]

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My IUD Removal Experience

Before I get into this story – that I think is very funny – allow me to offer these two brief disclaimers: Just because I got my IUD removed, does not mean we are trying to have children at the moment. It was five years old and needed to come out. If you have opinions […]

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Donating Blood in a Foreign Country

I’m a blood donor. I have been since I turned 18 and was legally allowed to donate in the state of Wisconsin. I went as often as I could. It was something my mom taught me wasn’t scary, took hardly any time, and was a small way I could contribute to society. On a personal, […]

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Drinking in Diplomacy

I’m not a big drinker. I honestly don’t like the taste of most alcohol. I hardly drank in college – relatively speaking. I think I can count the number of times I’ve been truly drunk on one hand. I’ve never made it my mission to get drunk. I’ve never wanted to get out of control […]

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Dear Body: A Love Letter to Myself

Dear Body, It’s me. Your conscious mind. I know you and I have not seen eye-to-eye hardly at all for the past 15 years. And I want to say I’m sorry. I remember the first time I felt fat. I was in sixth grade. I don’t know exactly why I started feeling insecure in you […]

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Life’s a Zoo

We have five animals. Yes, you read that right for anyone who doesn’t actually know us. Two cats and three dogs. It’s an excessive number, I know, but this is what happens when you bring a bleeding heart to Central Asia and sick puppies turn up at your doorstep. They are all relatively young, and […]

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“Surprise!” I’m Anemic

Last week Friday I went in for my pre-PCS physical. Now, I’m a fairly healthy adult human. I exercise regularly, eat relatively healthy, don’t smoke, don’t drink in excess – I’m boring – so I was feel pretty confident in my ability to pass my various blood tests with flying colors. I even joked with […]

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