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True Story: I’m A Woman Who Gets “Man Flu”

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As a child, I was sick with relative frequency. I remember returning to third grade after a month off with mono, several pounds lighter, and my skin pale from lack of exposure to sun. As I walked in, all Colin from The Secret Garden, the bitchiest girl in the class announced “You’re, like, always sick.”

It had occurred to me that I was sick more often than my peers. True, my mother had a fairly lenient stay-home-from-school policy, but by the time I was 10, I’d had mono, bronchitis, pneumonia, an ongoing bladder reflux issue and several sinus infections. My sisters are the same way. We’re evolutionarily weak. Whatever.

One might posit that having two orthopedic surgeries and a few viral and bacterial infections would foster some stoicism around unwellness. Well, one would be wrong. Practice, in my case, does not make perfect. When I’m ill, I’m a nightmare. Keep reading »

Study: If You Want To Save Your Marriage, Don’t Get Sick

Bad Winter Cold
The 10 stages of being assaulted by a bad winter cold. Read More »
How To Nurse A Sick Man
Sympathetic cooing goes a long way. Read More »
Being Sick: Best & Worst
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There are actually a few upsides to having a cold, we swear! Read More »
Study: If You Want To Save Your Marriage, Don't Get Sick

In case there weren’t enough findings already being used to perpetuate female insecurity, a University of Michigan study has found that older couples are more likely to divorce when the wife gets sick.

Hoping to learn how heart disease, cancer, stroke and other diseases impact relationships, UMich researchers analyzed data on 2,717 married couples. It appears that every couple in the study was heterosexual, and at least one of the spouses in each marriage was over 50. It was found that 31 percent of the marriages ended in divorce. Even more sobering was the finding that even though the men were more likely to get sick than their wives, the marriages at highest risk for divorce were those in which the female partner fell seriously ill. Keep reading »

9 Beauty Products Specially Made For Cold & Flu Season

When you’re laid up with a winter cold, sinus infection or (aaack) the flu, the last thing on your mind is looking beautiful. But some beauty products will actually help you feel better, no matter how bad your symptoms might be. Stock up on a few of these goodies—– some of which cost just a few bucks — and you’ll be ready to tackle flu season. Or at least shuffle to the nearest CVS to restock your Puffs. 

Woman Battling Breast Cancer Criticized For Tweeting & Blogging About Her Illness

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  • The New York Times’ Bill Keller and his wife Emma Gibley Keller (in the UK’s Guardian — which has since been removed) have criticized a woman named Lisa Bonchek Adam, a blogger who is battling stage IV breast cancer, while questioning the “ethics” of writing about terminal illness and comparing it to “funeral selfies.” The whole thing is so strange. I’m not sure why writing about one’s illness would be unethical. [In These Times, New York Times, Guardian UK]
  • CeCe McDonald has been released from prison! [ColorLines] Keep reading »

“Third Rock From The Sun” Actress Kristen Johnston Is Suffering From Rare Form Of Lupus

  • “Third Rock From The Sun” actress Kristen Johnston opened up that she is suffering from a rare form of lupus, an autoimmune disorder which creates muscle weakness. [Today.comPeople]
  • A transcript of a voicemail left by Prince William to Kate Middleton while they were dating was read in a British court today in a hacking trail for the now-defunct British tabloid News Of The World. The paper is accused of hacking into the voicemails of Kate and Prince Harry and using the information they heard in gossip stories. [CNN]
  • A Marine died in a skydiving accident on a trip to Australia, which his wife won last year on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” So horrible. [US Weekly]
  • Just call Bill Gates “Secret Santa”! [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

The Best/Worst Parts About Being Sick

In Sickness...
...and in health. And essay on caring for someone who's sick. Read More »
Bad Winter Cold
The 10 stages of being assaulted by a bad winter cold. Read More »
How To Nurse A Sick Man
Sympathetic cooing goes a long way. Read More »

If you noticed slightly fewer baby panda-related posts on The Frisky last week, your eyes were not deceiving you. I was out sick, or I guess I should say “in” sick, because all I did was sleep, read Gone Girl, and sleep some more.

Because I’ve been a recluse from society and have no idea what’s going on — apparently Ryan Gosling sells knives on QVC now!?!?— all I have to tell you about today is my observations on the best/worst parts of being sick. Keep reading »

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