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How a Doctor Grieves When an Eight-Year-Old Suddenly Dies

As a pediatrician at a hospital, I see tons of tragedy but am rarely given a moment to mourn. Taking just a few minutes to honor their lives helps me keep going.

I’m a Fifty-Year-Old Mom. I Just Had Sex in the Back Seat of a Car.

Sometimes acting like a teenage rebel is the only way to feel in control.

How the Intimacy of Massage Helped Me Recover From Childhood Trauma

After I was touched inappropriately as a kid, and then not touched at all for years, the right pair of well-trained hands helped me finally feel comfortable in my own skin.

Why It Feels So Damn Good to Laugh at a Funeral

When my brother died too young, an unexpected dark joke helped my family deal with the grief.