"If you do not take the antibiotics, you will die," the doctor proclaimed from the foot of my hospital bed. [spacer height="10px"] A lineup of physicians—a urologist, an internist, a cardiologist, and a neurologist—and countless nurses were parading in and out of my hospital room over a 10-day period. I had CT scans, a spinal tap, an MRI, and a visit from the rapid response team. I had IVs in my arms and was practically buckled to...

In August 2008, 9 months after my sister killed herself, I walked into a tiny home in Huntington Woods, Michigan with a bag of clothes, my computer, my handmade journal, and my cat Koh in hand.Linda's home, what we called "The Yellow House", was a 30-minute drive from my parents'.  Just far enough away to feel like I could catch my breath and hide for the time being. Linda was like a second mother to...

On the About page of my website, I list all the publications for which I have written. Included in that list are Thought Catalog, Elephant Journal, and MindBodyGreen—all relatively well-known online publications. They have an arsenal of contributing writers who inspire millions of readers daily. We pitch, we write, we edit, and we promote those articles all over our social media accounts. And we do so for free. We do so because that's "just what...

We all have insecurities. Things that make us want to hide, things we fear others seeing, things we hate about ourselves. [spacer height="20px"] For me, it's often my skin. My skin kinda sucks. It always has.As a kid, my parents would rush me to the hospital when I'd have a major eczema flare up. To date, I've had at least 5 steroid shots. A rash will appear and then within a day or so quickly cover my...

I understand why The Glass Castle was so vital to Jeannette Walls’ childhood psyche, because my three older sisters and I had our own version of it—The Gunni Cabin.For Jeanette and her siblings, it symbolized survival and promise.For us, it represented a return to innocence.My eldest sister, Miya, was the innovator. She envisioned an enormous home built out of wood and stone in Gunnison, Colorado, where she lived. With a well-equipped kitchen, cozy living room,...

"That girl is super anorexic!" she proclaims in a whisper in a dark bar. I can feel the judgement excitedly spew from her mouth. The nugget of gossip hanging in the air, as she leaves our table to happily say hello to her childhood friend.I hate that women do this to one another.We point out other women's insecurities and weaknesses, and do so to seemingly strengthen our own self-worth. We preach female empowerment: lift each other...

1 "brand new" copy of Must Girls Love on Amazon is being sold for $2,128.01 8 people have 5-star reviewed Must Girls Love on Amazon 1 person wrote, "One of the best book I've ever read!" 5,652 followers on Instagram 1,444 likes on my Facebook Writer Page 10,000(ish) people reached monthly on Facebook Hotels, restaurants, and fitness studios host me for blog features Brands send me clothes to wear and promote 33,959 totals views on my YouTube channel ...