What it takes to fuel relationships and tether hearts

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I was raised to believe that gays and lesbians are an abomination to god. I was taught that god didn’t like those types of people and they needed to be fixed before god could let them into heaven, let alone love them. I grew up in a middle-class, predominately white environment where sexual orientation, culture, and racism were never discussed.

Letting go of this diabolical thinking was the second best thing I’ve done as an adult. Supporting my lesbian daughters with unconditional love is the first.

When my daughters were born I was still pretty naive about life, love, and…


Go ahead, indulge a little . . . I said, a little

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You’ve got yours, and I’ve got mine.

From trashy TV and junk food to impulse shopping and reading for fun, the guilty pleasure doesn’t have to carry as much guilt as we once thought. Perhaps it’s time to smother the guilty pleasure in a frosting of as you wish.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Sami Schalk an assistant professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said, “A guilty pleasure is something that we enjoy, but we know we’re either not supposed to like, or that liking it says something negative about us.”


Happy Birthday, David Foster Wallace

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David Foster Wallace was an America author of novels, short stories, and essays and a university professor of creative writing. His writing identified and magnified the anxieties and perspectives of his generation as he explored the absurd and melancholic parts of the human soul.

Today, February 21st, David Foster Wallace would have been 59 years old. In honor of one of my favorite short story writers, I’ve written my own version of his short story, The Depressed Person, which appeared in Harper Magazine in January 1998.

The Disturbed Person

The disturbed person was in a ridiculously rigid amount of emotional turmoil. The pain…


The desires of your heart

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February is American Heart Month, a great time to learn about your heart. Remember, heart disease can happen at any age. To review a list of risk factors and discover things you can do now to take control of your heart health, visit Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age.

In this final part of You’ve Got Heart, we’re going to delve deep — straight to the desires of your heart.

What Your Heart Wants

Your heart wants nothing more than to push blood toward every cell in your body day after day after day.

Your heart doesn’t want to have an attack…


These biological zombies love humans

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Viruses have one mission in life: to find a host and replicate. They have their own genes and are capable of multiplying and evolving.

But they don't have cells and can’t convert food into energy, meaning they can’t survive on their own. They’re sort of like zombies . . . biological zombies.

In order to survive and replicate, viruses need to hijack the host’s cells, often causing them to burst and die. That’s why viruses almost always inflict illness when they infect humans. Ouch!

The good news is that we know a lot about viruses: how they wreak havoc and…


Loving your heart

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February is American Heart Month, a great time to learn about your heart. Remember, heart disease can happen at any age. To review a list of risk factors and discover things you can do now to take control of your heart health, visit Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age.

Hearty Beliefs

You’ll most likely live your entire life without ever seeing your own heart up close and personal.

Weighing in at a mere 8 (women) to 10 ounces (men), the heart is often overlooked and taken for granted. What we don’t see, we tend to ignore. …


Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

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As a nurse practitioner — and fellow cancer-person — I’ve been asked more than a few times if the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for cancer patients.

I applaud every cancer-person — whether you are tackling cancer now or have a history of cancer (as I do) — for asking such an important question.

Asking questions, instead of merely doing what your doctor or provider recommends, means you are taking charge of your body and your health.

Good for you! Applause!! High-five!!

What is a Vaccine?

Vaccines are also called vaccinations or immunizations and they help a person’s immune system recognize and protect the body…


Your amazing heart

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February is American Heart Month, a great time to learn about your heart. Remember, heart disease can happen at any age. To review a list of risk factors and discover things you can do now to take control of your heart health, visit Heart Disease: It Can Happen at Any Age.

Your Beating Heart

For a muscle the size of a fist, the heart gets a lot done in a day.

In less than a minute, your heart will supply nuritent-rich blood to every cell in your body.

In a day your heart will beat about 100,000 times shuttling 2,000 gallons of oxygen-saturated…


Join me . . . together we have the answer

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The question of cancer is short . . . why? But it’s also infinite, almost cyclic in nature, with every answer we uncover doing nothing more than leading to the next why, whipping the our heads around in dizzying circles. Like a child on a merry-go-round at the park, cancer’s why whirls and swirls your being, loosening your grip, and throwing you to the ground.

Like this why . . . that drops me head-first into the dirt almost daily.

Why does cancer exist?

And just like the center of…


Help me deflate the power of the “hon”

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Today, after completing a health history and physical exam on a 33-year-old male patient, after discussing the findings with him, and after giving him his paperwork, he replied, “Thanks, Hon,” and walked away.

For the record — my name isn’t Hon and today was the first time I’d met this man.

Throughout my life, I have been called a chick, doll, and babe. I’ve been infantilized with the terms honey, baby, sweetheart, and sweetie more times than I can count. Not even being a nurse practitioner makes me exempt.

Why is throwing…

Julie Nyhus MSN, FNP-BC

Nurse practitioner, health/medical writer, wife, momma, amazing badass rocking 10 years without evidence of cancer! www.nprush.com Twitter @joolzfnp

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