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Life Her Story

I never thought I would take my period for granted. I didn’t think that at 21, I’d be going through hormone-induced menopause. I couldn’t have expected that I’d spend most of 2012 bleeding continuously and ruining countless pairs of underwear, anything white, my mattress and even a couch. The story of my college experience is much different than the one I thought I would write one day. I never would have expected that I’d be writing a much different story, a story with no ending, a story I still write today. In late August of 2011, while my friends were planning end-of-summer beach trips and...
When my friend invited me to go tanning one evening, I immediately told her I would join. I had only been once before, and I had had an overall positive experience. After all, who doesn’t want to have a little glow for formal pictures?   The local tanning salon is about a 10-minute drive from my campus. It has relatively inexpensive prices, ranging from $7 to $16, with your choice of the higher- or lower-voltage bed. With my fair, Swedish skin, I chose the lighter-voltage bed, rubbed lotion all over my body and lay down in my bikini for a relaxing seven minutes. As soon as it was over, my...
I spent Thanksgiving of my sophomore year lying in my dorm room bed, too sick to move. Nauseous and lightheaded, I rolled around in my bed, shifting from one side to the other in a desperate attempt to sleep. I was still hungry since I had only managed to eat a few bites of a Thanksgiving dinner before the nausea had hit, forcing me to run to my room and shut myself in. One day later, my body would start reacting the same way to liquids, even if it was just water. Give it a few days, and I would suddenly start to feel nauseous in class, out on the street, at parties, everywhere. The nausea...