My own ‘women’s health’ journey

Years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS at the gynecologist. Never hearing about what the acronym stands for, I assumed the worst: Is it cancerous? Will my hair fall out? Will I ever be able to have children? The thoughts invaded my mind like a kid at a candy store-it was going every possible direction it could go because I was given no solution, just a diagnosis.

Doctors everywhere, unless you have a doctor you trust and see frequently, shrug off PCOS. The acronym stands for: Polycystic ovarian syndrome and it effects more women than you think. The statistics right…

Lessons Learned From A DII Program

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Seasoned veterans, newborns to the running world and intermediate runners all have one thing in common: the desire to improve. It’s the beckon call of your running shoes at the door that may do it for you, others are motivated by personal records or PRs. You may be familiar with PRs solely based on the professional running circuit, but personal records aren’t just for Olympians. In fact, setting one for yourself can be the difference between plateauing and reaching your fastest self in a training run or race.

Running is a unique sport, and it needs to be treated as…

What can you afford? Let’s start there

I’ve always wanted to live there. It’s been on my list for a while now. After living in Orange county for a year, I felt the gravitational pull to migrate back after feeling like Maryland didn’t fit my future vision board. But, L.A. is too expensive, too crowded. I get asked a lot: why I would want to move there in the first place? But, I got a job in Hollywood that offered a raise big enough to afford me a studio or a pool house on a rich family’s estate and I thought, why not?

With two months before…

An autobiographical satire on the pandemic grocery raids

Of the many thoughts we survivors tend to circle back to, I think the most guilty I’ve ever felt is having thoughts about the one object I’d want to buy in bulk after seeing toilet paper fly off the shelves: peanut butter. I am guilty, but revealing this secret to you sounds insensitive and ridiculous, like I’ve overlooked every item that would help me survive in the wild- which they probably wouldn’t. I don’t really have any survival skills, and, personally, I don’t think the Swiss army knife I had in high school would help me survive any less. The…

A 10 -minute quick-write

Source: Me

Blank expression illuminates her presence,

her eyes are full of anger and sadness as she could barely mouth “I love you”, let alone, think it.

Her hands held the delicate dead flowers of past embraces and kisses, that now read like crinkly, wrinkled, but, delicate petals of the present that embraced her worn hands instead.

She placed her fingers on each petals, imagining the times where she felt most alive, in his hands. …


Source: Me

Looking out the window —

that’s me,

the ocean water colored Zumiez knit beanie

Hides bedhead and

The trip home, always different

the old woman sitting in D30 has

Wirey silver hair, like wire hooks connecting an ornament on a Christmas tree ready to hold an an arrangement that comes out once a year,

She reads romance novels and chews her gum loudly.

An Obtuse, collared shirt

Rattles and snores for three hours straight

In the seat in front of me and,

A new, wrinkly, innocent being

Sleeps on mom’s breast

Wakes up as a plea for food or needing…

Burned In Our Memory For All Olympic Eternity

Olympic Ensos is a piece of digital artwork by Julie Niemela which was uploaded on February 11th, 2018.

Who else has heard the announcement that promises Team USA to dazzle in Ralph Lauren once again at the summer Olympic games in Tokyo? Over the years, the brand has been creating Team USA’s Olympic image since 2008, with mixed reviews, some calling Ralph Lauren’s opening ceremony merchandise, “too posh”, “too boring”, “too lake house.”

In reflection, the announcement brings up questions of taste. There were those ugly concoctions spat out from Lauren’s designs at the winter Olympics in 2014 featuring cardigans. Shawl-collard cardigans. In other years we’ve seen classic berets, striped shirts, newsboy caps and the reoccurring polo, Ralph…

The acclaimed running shoe brand is hoping to be fully sustainable by 2030

Letting go of your running shoes is never easy. From walkers to runners, we all find it difficult to admit the inevitable time of departure from our favorite pair. The upper starts to fray, the rubber underneath starts to wear down, yet, you’ve molded the soul to fit your foot perfectly. It isn’t fair. What used to be the pair, turned on you and became a liability for your legs and feet. …

These Pain Faces Are Next Level

Running is a mental game. You can train all you want, but you still won’t win if you’re not mentally prepared on race day. Great athletes know this, from Michael Phelps to Usain Bolt. Being a great runner isn’t just about putting in the miles, and buying the right shoes, it’s also about being ready for a grueling finish and inevitable pain face that follows suite.

Of course, pain faces aren’t always reserved for the end of the race, but they often happen in moments when we push our bodies past limitless expectations. As elite runners have proved to us…

I Wrote This Because I Can’t Get It Out Of My Head

Get rid of everything you think you know about the movie: Bliss on Amazon Prime. My fiancé and I thought this would be a sci-fi thriller we could get excited about, as the preview promised an altered reality starring Owen Wilson and Salma Hayek. The movie by Mike Cahill, isn’t a sci-fi movie about a simulation at all, rather, a painful human experience seen through the lens of spiraling drug addicts, homelessness and mental illness.

It’s obviously not Owen Wilson or Salma Hayek’s fault. Their performances made this movie bearable, however, I watched this movie on false pretenses of what…

Jessie Dumont

A Personal Story-Led Blog, Celebrating Self-Acceptance Through Storytelling & Sharing. Instagram: @cest_la_jess and @prettyneedycool

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