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Naomi Osaka’s attempt to protect her mental health needs more advocates.

photo of tennis player Naomi Osaka sitting at a table with 2 water bottles.
photo of tennis player Naomi Osaka sitting at a table with 2 water bottles.

Naomi Osaka’s attempt to protect her mental health by skipping press conferences following her matches at the French Open allows a much-needed conversation about the role of the post-game press conference across sports. Osaka is not the first athlete to skip a press conference and most likely will not be the last. But because her reason for skipping involved mental illness, the leaders of the Grand Slam tournaments made a grave error in threatening to eject her from the tournament rather than fine her. If Osaka had had a physical injury that made it impossible for her to hold press…


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In 2019, there were over 1 million miscarriages in the United States. Yet, you have most likely not heard this statistic because the subject is typically considered taboo to discuss. That such a pervasive health issue goes unmentioned tells us that there is much work to do to demystify miscarriage.

Some women are willing to share their stories and as they do so help to bring some normalcy to the idea of talking about their experiences. Last year both Meghan Markle and Chrissy Teigen shared their stories of having…


And what not to say

a half of a grapefruit and a pear sitting on a kitchen counter. the words “miscarriage is not a failure” are written above them in black ink
a half of a grapefruit and a pear sitting on a kitchen counter. the words “miscarriage is not a failure” are written above them in black ink

I have wanted to write about the damage that the silence around miscarriage causes for a long time. But I was not sure how to reach out to women who have had miscarriages in an empathetic way. I could write an article full of facts (and yes, they matter, too), but what I really wanted was to talk to someone who had been through the experience and could speak to it honestly. But the stigma and silence around miscarriage prevented me from doing so.

Then, on Mother’s day, I saw this beautiful post from my former teaching friend on Facebook.


woman in black puffy jacket standing outside with her arms folded in front of her wearing medical mask
woman in black puffy jacket standing outside with her arms folded in front of her wearing medical mask

Over the past two weeks, as I take my dog on her daily walk, I have noticed a big change in how other people on the neighborhood trail are behaving. We are smiling at each other, making eye contact, and trading our “good mornings” with good cheer. Of course, this is because we are no longer masked with the exception of a few folks. During the pandemic, we all took great care to stay as far away from one another as possible on the trail, avoided eye contact, and certainly did not utter a word to one another. I am…


Rape crisis centers around the United States are in crisis themselves. The centers depend on federal funds that flow from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) of the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) for anywhere from 50–80% of their budgets. But those funds have dried up due to changes in how the funds are derived, leaving rape crisis centers scathed by the lack of support from Congress.

The money for the fund comes from the prosecution of convicted federal offenders and the resulting fines. Over the past decade, and particularly over the past four years, prosecutorial strategies have moved heavily toward…


sketch of a woman’s torso wearing white panties splashed with red paint
sketch of a woman’s torso wearing white panties splashed with red paint

Crimson tide, Aunt Flo, lady business, that time of the month, Carrie — the list goes on. The number of euphemisms used to avoid saying the word “period” in public is staggering. The stigma around periods is not only dangerous, it is preventing us from making progress in addressing period poverty. Stigma can take many forms including simple discomfort in discussing the topic to excluding people who are menstruating from society. Stigma stifles intelligent discussion of hygiene and dignity. Stigma allows practices like taxing period products as luxuries or not providing period products in public bathrooms to stand without question…


The pandemic uncovered the ugly truth that American society undervalues those in caring professions. And the vast majority of those in caring professions are women, especially women of color. While this had really not been a secret, there had been no real political will to address the problem. But now that we have seen the dark side of what happens when our caregivers must put themselves at risk in order to perform their jobs, it is obvious that things cannot continue the way that they were before the pandemic.

Who exactly are we talking about here? We are talking about…


For all of these women, their male doctor’s explanation was that he knew better and thought that the bigger breasts matched her figure better

Patients who undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation treatment for breast cancer endure an intense amount of medical intervention. If they decide that they want to have breast reconstruction surgery, the last thing on their mind is the possibility that their surgeon will not honor their wishes. As awful as that sounds, it happens more often than you may think.

In actor Sharon Stone’s newly published memoir The Beauty of Living Twice, she reveals that in 2001 she underwent reconstructive breast surgery after having large, benign tumors removed from her breasts. When she unwrapped her bandages, she realized that her surgeon…


But not the kind you’re thinking of.

Have you ever been in the bathroom and discovered that there was no toilet paper until it was too late? We have all been there and would agree that it is not a place we want to revisit. Or remember at the beginning of the pandemic when people were hoarding toilet paper? It just goes to show that we ALL want to have the necessary products to keep ourselves clean when it comes to bodily functions. So why aren’t period products considered as necessary as toilet paper?

For those who have not followed this topic or have not set foot…


syringe being inserted into medication vial
syringe being inserted into medication vial

Recently, my friend’s elementary-aged son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. His parents sought counsel from my husband and me because my husband also has Type 1 diabetes. We were able to help them understand quite a bit about what to expect in terms of the disease and how it is managed and that felt good.

A few days later I realized that I needed to have a different conversation with his mother. You see, we have an adult child with a different chronic illness with medications that are exorbitantly expensive even with insurance. We took a walk, and I…

Anna Lynch

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