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Stories by Carey Purcell
Carey Purcell is a New York-based writer and editor.
Heartless: How One Abnormal Pap Smear Lost a Woman Access to Gynecological Care
Posted on: Mar 17, 2015, Source: AlterNet
Off-the-charts heartless behavior from Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Why We Shouldn't Mock People Who Say They Have Gluten Sensitivity
Posted on: Aug 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet
Some are frustrated that the media portrays gluten sensitivity as a myth rather than a medical condition.
How Being a Bridesmaid Is Driving Me to the Brink of Bankruptcy
Posted on: Jun 17, 2014, Source: AlterNet
At $1,700 a pop, being a bridesmaid is a pricey commitment. So why do groomsmen get away with spending so little?
Having Surgery? What You Need to Know About Post-Operative Depression
Posted on: Sep 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Pre-op anxiety is often not surprising to patients, but the feelings can worsen after the procedure is done.
Forced Out of School and Church, Watching Friends Commit Suicide: What It's Like Growing Up Gay and Mormon
Posted on: Jul 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet
Gay Mormons have three options: Enter into a fraudulent heterosexual marriage, remain celibate, or leave the church.
It's My Fault Because I Had a Drink? How Being Sexually Assaulted Introduced Me to Victim-Blaming Culture
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet
When I was sexually assaulted and mugged last month, I was abruptly introduced to the culture of victim blaming — from the police, and even my family and friends.
'I Thought I Was Dying': A Common Synthetic Antibiotic Can Cause Permanent Side Effects
Posted on: Feb 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet
Ten years after taking the medication, Bobby Grozier suffers from brain damage and he's lost more than $3 million in medical costs and income.
When Sex Hurts, and No One Can Tell You Why: The Mysterious Condition Called Vulvodynia
Posted on: Nov 22, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Imagine a choice between no intercourse or sex with unbearable pain. Then imagine that no doctor knows how to fix it. That's the world occupied by women with vulvodynia.
Cancer at 23: How Health Insurance Failed Me
Posted on: Oct 14, 2008, Source: AlterNet
I had a job and health insurance when I got sick, but my claim was denied. And that was just the beginning.
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