HUFFPOST PERSONAL 01/02/2019 10:57 am ET Kelly IversonGuest Writer Knowing if someone is the one is tough — so many of us mentally compile dealbreakers to narrow down the relationship and hookup hunt. Disclosing these dealbreakers is often delightfully subtle and insignificant (e.g., I snore, I don’t cook, I’m sloppy and so on). It can also end a relationship — smoking, not wanting kids, infidelity ... so, what’s my dating dealbreaker? I had a double mastectomy and don’t have real boobs. Let’s back up for just a second. I have a mutated BRCA1 gene, otherwise frightfully known as the “breast cancer gene.” As its name suggests, having the mutation made my lifetime risk of getting breast cancer skyrocket up to 87 percent. That, and my family history of breast cancer put my depressing odds into clear context, and the logical plan of action was to simply slice my breasts off. This would reduce my risk of getting breast … [Read more...] about How My Sex Life Has Changed After Having A Double Mastectomy
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Christopher Curley, provided by Published 10:07 am PST, Thursday, November 29, 2018 Photo: Sal Veder, Associated Press Photo: Sal Veder, Associated Press Image 1 of / 29 Caption Close Image 1 of 29 Photo: Sal Veder, Associated Press I've used Apple computers my entire life. Here's why I'm never buying one again. 1 / 29 Back to Gallery For most of my life, I've been more than just an Apple fanboy — I've been an Apple disciple. My first computer was a Macintosh 512Ke, released the year I was born (1986), and I've been using Apple computers ever since. I once got thrown out of a class in fifth grade for pitching a fit when my teacher had the gall to suggest that Steve Jobs and … [Read more...] about I’ve used Apple computers my entire life. Here’s why I’m never buying one again.
As a freelance writer, I’m on my phone a lot. I communicate with editors almost exclusively via email, accept last-minute assignments on-the-go, and chronicle my adventures on Instagram. Every morning, I wake up, roll over, and immediately scroll through my email before doing anything else. Being connected is a large part of what keeps my business afloat. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below One day, as I was grabbing a coffee across the street from my apartment, I was standing in line when I started to feel panicked. My chest was tight, I was short of breath, and I had this unmistakable feeling of terror, even though I couldn't really identify what I was scared of. I was having a panic attack. And it was in part because I didn't have my phone with me. It was a wakeup call. I knew I needed to stop letting my phone run my life. It should come as no surprise that our phones stress us out. Multiple studies have shown that excessive smartphone use can lead people to experience … [Read more...] about I Gave Up My Phone for a Few Hours a Day, and It Changed My Damn Life
Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press Published 12:03 pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Photo: /Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago. For many of us, a smartphone addiction is not so much a debilitating disease but a constant, nagging inconvenience we cant seem to shake. But its not all our fault. From the constant notifications to the color schemes to the "likes," followers and in-game rewards out phones and the apps on them were created so well use them as much as possible. But there are ways to fight back. less FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, a person uses a smart phone in Chicago. For many of us, a smartphone addiction is not so much a debilitating disease but a constant, nagging inconvenience we cant seem ... more Photo: /Associated … [Read more...] about Digital Life: Cutting back on a constant smartphone habit
FOR those who love the self-styled 'psychologist illusionist' Derren Brown, keep an eye out for him soon in the best coffee shops in Belfast. Instead of heading to historic hostelries like the Crown Bar in Great Victoria Street, the TV trickster enjoys spending quality time at coffee shops in the city. Brown is heading to Belfast later this month to do a five-night run of his new live show Derren Brown: Underground at the Grand Opera House, having been a regular visitor over the years. He describes it as a "fantastic city". "Belfast is always a highlight of the tour," Brown tells me. "There’s something about coming across to Northern Ireland or even to Dublin. Maybe it's because we have made an effort to come over and not just stayed in London. There’s just general warmth that you get there that you don’t get in other places. "The theatre itself is lovely in that you actually get to hear the people in the audience. There's something extra about the energy of the … [Read more...] about Derren Brown: Not trying to control things is how I live my real life