BY Catherine Wright

I was pregnant with my second child when I began having constipation. It turned out to be my first symptom of rectal cancer, but I didn’t know that at the time.

Each night, I’d wake up with an urgent need to go to the restroom. But then I’d sit on the toilet, unable to empty my bowels all the way. It was annoying and interfered with my sleep. My obstetrician explained that when a woman is pregnant, her expanding uterus takes up...

Catherine Wright holding her daughter, Ada, and son, John Michael

BY Alyssa Warr

I was working as a physician assistant in California when my husband’s job moved us to Singapore. About a year after we got there, I started...

BY Meagan Raeke

Kylie Temple knew from a young age that she loved kids. As a NICU nurse in Mississippi, Kylie spends her days around infants, and in 2015,...

BY Allie Moreno

During the first trimester of my pregnancy, I had a lingering cough that would not go away. I thought it was allergies, so I procrastinated about going to the doctor. After all, I was a 33-year-old fitness instructor in top health.

But after I coughed so hard I fractured a rib, I saw several doctors and underwent both an X-ray and a CT scan. That’s how I learned of the 16-centimeter mass sitting on top of my left lung.


Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma survivor Allie Moreno poses while pregnant