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The Story of A Real Superhero: Danielle Hudson

February 2004, At the age of 23 years old I was 7 months pregnant with my third daughter. One night I was showering I felt a tumor. I contacted my OBGYN the following day. I went in for my appointment and told my Dr. that I felt a lump. He was under the impression that it was milk from being pregnant. I was adamant that it wasn’t milk and I was very persistent by getting it checked. A few days later I went to have a needle biopsy done. Unfortunately it was a tumor., I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. The size of the tumor was 5.0 cm in maximum diameter and I had one positive axillary lymph node. With me being 7...


The Pay Gap

From my time as an undergraduate sociology major, I remember having to learn the difference between equality and equity. Equality and equity are two common words that are getting their fair-share of use due to the increasing march toward social justice for all. With that, has come the interchangeable and incorrect use of the words. Equality is the state of being equal. Equity is the quality of being fair and impartial. I want to include those definitions because it is important when discussing social justice toward equality, we must remember that equity is the road, path, boat, vehicle, or what-have-you, to get to equality. We will not have equality without acknowledging and achieving equity. Remember, if equality is what we seek, equity is what we...


3 Books by Black Women to Read

As lockdowns and restrictions continue a lot of us have much more time to do explore hobbies and activities such as reading, in honor of Black History month we at Black Girl Health have decided to highlight three books by Black Women that we cant wait to read. Whether you're in a virtual bookclub, reading alone, or with family; here is some new books to add to your must reads.   1. Just As I Am by Cicely Tyson Two days prior to the departure of  Cicely Tyson, she left us with her memoir Just As I Am.  This memoir is an in-depth glimpse of the early life and journey to stardom. Just As I am is heartfelt and inspirational tale of growth and self love and discovery.   2....


4 Mental Health Apps for College Students

To continue with the theme of mental health resources, we at Black Girl Health have compiled some therapy alternatives for college students and or anyone that desires to take control of their mental health.  These four apps are great free and low-cost options for those who aren't ready to take the leap towards therapy yet. 1.Well Track  Well Track is an app that was created Purdue University’s Counseling and Psychological service. In 2018 Well Track was launched. The web-based service help address student’s wellness and mental health needs. 2.Happify Happify is an app that activities and games to help relax the user, according to Happify “A few simple activities completed on a weekly basis will relax the user and measure his or her happiness.” Happify reports that more than 80%...


Mental Health Resources for College Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult on many, physically, mentally, and emotionally. One demographic that has been left out of the conversation is college students. Many college students have been subjected to online classes and very few resources to ease finical burden, which has left many college students confused and depressed. College alone is already stressful enough, so to ease the burden for students who’ve had a difficult semester, we at Black Girl Health have compiled some free and low-cost resources specifically for students.   1. Check with your University’s resources for Counseling and Mental Health While a majority of campus buildings are shut down, mental health centers and student counseling are available to students both virtually and in person. Call or stop by your student services offices to...


Control Stress Related Hair Loss

Can stress be related to hair loss?  Yes. According to Medline Plus. Maintaining stress levels is the first step to controlling stress-related hair loss. There are three types of hair loss that can be associated to high stress levels. Telogen effluvium: In telogen effluvium, significant stress pushes large numbers of hair follicles into a resting phase. Within a few months, affected hairs might fall out suddenly when simply combing or washing your hair. Trichotillomania: Trichotillomania is an irresistible urge to pull out hair from your scalp, eyebrows or other areas of your body. Hair pulling can be a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, tension, loneliness, boredom or frustration. Alopecia areata:  A variety of factors are thought to cause alopecia areata, possibly including severe stress. With...


Managing Stress During The Pandemic

It's been nearly a year since the pandemic began and our lives changed, a-lot of us have faced new challenges that we thought would happen in our wildest dreams, who would've thought something as simple as a trip to the grocery store would now become an anxiety filling experience?  As we adjust to "The new normal" it's critical for us to manage our stress levels to allow us to have a chance to decrease our fight or flight response. Living on fight or flight mode increases your chance of getting ill. Living on fight or flight weakens your immune system, which can cause anxiety, sleeping problems, fatigue, and hormonal imbalance. Because preventing stress is nearly impossible, managing stress is key.   So here are some tips for...


Are You a Busy Parent and Think You Have No Time for Working Out? Elethia Gay Thinks Otherwise

We all wish we had more time. Time to sleep, time to work, time to relax, time to exercise, time for everything. Lack of time is to accomplish something is just an excuse. It is one of the biggest reasons people have used to put off exercising or eating healthier, or just living a healthier lifestyle. We often say things like: "Once, I get caught up with work, I'll have more time and energy to work out." Or "My kids have such a crazy schedule there is no room for me to fit in meal prepping." Stop putting your health and fitness goals on the back burner and follow Elethia Gay. Elethia is a health and wellness coach and speaker for AQ Health and Wellness, where...


Change Your Mindset and Achieve Your Fitness Goals with Farah Green

It's still early in the year, which means right now, people are still working on their New Years Resolutions. One of the most common new years resolutions is to lose weight. Many people are so determined that this is the year they will lose a few pounds and finally have the summer body they always wanted. It's nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, but what is the reasoning behind wanting to shed a few pounds, especially for curvy women? Is it baby weight? Having gained a few extra pounds during quarantine? Or maybe the weight is affecting their health. These are all great reasons, but for some women, it's just because society told them they need to have a "slim thick body" which includes a small waist with a big butt...