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Update: Born without a Birth Canal
Kristen, 26, joined The Doctors in January 2014 to raise awareness of a birth defect known as Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser syndrome, or MRKH, which causes the vagina and uterus to be underdeveloped or completely absent. When she was diagnosed with the condition at age 16, Kristen says she felt like a freak. “A woman is made up of these certain parts, and I’m missing a majority of those,” she said. The Doctors put her in touch with vaginal reconstructive surgeons Dr. Robert Moore and Dr. John Miklos, who performed a groundbreaking surgery to construct a birth canal for her.
“Gratitude doesn’t begin to cover how I feel for what you guys have done for me,” Kristen says to the surgeons. “You really changed my life, and I can never repay you for what you’ve done.”
Finding the Silver Lining
Hollye Jacobs, 43, is a nurse, social worker and child development specialist. In 2010, she received the devastating diagnosis of breast cancer, after doctors found four tumors in her right breast and three in her left breast. After her initial diagnosis, she says she felt scared, overwhelmed and confused, and immediately started searching for a guide to help her deal with her diagnosis. What she found, however, was that such a guide simply did not exist.
She began documenting her battle with cancer on her blog, combining her personal experience as a patient and her professional experience as a nurse, and decided to create a guidebook that would be both informative and supportive for people in a similar situation. Hollye joins The Doctors to discuss her book, The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer, and share her advice for others who receive the terrifying diagnosis of cancer.
“The ability to look for and find a silver lining really is about embracing the simple things in life,” Hollye says.
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