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I Was Diagnosed with Breast Cancer While Pregnant—and This Decision Saved My Baby's Life

Find out about how she used a MammaPrint test in her diagnosis.

Why I Decided to Run 50 Marathons In 50 States While Battling Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Isabella de la Houssaye didn't let her life-changing diagnosis stop her from reaching her goal.

This Bodybuilder Was Paralyzed—So She Became a Super-Competitive Para-Athlete

Tanelle Bolt completed her first bodybuilding competition just before a bridge-jumping accident left her paralyzed from the chest down...but she's far from slowing down.

I Survived the Kayla Itsines BBG Workout Program—and Now I'm Tougher In *and* Out of the Gym

The benefits of BBG go way beyond the body. Prepare to get mentally strong.

Meet Betty Goedhart, the Oldest Trapeze Artist In the World

Betty Goedhart will inspire you to live your best life every damn day.

I’ll Never Fully Master Ballet, But That's Exactly Why I Do It

Sometimes imperfection is what's most beautiful.

Breast Cancer Changed My Entire Body Forever—But I'm Finally OK with It

"My curves and jiggle remind me that I won the battle and am fitter and fiercer than ever before."

I Lost 100 Pounds In One Year After I Realized Losing Weight Wasn't Going to Make Me Happy

"I began to accept my body as it was but also enjoyed improving it."

This Woman Spent Years Believing She Didn't "Look Like" an Athlete, Then She Crushed an Ironman

Avery Pontell-Schaefer is encouraging people to realize that fit doesn't look a certain way.

I Fell In Love with Competitive Jump Roping In My 30's

It wasn't long before I entered the Super Bowl of jump roping.

5 Lessons I Learned from Riding 500 Miles Across France

"Do something that makes you feel alive, but also a little bit like you're about to die."

I Gave Up Shampoo for a Month And Have Never Loved My Hair More

New Wash simplified my hair routine down to a single product.

9 Women Whose Passion Projects Are Helping to Change the World

Each one started a health organization that's doing BIG things.

How Learning to Mountain Bike Pushed Me to Make a Major Life Change

As I built up my skills on the trail, I also built up the confidence to begin a new chapter.

How One Woman Used Alternative Medicine to Overcome Her Opioid Dependency

When a pressure cooker explosion left her with third-degree burns, it seemed like painkillers were her only option.

How Teaching Myself to Cook Changed My Relationship with Food

It turns out, actually spending time with your food makes you think about it differently.

Why It's Perfectly Acceptable to Walk During Your Runs

For the record, walking during a run is NOT cheating.

How Running Helped This Cancer Survivor Embrace Her Amputation

"I've embraced my new self and am more proud of my prosthetic than I ever thought I'd be."

Why One Woman Considers Fishing a 'Spiritual Workout'

Plus, read the story of one's woman's unexpectedly spiritual workout: fishing

This Teacher Ran 100 Miles Around a Track to Help Her Students Go to College

"I wanted to find a way to inspire my students to keep going when they were struggling to get to their own finish lines."