Top Health Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/health The latest Health IAmA's collected from Reddit HealthI am a 56 year old female with a BRCA-1 gene mutation. I've survived cancer 4 times and have undergone a hysterectomy and double mastectomy. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5985/i-am-a-56-year-old-female-with-a-brca1-gene My name is Tamara Ammons. I was born October 31st, 1960 in Hawthorne, California. I'm the oldest of 3 siblings. I graduated from High School in 1978. I birthed my only child on January 1st, 1994.

My first job was waitressing at a diner called Polly's Pies. Then I moved on to Albertson's, where I was manager of the service deli for 17 years. Then I managed a Hallmark for 6 years. My last position was manager at Sears in the Del Amo Fashion Center. I was there for 6 years. I worked up until I was 45 years old. I am now on permanent disability.

I am a huge animal person and I love movies. My biggest passion is working in my backyard garden. I love growing pumpkins, carrots and many different flowers.

I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Then in 2009 the breast cancer returned: At the recommendation of my physician, I had both of my breasts removed, as well as my uterus. In 2012 I developed pancreatic cancer which progressed to Stage 3. In October of 2016 I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I currently do intravenous chemo therapy bi-weekly and a daily 2,500mg regimen of Capecitabine(Xeloda).

I want to use reddit to reach out to people who have any questions about being newly diagnosed or anything at all. Here is my proof: http://i63.tinypic.com/2lsvcp2.jpg

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Sat, 22 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Tommy Wiseau, director and star of The Room whose journey creating The Room has been made into the soon-to-be-released movie The Disaster Artist http://www.topiama.com/r/5981/ama-request-tommy-wiseau-director-and-star-of-the My 5 Questions:

  1. The Disaster Artist is based on the book by the same name by Greg Sestero, was there anything in the book about making The Room that he got wrong or misremembered?
  2. The Disaster Artist had its premiere this March at South by Southwest, what do you personally think of the movie?
  3. Do you think James Franco's portrayal of you in the movie is true to life?
  4. Were you in involved at all in the making of the The Disaster Artist's script or at all during the making of the movie?
  5. What are your future projects?

Public Contact Information: https://www.facebook.com/theroommovie/

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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Health-LiveI have albinism—AmA http://www.topiama.com/r/5962/i-have-albinismama Hi Reddit!

My name is Alex, and I have albinism. I’m back for another exciting AmA!

Proof

M E T A

DNA test results

So go ahead, ask me anything.

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Sat, 15 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthI gave my kidney to a stranger AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5963/i-gave-my-kidney-to-a-stranger-ama My short bio: I was a senior about 7 weeks away from graduating when 4/16/2007 happened. I knew several people that were either killed or injured. There isn't a single week that goes by since that day when it doesn't cross my mind.

EDIT: Some additional insight so you don't have to dig through comments:

  • I was not in a classroom, and I was not shot. I was on my way to an unaffected class room.

  • I was good friends with one person that was killed, acquaintances with a few who were shot, and knew several others affected.

  • The top takeaways from the incident for me were:

  1. The media is an extremely sharpened double-edged sword. The same vehicle that generated a global outpouring of support also arm-chair quarterbacked their way into criticizing our school, and stalked students around campus trying to generate tears-on-camera. I was set to graduate with a degree in mass communication, but abondoned the media industry altogether after that incident.

  2. Virginia Tech is one of the most resilient, kindest communities I've ever known. Everyone parents asked us to "leave and come home," but not a single person I know did. We all stayed. Even the 20-or-so injured students all came back to school as soon as they could. Everyone wanted to be at school to help each other and not let something like this define who we were. One guy who was shot in the leg left his hospital bed against doctor's order on crutches, just so he could walk across stage at our departmental commencement ceremony. People gave him a full five minute standing ovation.

  3. I remember being rather hurt/upset that it can branded as "the Virginia Tech massacre." No one asked us (the students) if that was okay. I realize that's not historical labeling works, but it just always bothered me.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/XuFRS

EDIT 2: The intent here was to simply give folks a personal perspective on how a school/community is impacted beyond what you may recall hearing from the media. I care about my school and wanted awareness for my 32 heroes to live on a decade later. Even though I created a throw-away account and remained anonymous, there are redditors here who somehow believe I'm doing this for personal attention(?). There are certainly accounts and stories to be told of those "closer" to the incident itself, but I never claimed to be one of those accounts, so I'm having trouble reconciling some of the outrage and hatred in the comments.

With that, I'm going to stop responding to things now. My sincerest apologies if any one found this exploitative or disrespectful, it certainly was never the intent.

neVer forgeT.

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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] The person who runs Wendy's' Twitter Account. http://www.topiama.com/r/5966/ama-request-the-person-who-runs-wendys-twitter My short bio: I was a senior about 7 weeks away from graduating when 4/16/2007 happened. I knew several people that were either killed or injured. There isn't a single week that goes by since that day when it doesn't cross my mind.

EDIT: Some additional insight so you don't have to dig through comments:

  • I was not in a classroom, and I was not shot. I was on my way to an unaffected class room.

  • I was good friends with one person that was killed, acquaintances with a few who were shot, and knew several others affected.

  • The top takeaways from the incident for me were:

  1. The media is an extremely sharpened double-edged sword. The same vehicle that generated a global outpouring of support also arm-chair quarterbacked their way into criticizing our school, and stalked students around campus trying to generate tears-on-camera. I was set to graduate with a degree in mass communication, but abondoned the media industry altogether after that incident.

  2. Virginia Tech is one of the most resilient, kindest communities I've ever known. Everyone parents asked us to "leave and come home," but not a single person I know did. We all stayed. Even the 20-or-so injured students all came back to school as soon as they could. Everyone wanted to be at school to help each other and not let something like this define who we were. One guy who was shot in the leg left his hospital bed against doctor's order on crutches, just so he could walk across stage at our departmental commencement ceremony. People gave him a full five minute standing ovation.

  3. I remember being rather hurt/upset that it can branded as "the Virginia Tech massacre." No one asked us (the students) if that was okay. I realize that's not historical labeling works, but it just always bothered me.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/XuFRS

EDIT 2: The intent here was to simply give folks a personal perspective on how a school/community is impacted beyond what you may recall hearing from the media. I care about my school and wanted awareness for my 32 heroes to live on a decade later. Even though I created a throw-away account and remained anonymous, there are redditors here who somehow believe I'm doing this for personal attention(?). There are certainly accounts and stories to be told of those "closer" to the incident itself, but I never claimed to be one of those accounts, so I'm having trouble reconciling some of the outrage and hatred in the comments.

With that, I'm going to stop responding to things now. My sincerest apologies if any one found this exploitative or disrespectful, it certainly was never the intent.

neVer forgeT.

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthIamA guy born without my left hand http://www.topiama.com/r/5927/iama-guy-born-without-my-left-hand I'm a 14 y/o guy born with symbrachydactyly on my left, meaning I'm missing all my fingers and instead have little "nubbins" without any bone in them. I have about 7cm left of my hand from the wrist down. If you want to know how I do something just ask.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/AMbS1nO 2nd Proof: http://imgur.com/JON8d4M (Took picture with computer, it's actually my left hand)

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Health-LiveI am in the hospital with my wife of 10 years who has just gotten her gender reassignment surgery. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5906/i-am-in-the-hospital-with-my-wife-of-10-years-who I am a federal budget analyst. My focus is macro fiscal policy, including the main drivers of spending and revenue, deficits, and debt. I am happy to talk about the Trump skinny budget, and I am happy to talk about the American Health Care Act, though I'm not a health policy expert. The opinions expressed here are my own and do not reflect those of my place of employment.

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Wed, 22 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthIamA 31 year old with Tourettes syndrome AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5904/iama-31-year-old-with-tourettes-syndrome-ama My short bio: I have had TS all my life, but it became severe in the last few years. I studied Physics at university and work for a living (delivering pizza... everyone loves pizza). I welcome your questions about my condition.

My Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5WwEhR43aQ

updated proof; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emEhQlouZx8&feature=youtu.be

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Mon, 20 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthIamA 23 year old male awaiting liver transplantation in South Africa. They told me the waiting period was anywhere between 2 days and 20 years. AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/5870/iama-23-year-old-male-awaiting-liver I was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC is an auto-immune disorder that effects the liver) on my 21st birthday, and I have been living with Ulcerative Colitis (also an auto-immune disease) since I was 15. I am a patient at a South African public hospital, partly because I don't have enough money to go to a private hospital (I have to go through numerous tests/scans/procedures etc. that are too expensive for my current bank account) and also because the liver doctors are better. I take 19 pills a day, including vitamin supplements, and I smoke weed. What else would you like to know?

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/gjfxI

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Thu, 09 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthIamA 22-Year-Old Bedwetter That Wears Diapers. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5859/iama-22yearold-bedwetter-that-wears-diapers-ama Greetings everyone.

Let me be straight with you right off the bat, this is not my first rodeo. But 8 months is a long time and a lot of stuff has happened in Sweden since. (Also you guys have an orange president now? Do you color code your leaders?)

I also figured since certain statements have been made about my country by a certain someone, it might be a good idea to have someone on the inside give his two cents on what is actually going down over here.

I have the whole day free and will gladly answer as many questions as possible.

EDIT: Haha, 76% upvoted? I didn't know my job was so controversial ;)

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthIamA amputee student engineer, wearing the world’s most intelligent prosthetic limb, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5848/iama-amputee-student-engineer-wearing-the-worlds EDIT: 3rd Remission Anniversary today! Happy anniversary to me and my lymph-nodes. Closing this officially now, thank you to everyone who asked me a question. You guys are great and you've given me the push to start writing this book. Feels weird to type that and mean it. :)

Hey guys! I am a twenty-two year old Irish woman, working as a freelance content writer. I love whiskey, sleeping, Drake and dogs. I also happen to be a stage four cancer survivor.

I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2013, which had spread and metastasized/spread in the lining of my left lung. I was 18 years old at the time and had just started my first week of university.

After a grueling course of chemotherapy, I was given my NED/remission status on February 24th 2014. I developed both depression and PTSD post-treatment, which I have since overcome.

I have always been a storyteller and writer by nature, and my goal is to write a book about my experiences with cancer and the stigma of surviving. However, I'm not quite comfortable enough with it to write about it at the moment.

The objective of this AMA is to give me a little insight into the kinds of questions people have about cancer, young people with cancer and surviving cancer. It'll also help put me on the path to finally writing my book.

I'd really like to break down the stigma and preconceptions of what it means to "survive" the shit-show of cancer. If I've learned anything from past encounters as a survivor, it's that people are misinformed and often wrong. So with that in mind, there are no stupid questions!

Ask literally anything, it doesn't matter if you think it's dumb, offensive, disgusting etc. I will answer with frank honesty.

Let's go!

Proof: Me today, holding a sign with my username and the date.

A picture of my first ever PET scan results. All of the black is cancer, with the exception of the larger black shadow at the bottom. That's my bladder which was full of dye for the scan.

My lovely baldy head about four months into chemo.

Me on my last day of chemo.

My Facebook page and my Instagram.

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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthI just survived a roll over car crash and brain surgery at 16 AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/5852/i-just-survived-a-roll-over-car-crash-and-brain Hey Reddit! We are members of Obsidian Entertainment's design and publishing team, currently working on Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Obsidian's very first sequel. We love RPGs, and we think we're pretty good at making them. Our roots go back to some of the classics of the genre, including Fallout 1 and 2, Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, and many more. You might know us from games like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Fallout: New Vegas, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. We brought the classic, isometric cRPG back to modern audiences with Pillars of Eternity, and now we're making a sequel to that game, set in the Deadfire Archipelago, a collection of hundreds of islands spanning thousands of miles, that you can explore on board your ship. We're in our last day of crowdfunding that campaign over on Fig, so check it out if you're interested in knowing the details.

Our Proof!

Specifically, we are:

Mikey Dowling, PR Manager

Feargus Urquhart, CEO

J.E. "Josh" Sawyer, Design Director

Justin Britch, Lead Producer

Adam Brennecke, Lead Programmer/Executive Producer

Carrie Patel, Narrative Designer/Novelist

Eric Neigher, Assistant Waste Disposal Coordinator

Ask us anything, fellow adventurers!

EDIT: All right, wonderful Redditors, unfortunately, we have to get back to our Fig campaign, as there's only 4 hours to go! Thank you for your questions, it's been a blast! If you didn't/don't get your question answered here, Mikey and other members of the team are livestreaming on our Twitch channel, so feel free to ask them there! Much love from all of us on the Pillars II team!

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthIamA, writer and speaker, Judy Cornish, believer in supporting the abilities of dementia. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5839/iama-writer-and-speaker-judy-cornish-believer-in Hello Reddit!

I am Judy Cornish and I’m the creator of the DAWN Method and founder of DAWN (the Dementia & Alzheimer’s Wellbeing Network®). I am also a recovering attorney, avid skier and gardener, devotee of the Met Opera HD, and dedicated pursuer of the perfect shot of espresso.

Like any endeavor of the heart, finding a better way to provide dementia care wasn’t my plan back in 2010. I’d moved to this small town in northern Idaho to semi-retire and practice elder law part time. But I couldn’t stand by when a neighbor with Alzheimer’s needed help, and then another neighbor, and another, and soon I was completely absorbed in finding a way to design better dementia care.

What I came up with was this: Dementia is bad, but not all bad. Dementia takes away rational thought but not intuitive thought—and it’s intuitive thought that lets us do the fun things in life. Dementia takes away the remembering self but not the experiential self—which is only bad news if caregivers don’t understand what an experiential self does. And finally, dementia causes emotional distress, not craziness or behaviors. It’s the emotional pain that’s the problem (we all act a little crazy when we’re upset or can't figure out what's going on).

I’ve spent the last two years developing a training program and writing two books. We’re videoing my classes this spring and plan to have my first book, The Dementia Handbook – How to Provide Dementia Care at Home, out on Amazon in March.

Our goal at DAWN is very simple: We want to equip every family and every caregiver to provide truly supportive dementia care, so people can stay home and families can avoid the incredibly high cost of long-term care. But, more than anything, we want every person who experiences dementia to have a partner who understands the beauty of living intuitively.

So, I’m here to answer any questions you might have about this kinder way to provide dementia care, one that makes dementia care less painful for everyone involved.

Judy Cornish

Proof: https://twitter.com/theDAWNmethod/status/833342973869912065

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Sun, 19 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Health-LiveIamA Guy Born With Out His Left Arm AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5795/iama-guy-born-with-out-his-left-arm-ama EDIT: Thanks everyone for your questions! I have to get back to my duties as ref, but make sure to watch Puppy Bowl XIII this Sunday, February 5 at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT on Animal Planet!

Hi everybody! I'm returning this year to be the official referee for The 13th edition of Animal Planet’s PUPPY BOWL premiering this Sunday, February 5 starting at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT. You can check out some the adorable stars competing in the big game here! In case you missed last year's AMA, here's a little bit about me: I had a relationship with ANIMAL PLANET before this - I was the host of a few one hour specials for the network. I'd also worked as a narrator for Discovery in the past. The guy who had the job before me moved on to another network, so there was an opening, I had to submit an audition tape after they approached me - so I went into dog parks in NYC and recorded myself officiating football games with random dogs (much to the consternation of the owners) and I also recorded some hijinx with my sister's dogs in their backyards. Anyways, it wound up being a fun tape, and I did a testimonial straight to camera about how this was my dream job, and it was my AMERICAN IDOL moment - and I got it!

My proof is here: https://twitter.com/Danschachner/status/827214318194262016

So here I am, ready to answer your questions about the world's cutest game. AMA!

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Sun, 05 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
HealthIamA 10 year old with a rare neuromuscular disease. Call me Toomee, and AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5779/iama-10-year-old-with-a-rare-neuromuscular I am founder and CEO of RealVNC, a UK software engineering company which was set up by the inventors of remote access software. RealVNC's technology gives computer, smartphone and other device users the power to 'take over' another device remotely from anywhere in the world. This means workers and businesses can share screens and solve each other's problems without having to leave their own desk.

In 2013, RealVNC won the UK's premier engineering prize, the Royal Academy of Engineering's MacRobert Award, known for recognising influential technology. VNC technology is now used on over a billion devices worldwide, and the protocol used by VNC is an official part of the Internet.

Proof 1: https://twitter.com/RealVNC/status/823578312392003586 Proof 2: https://www.realvnc.com/company-profile/andy-harter/ Proof 3: http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2013/July/software-company-realvnc-wins-uks-premier-prize Proof 4: http://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-and-prizes/prizes-and-medals/other-awards/the-macrobert-award Proof 5: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6143

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT