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Been There
Here are stories about real people, your age, who have dealt with some issues around health, STDs, drug use, sexual orientation, relationships, and more. They tell you what it was like for them and what they learned from their experiences.
 

Me, Myself, & I

Vicky Mersereau - Doing It My Way: "Being Different. How To Cope." A Teen Editorial Board member interviews four friends.
   

Katherine Henwood - Self Image: "Body Image. How You Feel About How You Look." A Teen Editorial Board member interviews herself.
   

Keshia Hall - Doing It My Way: "Everyone deserves and needs love." A Teen Editorial Board member interviews herself.
   

Lyndsey K. - Poet - Doing It My Way: "I am not going to hide my true identity. It makes me who I am." Interviewed by Teen Editorial Board member, Kendra Congdon.
  

Jennifer Prather - Health: "Scoliosis... I Can Overcome This!" - A Teen Editorial Board member interviews herself!
   

Nikki Finazzo - Fires Within: "Living in Anxiety." - A Teen Editorial Board member interviews herself!
   

Kendra Lauren Congdon - Spirituality: "Finding Your Own Path." - A Teen Editorial Board member interviews herself!
   

Russell Huffman - Health: "Dealing with Diabetes." - A Teen Editorial Board member interviews himself!
   

Barbara - Health - Eating Disorders: "I want to live!"
 
 

Jessica Davis - Doing It My Way - Olympic Gymnast: "Halfway is like doing nothing."
 
 

Joey Swienski - Doing It My Way - Special Olympics Athlete: "Everybody is a winner in Special Olympics."
 
 

Vanessa - Health - Eating Disorders: "They're lying. There's a conspiracy against you to make you fat. You are not going to die."
 
 

Stephanie - Health - Eating Disorders: "I got thin and my life actually got worse!"
 
 

Paula - Sex - HIV Positive: "They asked if I wanted to take the AIDS test. I said, 'Man, for what? I'm not a gay man! I don't use drugs.' "
 
 

Darell - Sex - HIV Positive and Gay: "I'm a gay Native American and that's not bad."
 
 

Gina De Vries - Sex - Coming Out: "I said, 'l like girls.' There was this silence at the end of the phone and then she said, 'Gina, that's okay.' "
 
 

James - Sex - HIV Positive and Gay: "I always had protected sex. It wasn't an option for me not to have unprotected sex."
 
 

Michael - Sex - Coming Out: "I didn't feel uncomfortable dating women, but I knew that I was attracted to men."
 
 

Linda - Drugs - Ex-Smoker: "...she could inhale so perfectly. And I thought 'Oh, you know, that's so totally cool.'"
 
 

Angela - Drugs - Substance Abuse: "I mean it's good to have a good relationship with your parents, but to smoke weed with your mom at age 13!"
 
 

Tori - Fires Within - Teen Suicide: "I was very depressed about my looks. About friends. About everything! Adolescence. Everything!"
 
 

Relationships

Vicky Mersereau - Relationships: "One long distance relationship that's working!" A Teen Editorial Board member interviews herself.
  

Simona Paladini - Relationships: "Stranger in a Strange Land." Interviewed by Teen Editorial Board member, Kathy Chang.
  

Allison - Abusive Relationships: "I believed everything they said. I believed absolutely everything they said."
 
 

Cinnamon - Abusive Relationships: "When guys are abusers and they know that you need them... they try to use that, to get you."
 
 

Justice Now

Jeff Marx - Justice Now : "How to Win a Student Election."

Tina - Justice Now - Exchange Student - Building Bridges: "America Through the Eyes of a Stranger." - Interviewed by Teen Editorial Board member, Kendra Congdon.
  

Hilary Anderson - Justice Now - Physical Disability: "Do everything you're capable of doing and don't let anybody's thoughts or ideas stand in the way of what you feel you can do."
  

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