"I grew up in Southeastern Ohio and was born with a genetic disorder that effects the liver called Alpha One Antitrypsin Deficiency.  They found it in my baby well check up. So, Nationwide Children's Hospital followed me my entire childhood. The only cure for Alpha One is a Liver Transplant.  I grew up knowing that-- that I needed a liver.   It was hard at times, but I didn't know any different. My health started to slowly go down hill my senior year of high school.  Then, I went to Marshall University my freshman year of college in the Fall of 2000.  During my first semester my health...

My mom took her own life when I was six years old. She was 31. As I am quickly approaching the same age she died, I am fighting daily to make sure my story doesn’t end like hers. My name is Nikki. I’m 29 years old, a graduate from Grandview Heights High School, and a stay at home mom. I work at home by filming and editing videos for my YouTube channel (NikkiLeighLifestyle) where I have almost 60k subscribers and over 20 million video views. I’ve had this channel since 2010 and have received letters from all over the world and of all races and age...

"I am a scrappy activist and advocate. The seeds of my activism were planted and have bloomed in and out of seasons and pushed me ever closer to my purpose. Season One: Childhood I was born into a family of educators who spent their careers educating children in large urban school districts. Growing up I heard stories about children who were poor, lived in marginalized communities, and often did not have enough to eat.  Of the many stories that I heard there is one that stands out. My mother was an elementary school principal.  One morning my mother was called to the cafeteria because a first grade student...

Who is ready for some color? The Columbus Color Run is this Saturday! So, it's the final week to register! @thcolorrun was founded in 2011, with a mission to bring people together to "make the world a happier, healthier place by creating an experience that’s more about the memories you make than your mile per minute."   And it's true--its all about the experience and the moments we can create in our lifetime with our friends and family. Everyone by now should know that it's a critical element for us here at Columbus Stories. Because, it's these types of moments and experiences that formulate our stories.  This is Jordan,...

  [caption id="attachment_9342" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Emma[/caption] Hello! My name is Emma and I have had quite the journey. I spent a year in the Dominican Republic and a month in Spain. I have taught English, tutored children in an orphanged and worked with woman coming out of sex slavery. I have experienced great times of depression and joy as I have searched for direction in my life. As time goes on, my desire to share my faith and the love God has for everyone in different and wonderful cultures around the world grows more and more. My next journey is to the Japanese Alps where I will...

  The part of my story I am sharing with you is about my experience with being the daughter of a mom who suffered with extreme mental illness and addictions. I remember thinking I could fix her.  And, I thought if I got her Cascade dishwasher soap that promised the dishes would be sparkling clean, she would smile as big as the ladies on the commercials. But, we didn't even have a dishwasher.  I was six years old and just knew I wanted her to be happy. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Heather as a baby with her mother[/caption] When I was in college and had some of my own money,...

PART I: Meet Jill "I think I have a large capacity for joy that's developed over the years. In large part, I attribute that to the hardships that I've had to face, including the deaths of my husband and my mother in succession. My container for holding joy and pain is very large and I think that directly influences my work with patients in the acupuncture clinic today. After my husband's death in December 2007, I was overwhelmed by grief and developed a chronic ache in my back. [caption id="attachment_9221" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Jill Farell[/caption] A friend suggested acupuncture and I began to get regular treatments. My back pain...

I know I don't need to explain what meditation is, but do you know what it feels like? I've sat in silence many times before, trying to clear my mind.  And, I've said my nightly prayers.  I've been practicing what I've considered meditation on and off since I was younger.  It's not to say that I wasn't meditating in those moments, but recently something has changed. I took a Reiki training workshop--and meditating feels different now. So, a lot of people don't actually know what "Reiki" is--and I didn't until I took the workshop.  By the way, I also had no clue how to pronounce that word its...

Part I: Meet BioHealth Wellness Center BioHealth Wellness Center is a cutting-edge wellness center located in Worthington,Ohio, where Dr. Siegel is the owner and Medical Director. He’s been providing natural healthcare services for over 33 years. Ever since he can remember, he’s had a strong desire for becoming a physician of healing, and having various relatives with distinguished careers in the medical profession, only added to his passion. As Dr. Siegel was finishing his undergraduate training (on his way to pursuing a medical degree), he experienced episodes within his own family that truly brought into question the “drug-only approach” to treating illnesses. Through numerous observations, it became clear...