Heads up, national media: this is what courage and bravery looks like — not a man wearing a dress.

19-year-old Ciera Swaringen was born with moles covering her entire body from head to toe. She is one of less than 1% of newborns who are born with the rare congenital birthmarks called melanocytic nevus.

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Leah Still

Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still took to social media to ask his followers for prayers for his 5-year-old daughter Leah Still, who suffered a setback in her cancer ordeal.

Leah experience complications after going into the hospital on May 5th for a stem cell transplant.

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Iggy Azalea facelift

Some people are so desperately unhappy with their looks that they will go to any length to achieve perfection. These people used to be diagnosed with the mental disorder Body Image Disturbance, but doctors have since moved away from assigning clinical disorders to self-obsessed, narcissistic people.

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Wale performing

Rapper Wale is speaking out about his battle with depression. While some of us get the blues on rainy days and Mondays, others suffer with a debilitating, prolonged feeling of utter sadness that affects their activities of daily living and changes their outlook on life.

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Jazz Jennings

It’s been quite a week for 14-year-old transgender Jazz Jennings. The TLC Network announced a new reality show documenting Jazz’s life as a gender stereotypical girl. Then he landed a deal as the face of Clean & Clear acne treatment products.

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Dr. Laura Pearson and Dr. Sharon Harley

I confess: I am over age 50, and I have never had a mammogram. After a year of being scolded by Dr. Sharon Harley at the Women’s Specialty Clinic, I finally made an appointment for my first mammogram. But not just because I was tired of hearing Dr. Harley’s voice; I got my first mammogram because I want to live.

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Reality TV star and singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss leaves 'Watch What Happens Live' in NYC

Podiatrists have issued warnings about women wearing high heeled shoes for decades. The high fashion footwear are available in a variety of styles including stilleto’s (or spikes), pumps and wedges. Originally designed to keep a horseback rider’s feet from slipping out of the stirrups, high-heeled shoes have evolved into medieval torture devices.

Doctors say pointy pumps (such as those pictured above on a local celebrity) are the worst culprits. The pointy toes squeeze the entire front of your foot together, causing nerve pain, bunions, blisters, and hammertoes.

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Barack Obama

According to published reports, President Barack Obama was rushed to a military hospital near Washington D.C. on Saturday after complaining of a sore throat. Doctors there diagnosed Obama with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) caused by acid reflux.

Comedian Joan Rivers also suffered from acid reflux (GERD). She was undergoing an endoscopy (a test to diagnose GERD acid reflux) when she died tragically in a Manhattan clinic on Sept. 4 at age 81.

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