October 18th, 2011
05:43 PM ET

Human Factor: How big are your dreams?

In the Human Factor, we profile survivors who have overcome the odds. Confronting a life obstacle - injury, illness or other hardship - they tapped their inner strength and found resilience they didn't know they possessed. This week 18-year-old author and motivational speaker Taylor LeBaron shares his weight-loss story.

When I was an obese 14-year-old, most of my dreams seemed unattainable.

Some of my “dreams” were things other teens took for granted. I wanted to walk to the mailbox without being winded. I wanted to complete a 20-yard dash with my classmates. I wanted to ride a rollercoaster and scale a rock-climbing wall instead of being told my weight was over the limit.

I dreamed of a healthy body. I was terrified of heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, all of which run in my family.

Though I weighed nearly 300 pounds, on the inside I was a fun-loving, adventurous, playful individual. I dreamed of doing everything from skydiving to ballroom dancing.


October 18th, 2011
04:14 PM ET

How can I move on after my son's death?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

Asked by Trena, Cerritos, California

My baby boy died January 12, and my life has been a nightmare ever since. I have tried therapy, and I have been prescribed different antidepressants and nothing seems to help. I'm told I have post-traumatic stress disorder due to the nature of his death. Is there any natural alternative? Are there any other options out there, be it holistic or medicinal? How long does the grief last? I want to feel better for the sake of my other kids, but I just feel worse.


October 18th, 2011
06:45 AM ET

No proven IVF-cancer link, doctors say

E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic's efforts to conceive have been the main theme of her reality show "Giuliana and Bill." On Monday she revealed she has to postpone her next round of IVF after her new fertility expert insisted she get screened for breast cancer, even though she is only 36 years old.

Rancic said, on the Today Show,  that her doctor told her "I don't care if you're 26, 36. I won't get you pregnant if there is a small risk you have cancer. If you get pregnant it can accelerate the cancer. The hormones accelerate the cancer."

Her doctor may have been taking the step as a precaution.

"There’s no evidence for a link between breast cancer and infertility treatment," says Dr. Eric Widra, who chairs the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology. A 2005 study looked at a possibility but the study authors concluded a link to breast or ovarian cancer had not been found.


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