Tell Us How You Survived a Health Crisis

Tell us how you met your greatest health challenge. Did you overcome an illness? Did you finally lose the weight you always wanted to lose? Did you start exercising after years of inactivity? Did you train for a marathon or quit smoking? Did you start eating right and stay with it? In your own words, take us through your experience.  What did you learn about your physical and emotional strengths? Were there people in your life that buoyed you with support or guidance? We'll run the best of our submissions online weekly throughout 2007.

Submission Guidelines: Your essay should be: a.) An original piece, b.) 850-900 words and c.) personal in tone. It should not be framed as a response to a NEWSWEEK story or another NEWSWEEK reader essay. Submissions must not have been published elsewhere. Please include your full name, phone number, e-mail address and home address with your entry, as well as a color digital jpeg photo of yourself to be published with your piece. We are fully aware of the time and effort involved in preparing an essay, and each manuscript is given careful consideration. Please allow two months for your submission to be considered.