Transformation

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This Philly Musician Is Running Marathons to Grieve His Wife’s Death

Who I am: Eddie Gieda (@ebgiii), 41 Where I live: Center City What I do: I am a musician and band member of An Albatross. […]

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A Philly Fitness Instructor Shares Her Story of Overcoming Heroin Addiction

Who I am: Kim Harari (@kimharari_), 26 Where I live: Center City What I do: I am a lead trainer at Fitler Club and WE/FIT […]

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What if Art Is the Best Way to Tell a Cancer Story?

On a side street in Bucks County, inside a refurbished textile mill, is a room full of color. It’s because of the paintings all over […]

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For His 30th Birthday, This Leukemia Survivor Went on a Road Trip to Share His Story in 30 Cities

Who I am: Vincent Goodwin What I do: I’m an advocate and moderator for Health Union and a mentor for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. *** […]

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Why You’ll Be Glowing When You Walk out of This Manayunk Spray Tan Studio

The first thing I notice when I step into Manayunk’s six-week-old Vacay Beauty is a rainbow of color. The couch is eggplant purple, the plush […]

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This Philly Entrepreneur Founded a Company That Promotes Positive Thinking. Then She Was Diagnosed With Depression.

“Mental illness runs deep in my family. My mom was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when she was 25 years old, which was the same year […]

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Why Is This Philly-Area Construction Company Teaching Its Workers to Take Deep Breaths?

“We’re going to start with one hand on the chest and one hand on the belly button,” Pat DeAngelis announces to the quiet room. “First, […]

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How Pregnancy Has Helped This Yoga and Barre Teacher Listen to Her Body More

Who I am: Larkin Silverman What I do: I co-founded and teach at Lumos Yoga & Barre in Fairmount. *** “Pregnancy was a scary thing […]

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How Strength Training Helped One Trans Fitness Instructor Come to Terms With Their Body

When I was 25 years old, I lost my dream job. The small queer and trans youth center where I worked was moved under the […]

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When This Philly Instagram Influencer Came Out as a Lesbian, Her Mom Kicked Her Out of the House

Who I am: Kate Austin (@kateaustinn), a blogger and influencer who focuses mostly on gay and lesbian issues. *** “The only thing I really ever […]

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This Pennsylvania Woman Was “Almost Grateful” That She Needed a Heart Transplant

Name: Alin Gragossian Role: Emergency medicine resident at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg ***  Philly mag: Why did you want to be in emergency medicine in […]

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For One Week, There Was a Taylor Swift Takeover of the Local SoulCycle Studios

“I’ve been known to be obsessed with Taylor. That’s no secret whatsoever. For me, it plays into why I’m also obsessed with SoulCycle, why I’m […]

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How a Philly Lifestyle Blogger Went From Apologizing for Her Body to Loving it

This story has been updated to the specific brand where Emily Tharp worked. Who I am: Emily Tharp (@herphilly) Where I live: Rittenhouse What I do: […]

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After This Archaeologist Got Injured in a Car Accident, Chronic Pain Nearly Ruined Her Life

Who I am: Noel Davis (@parisfitphilly) Where I live: Northeast Philly What I do: I’m an archaeologist and personal trainer. *** I found out what […]

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When She Was Growing Up, This Local Boudoir Photographer Hated Her Body

Who I am: Cheyenne Gil (@cheyennegil) What I do: I’m a body positive boudoir photographer specializing in confidence-inspiring, natural sessions. *** “I was never diagnosed, […]