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If you were dying tomorrow, what do you think you would regret most? What would you look back on and wish you had done differently, given another try?

A nurse who spent many years working in palliative care - spending day after day with people in the last 3-12 weeks of life - shed some light on this recently.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality, she notes, and that period at the end of one's life allows for a great deal of self-reflection.

When questioned about regrets they had or things they would do differently, common themes surfaced. Time and again. Here are the most common five:

Dying Regrets
  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. The most common regret of all. Countless dreams go unfulfilled, due to choices they had made, or not made. And from the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Are you honoring at least some of those dreams you harbor while you still can?
  2. I wish I didn’t work so hard. Another familiar refrain. The dying missed their children’s youth, their partner’s companionship. Can you simplify your lifestyle and make conscious choices to do more with less? And by creating more space in your life, be happier without the same commitments of time and stress?
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppress feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settle for a mediocre existence, not what they were truly capable of. Many even develop illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carry. By speaking honestly, you may raise a relationship to a new level, or rid it from your life altogether. Can you break that barrier?
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. There are many deep regrets about friendships and not giving them the time and effort they deserved. Everyone misses friends when they're dying. All that remains in the end, especially the final weeks, are relationships. Are you nurturing yours?
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. This is a surprisingly common one. Old patterns and habits die hard. Unfortunately, so do we. The "comfort" of familiarity and fear of change leaves us susceptible to pretending to others, and to ourselves, that we are content. When deep within, we longed for more. Wouldn't it be wonderful to let go and smile, long before you are dying?

What are your biggest regrets in life? What are the hardest things to change? And what else, if anything, would you add to this list? Discuss below ...

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If ever there were a case for buying books brand new instead of borrowing them from the library, this might be it. 

Herpes was found on copies of Fifty Shades of Grey when two Belgian scientists decided to test the top 10 borrowed books from the Antwerp Library to see what sort of disgusting things they might find. 

You guys. 

They found HERPES. And cocaine. But...herpes!! ALL THE HAND SANITIZER!

While the scientists did say that they didn't find enough herpes on the books for a person to contract the virus, they did find enough cocaine for a person to fail a drug test.

What are people DOING with their library books?! Do we even want to know?

No, no we do don't. 

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Saturday Night Live, which always has its finger on the pulse of pop culture and current events, has the cure for Barack Obama's recent political depression.

Paxil: Second Term Strength.

With the health care woes seemingly worsening by the day, more than a few people might sign up for this drug ... provided it has a website that works.

Here's Jay Pharoah in the SNL spoof of an anti-depressant for Obama:

Other must-sees from Saturday Night Live this weekend:

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British teenager Jacqui Beck recalls that she was in "total shock" to learn that she had been born without a vagina during a routine visit to the doctor.

One can only assume that would be shocking.

Beck, 17, hadn't started getting her periods.

After informing her doctor, tests soon showed that she had MRKH syndrome, a genetic condition that meant she had been born without a vagina, womb or cervix.

She tells the Daily Mail (UK) of the ordeal:

"I left the [office] in tears. I would never know what it was like to give birth, be pregnant, have a period. All the things I had imagined doing suddenly got erased from my future."

"I was really angry ... I felt like I wasn’t a real woman any more."

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Loni Janie Anthony is bananas, y'all. B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

No, really. Bananas. As in the mother-to-be eats 10 bananas a day as part of her regular diet. And that's just for breakfast.

Anthony follows the "80:10:10" diet founded by raw foodist Dr. Douglas Graham.

The plan consists of 80% of a person's diet coming from plant-based carbs, 10% coming from fat, and 10% from protein. Anthony says she's never felt better.

Because Anthony is 26 weeks pregnant, her diet, which many feel is quite extreme, is creating quite an online hullabaloo. Critics of the lifestyle say she's harming her unborn baby by starving her body and her baby's of necessary nutrients. 

Anthony, however, says that this dietary change saved her life.

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A South Carolina mom is livid after a nurse implied that her nine-month-old son is a "loser" because the baby hadn't received any vaccinations.

Katie Smart claims she received an offensive note referring to the sick child as such after taking the boy to the hospital for twisting his ankle.

He also had a fever, so to be safe, she wanted the little boy checked out.

That visit came with a message, Smart says, that she didn't deserve.

"I did feel judged," said Smart of the note, which called out the fact that he hadn't received vaccinations and concluded with the word "loser" and a sad face.

"For her to say that, she doesn't know why I choose not to vac," said Smart.

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Jose Serrano, 10, of Juarez, Mexico, is seeking an unusual course of treatment for the giant neck tumor that his inhibiting his health and life: Viagra.

Yes, the pill responsible for reinvigorating the sex lives of countless men could also help give a young, tumor-stricken boy a chance at a normal life.

Viagra is most commonly prescribed to treat impotence, but it has also been shown to reduce the size of tumors in children, which is the goal here.

According to the TLC UK show "Body Bizarre," the medication can shrink it down to a certain size, the tumor can be safely operated on and removed.

Time is of the essence for Jose because the as the tumor expands, the growth forms cysts, some of which are on his lungs and near his windpipe.

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At some point we'll stop freaking out about boobs, right? Please say yes.

Bobbi Bockoras, a breastfeeding mother in Alleghany, PA, is filing a suit against her employer Saint Gobain Verallia, a glass-bottling factory, alleging repeated discrimination and harassment because she needs time during the day to be able to express breastmilk for her infant daughter.

The claims against her employer are so appalling her legal team has taken up Bockoras' case pro-bono.

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act in effect since March of 2010 state that employers must provide nursing mothers with private, non-bathroom locations in which to pump. Saint Gobain Verallia first directed Bockoras to pump in the bathroom.

Then directed her to their First Aid room where she was heckled by male coworkers.

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Brooke Mueller, the mother of Charlie Sheen‘s troubled twin sons Bob and Max, has agreed to have the boys tested for fetal alcohol and drug syndrome.

This action was agreed upon during the contentious meeting with the Department of Children and Family Services and Denise Richards last week.

Brooke Mueller, 36, went to rehab twice while pregnant with Bob and Max, 4, because of her addiction to the highly addictive stimulant crystal meth.

Mueller has also battled addiction to crack, according to reports (and videos).

Multiple sources confirm that “Brooke did indeed also drink large amounts of alcohol while pregnant. This was on top of the drug use which included meth.”

In a shocking turn of events, DCFS awarded temporary guardianship to her brother Scott, who will live with Brooke, effectively giving her full custody.

Charlie Sheen, whose other ex-wife Denise had been caring for the boys for six months due to Mueller's recurring drug woes, is livid with the ruling.

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Amy Robach agreed to a mammogram screening last month as part of a viewer awareness segment on Good Morning America.

And she's fortunate she did:

In an interview with Robin Roberts today, the reporter opened up about being diagnosed with breast cancer during the exam.

"It's still hard for me to say the words out loud. I have breast cancer," Robach told her colleague, adding that her family has no history of the disease.

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