Human Parts
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Human Parts

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Anatomy of a Hot Flash

These brief flares remind me of my body’s capacity for upheaval and renewal

Photo: Xuanyu Han/Getty Images

Standing in the kitchen on a cool early fall day, chopping the last of the late summer sauce tomatoes, I’m suddenly overwhelmed by a bloom of heat in my body. Rapidly expanding heat from head to toe, feeling fall no more, but a heat wave flush, like a…




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