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Meet the Kim Family

After a routine pregnancy, Lindsay Kim encountered unexpected labor complications and needed an emergency C-section in order to save her baby Hazel’s life. Unfortunately, Hazel was deprived of oxygen for an undetermined amount of time, causing permanent brain damage. A Dramatic Entrance Baby Hazel’s arrival continued to unfold dramatically, including the practice of chill therapy as her new parents anxiously […]

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Letting People Into Your Health Journey

When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, shame consumed me. Guilt, too. I am not sure I could have named these emotions at the time, but they were there anyway, and they lingered for years. These feelings of shame and fear kept me cut off from myself and from others. My greatest fear was that I would become a […]

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Strong and Brave: One Child’s Fight with Cancer

As I was about to watch my five-year-old undergo chemotherapy, I had a vivid dream that calmed the fear of the unknown. In my dream, Gavin’s neurosurgeon stoically walked out of surgery, telling us confidently, “I got all of the tumor.” This dream, although it would not be realized as I’d hoped, helped each time I watched poison pump through […]

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Gardening Therapy: Plus, You Get Strawberries

“Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do. Plus, you get strawberries.” —Rob Finley, Designer, Gardener and Collector I grew up on a farm in Southwestern Wisconsin. I’ll admit that yes, on occasion, the cows did get out. I can still replay my grandmother darting out of the kitchen door, hands waving and slippers half on. “Not […]

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Life After Diagnosis: How Illness Changed My Identity

Photo by John Soares In 1986, when I graduated from high school, I was voted “most likely to climb Mount Everest.” I thought I would do it, if not actually, then at least symbolically. I pictured my life unfolding as a linear ascension to some theoretical summit, with the journey fueled by my vision and will power. Reflecting on this […]

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How Bob Survived Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Bob Kaufman wasn’t used to a slow-paced life. Once a producer on the nationally televised CBS: This Morning, he’s now the chief communications officer for the state of Texas Department of Transportation. He also ran marathons, played lacrosse, golf and more. “Physical fitness is in my DNA,” he says. But in 2009, he started to struggle to keep pace. That’s […]

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