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About Ellen Burkhardt

Ellen Burkhardt is a freelance writer and editor living in Minneapolis.

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Finding Support for a NICU baby – Kaitlyn’s Story

In 2002, Jessica Frider gave birth to her first child, Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn had suffered from a lack of oxygen during birth, which caused global brain damage and led to a variety of health difficulties, including cerebral palsy. Kaitlyn was in the NICU for three weeks before Jessica was able to take her home. Reaching Out Jessica first learned about CaringBridge […]

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Finding a Positive Outlook to Help Others Heal

When Candice S. learned her husband, Tim, had been in a skydiving accident, she was more than 60 miles from the hospital—a three hour drive in rush-hour traffic. The doctors at the trauma center filled her in on the injuries when she arrived: fractured skull, three brain bleeds, and split chin to name a few. Tim was classified as an […]

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Hope for Siblings with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome

“You’re only thinking about the medical things—you’re overwhelmed and exhausted and worried, and you don’t have the energy to think about how people can help and in what ways. The people who took the initiative to figure that out for us were enormous blessings.” – Ann R. It’s almost unimaginable. Not one, but two, of Ann’s four children were diagnosed […]

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How to get a Good Night’s Sleep—Part Two

This is the second post in a two part series on how to get a better night’s sleep. You can read the first post here for more helpful tips. Falling asleep isn’t always easy, especially when stress, to-do lists, and worry get in the way. Fortunately, there are practical ways to win back bedtime. Here are some tips from Dr. […]

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Five Easy Ways to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Meal—and Still Have it Taste Great

The Undercover Take-Out Dinner Follow local foodies’ advice and head to Kowalski’s Markets for a great pre-made turkey-dinner deal. The meal, which serves up to 12 people, includes a 10–12 pound all-natural turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry-orange relish, 18 dinner rolls, and a 12-inch pumpkin pie. The total cost is $119.99; To know: Orders must […]

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