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Ellen Burkhardt

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

Finding Support for a NICU baby – Kaitlyn’s Story

Kaitlyn, Jessica, and their family after Kaitlyn came home from the NICU.

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 […]

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Finding a Positive Outlook to Help Others Heal

Candice and Tim S. – Skydiving Recovery

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 […]

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Hope After a Diagnosis of Li-Fraumeni

Hope after Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Diagnosis

The thought of trying to keep everyone updated on both Brent and Laura’s conditions was overwhelming, especially as part of Brent’s treatment involved spending months in New York, 500 miles away from their home in Ohio. CaringBridge, Ann says, has allowed her to stay connected to friends and family, as […]

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

Woman feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep.

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 […]

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Mind Works: 8 Tips for Keeping Your Brain Sharp, Focused and Ready for Action

8 Tips for Keeping your Brain Sharp

The idea of working out one’s brain may seem strange. But treating the brain as a muscle (it’s not: it’s an organ) and regularly exercising it can reduce the risk of dementia by as much as 63-percent, according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine. Here are […]

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