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Putting Pain in the Past: Palliative Care

Several years ago, I met a young woman (I will call her Catherine) who received a new diagnosis of leukemia. Not surprisingly, she and her family were overwhelmed with the news. She had always been so healthy. While her illness was serious, she was actively in treatment and had every hope for recovery. At the same time, she was exhausted […]

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Coolin’ Off with Healthier Homemade Popsicles

Summer days are supposed to be filled with swimming, sunscreen and of course–ice cream! But before you reach for the ice cream scoop, consider making your own popsicles at home. They’re not only healthier, but they taste far better than anything you can buy at the store. Why make your own popsicles? There are a few reasons: You know exactly […]

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Sisters and Best Friends, Conquering Challenges Together

There’s a saying out there about being kind to people no matter what, because we’re all fighting our own battles. In the Geist family, they’ve experienced two battles. One is now, thankfully, conquered—18-year-old Greta’s fight against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is coming to a close, as recent tests came back showing no signs of her cancer. “I felt relief, happiness, and excitement […]

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An Important Lesson: Living in the Moment

I learned an important lesson over the last two years: living through a traumatic experience can bring some life lessons home, even when you don’t think that you need them. On January 2, 2012, my life was changed forever when I received that knock on the door. As the wife of a police officer, a knock on the door can […]

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Creating Hope Together: Surround PTSD with Support

The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are significant: someone suffering from the disorder feels stressed and frightened, even when there is no threat or danger. But researcher Dr. Steffany J. Fredman of Pennsylvania State University has zeroed in on how the effects of PTSD also can extend to loved ones. Through her research, she’s identified important ways that friends, […]

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