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Category Archive: Emotional Support


Self-Care for Caregivers: Tips on Balancing Your Own Needs with Those You Care For

How to Balance Your Needs With Those You Care For.

Taking care of someone else is a selfless act of love, but it can easily become overwhelming. If you are a caregiver, you know how easy it is to put the needs of the person for whom you’re helping before your own. While it’s rewarding, it may also lead to […]

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How do you treat your child like a “normal” kid after treatment for a serious illness?

How long does a recovering child need special treatment?

Is “normal” just a setting on the washing machine? Is it possible to treat a child who has undergone cancer treatment as a normal kid? My immediate reaction is absolutely not! Even after completing treatment almost four years ago, I cannot do it no matter how hard I try. I […]

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Craft gifts you make in minutes, but are loved forever

Caregivers can easily make this fleece craft project.

Signe Peterson isn’t a fan of idle hands. A CaringBridge volunteer and sometimes-caregiver, she often makes crafts for people who might need a little day-brightening. “This no-sew fleece craft project is inspired by my sister,” says Signe. “When she graduated from high school she and her friends, to remember each […]

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Stories of illness and the capacity to empower, inspire, and heal

Stories that heal come in many forms, from many sources.

I am a fiction writer and educator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I teach at the Loft Literary Center, a nonprofit organization offering writing classes. I first became interested in the topic of healing when I heard an interview with Siddhartha Mukherjee. He commented on the relationship between narrative and […]

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Reshaping your dreams

There is strength in an extended health social network.

In her recent WebMD post, guest blogger Karin Gelschus offers an intimate look into her life with lupus. She shares memories of backyard hockey and her childhood dream of playing on an Olympic team. Later, as a young adult, she yearned to be a writer. That came true when she […]

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