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Breast Cancer: Laughing ’Til It Hurts

As I discussed in my first two posts, I successfully used humor to make it through my breast cancer diagnosis and a battery of tests and doctors. But surgery and treatment are where the rubber meets the road. Until I had my bilateral mastectomy, I had never once been a hospital patient or even had so much as a stitch. […]

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What An ALS Family REALLY Thinks About the Ice Bucket Challenge

The following post originally appeared on Bo Stern’s blog in response to the viral success of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge–a challenge that CaringBridge staff enthusiastically took on. Well, we are on week two of the very-viral very-everywhere ALS ice bucket challenge. I know, I know, I can hear the groans…it started out cute and now it’s out-of-control. Played. Clogging up […]

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Keep Calm and Rock On—Despite Cancer

“I won’t give you up mom; you can be my mom forever.” Those were the words of my then three-year-old as we cuddled before bed on August 11, 2013. I held back the tears because I didn’t want to upset her. My three- and four-year-old daughters weren’t aware that I was diagnosed with advanced Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma just three days before. […]

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Back to School after Surviving Cancer: One Boy’s Story

Summer is soon over and the anticipation of the upcoming school year is here. It’s time for children to say goodbye to bonfires and swimming and hello to schedules, desks and books. It is a time for new beginnings and endless possibilities for most children. For my two healthy children, it is just that. But for my son Gavin, who […]

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The Opportunity and Challenge of International Forgiveness Day

Sunday, August 3 is International Forgiveness Day. In honor of the occasion, therapist Kristie McDonald offers her thoughts on the hows and whys of taking the path to forgiveness. We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the […]

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