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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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Volunteering: Showing Kids How Giving Can Give Back

Volunteering with my daughter has become a very important part of our world. My daughter Olivia suffered from learning disorders in elementary school. We worked with the school to get her grades up, but she was still bullied and didn’t have any friends. As she grew she made friends, but as an outgoing young lady she wanted more, so we […]

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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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Chemo vs. Taste Buds: The Culinary Side Effects of Cancer

When my dad was diagnosed with Stage IV Colorectal cancer in May of 2012, the last thing our family wanted to give up was our favorite pastime: eating. But chemotherapy does more to the appetite than cause nausea; it affects the way things feel and taste. Rather than let his treatments kick us in the palate, we problem-solved ways to […]

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Summertime Family Camps: Time Together, Memories Forever

My family is fun, silly, loving and, well, crazy–but in the best sense possible. Like many families, we have our own challenges and life situations to work through. My big brother has cerebral palsy. You probably wouldn’t know it if you looked at him–he is affected most in his cognitive abilities. Though he is 37, he is unable to understand […]

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