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Category Archive: Personal Reflections


Anonymous Generosity: A Cancer Quilt

This quilt was anonymously donated to the Dean Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Diagnosis After I was diagnosed with cancer in June 2013, I experienced first-hand the significant impact a small, selfless act can make on a patient’s life. Among all the generous acts of outreach and support I received, one anonymous gift—a cancer quilt—stood out. After the initial diagnosis, I went […]

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A Pledge to Use Technology for Good

2014: A Pledge to Use Technology for Good

I’ve noticed a new trend amongst friends in the last several years. I see ‘Facebook Hiatus’ posts go up around the first of the year and profile photos on various social networks swapped out for ‘on social media vacation.’ I wholeheartedly agree that we all need time to unplug from […]

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Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Relief

Meditation can be a quick and easy way to relax.

Here are some meditation myths: you need at least an hour, an abundance of floor pillows, an affinity for incense, and a private guru to guide you. The truth: As little as 15 minutes a day of simple relaxation techniques help you achieve increased immunity, emotional balance, lower blood pressure, […]

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The Mackall Family’s Definition of Courage

The Mackall Family’s Definition of Courage

In the late hours of a frigid night in January 2012, Officer Frank Mackall was answering a call from dispatch when he hit black ice, lost control of his squad car and slammed into a tree. Frank’s wife, Lisabeth, awoke to a knock on the door informing her that her […]

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Why It’s Worth Making A Health Journey Scrapbook

Why It’s Worth Making A Health Journey Scrapbook

Whether you’re a caregiver or someone receiving care, this is an important time of your life. You might not realize it now, but there are aspects of this journey you’ll want to remember (trust us!). Creating a scrapbook will keep all facets of your health journey in one place. Not […]

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