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Seven Ways to Use Humor for Healing

It’s tough to maintain your sense of humor when you’re in pain, recovering, cooped up — or giving care to someone who’s dealing with these challenges. But using humor as a coping technique can defuse stress, brighten your general outlook and enhance your overall health. Laughing at life’s difficulties (or at least smiling at them) can help you see situations […]

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My Own Silver Linings Playbook: Laughing at My Cancer

I don’t take offense when people call me wacky, offbeat or different. I can’t deny that I find humor in unlikely places. But was cancer really a laughing matter? Well sure, when it was my cancer. Of course I was scared. Yes I held my breath waiting for the results of pathology reports and PET scans. I worried about all the things most […]

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Developing a Voice for Your Illness

In 2012, I wrote a blog post titled, “Stories of illness and the capacity to empower, inspire and heal”. In it, I discussed the three main types of illness stories: the restitution narrative, which focuses on the return to health; the chaos narrative, which can’t imagine the return to health; and the quest narrative, whose narrator seeks to help others […]

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What does “togetherness” mean to you?

Caregivers Help Create a Whole New Meaning for the Word By Sona Mehring, Founder and CEO of CaringBridge We asked our CaringBridge community the “togetherness” question to in early November, and for a while saw only a trickle of responses. But a few days before Thanksgiving, something happened. The trickle became a flood of thoughtful, personal and often inspiring messages. […]

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