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Living with Cancer – and with Joy

Kenon Neal has been diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer which metastasized to her liver, after battling cancer in various forms, on and off, over the past 28 years. Despite health challenges, she doesn’t use words like “struggle.” She uses words like “opportunity” and “appreciation.” It’s not easy, she says. But it is a privilege to joyfully live out your days, […]

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CaringBridge: 17 Years of Sharing Love

Love.  Can’t see it.  Can’t hear it.   Can’t touch it.  Can’t smell it.  Can’t taste it.  Or can you? At CaringBridge.org there is evidence of all five senses embracing love. Seeing a journal entry from your Aunt and knowing what is happening with your Uncle – there is love. Hearing the tone of voice in a guestbook entry – there is […]

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The “More Caring Messages” Greeting Card Contest Winners

A photographer, a dedicated friend, a doctor: each of these individuals brought a unique point of view that resulted in a winning card in the “More Caring Messages” greeting card contest from CaringBridge and Hallmark Cards. The winners included Holly Hildreth of Columbus, O.H., Elaine Mathis of Irmo, S.C., and Dr. Michelle Brosnan of Roslyn Heights, N.Y. Their entries were […]

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Photographing the Journey: Pictures in Storytelling

Sometimes, words fail us. And unfortunately, sometimes they fail when we need them most: to explain the pain or suffering, or exalt in joy. To convey a tenderness or a fragility, a vulnerability or power. Sometimes words, as wonderful as they can be—soothing or life-affirming or hilarious or kind—are fraught with baggage, tone, motives. Or our mental thesaurus goes missing […]

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A Story that Started Right Here: Journaling About Cancer

Writing is something I have always enjoyed (well, with the exception of required research papers.) But a busy lifestyle as a teacher and mother hadn’t allowed time for much more than an annual holiday letter these past years. Being on a medical leave during my breast cancer treatment brought my fingers to the keyboard, though. The intention was to share […]

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