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Sharing Stories Can Ease Symptoms of Illness

Sharing stories helps people cope.

When times are tough, it can feel good to share stories and feelings. Research says that for people dealing with a health journey, both telling and listening to stories can help them cope and even reduce symptoms of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and other conditions. Caregivers can use […]

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How to Collect Family Oral Histories

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Stories are incredibly powerful ways to connect families. Take my grandfather’s stories. He was never a man to brag, but by asking him a few questions, I discovered that he lived a remarkable life. One year, I spent several winter afternoons with him and a tape recorder, asking him to […]

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Caregiving Alone? How to Get the Caregiving Help You Need

Caregivers Can Ask for Help

Anyone coping with a difficult health journey needs a caregiver – someone who steps up as their advocate, cook, errand-runner, communicator, valet, secret shopper and much more. If you’re that caregiver, you know the reality check: time is limited, you can’t be everywhere at once, and there are always unforeseen […]

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Maddy’s Story – Reaching Out with the Promise of Love

The power of reaching out.

In 2001, Cheryl Karpen received a desperate phone call from a father – and old friend – whose daughter had tried to end her life. “Maddy trusts you,” he said. “Won’t you please reach out to her?” At 16, his daughter was fighting a hard battle to fit in and […]

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“Hope Conquers All” Interview with Author Sona Mehring

Author discusses “Hope Conquers All”

Author Sona Mehring is the founder of CaringBridge.org – the online social network that helps people negotiate health journeys in the best possible way: supported by all the love, hope, and compassion their families and friends can share with them. Now She Has a Book, “Hope Conquers All” Her new […]

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