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The Pressure to Thank Everyone

When I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, fibrosarcoma, the outpouring of support from family, dear friends, friends-of-friends, and even complete strangers was overwhelming. The Challenge to Thank Everyone I so genuinely wanted to express my appreciation for each gesture.  And yet the juggle of daily cancer treatment, a 7-month-old baby, and two careers (all while living out-of-state […]

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Adoption and Online Privacy: What You Should Know

The day before my husband and I flew to Ethiopia to meet our new two-year-old daughter and three-year-old son, we needed to fulfill one last adoption agency requirement: a full day of training on “adopting the older child.” I will always be grateful to our instructors, a pair of veteran adoptive moms, who candidly offered up their knowledge, insight, and […]

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Managing Grief During the Holidays

For those who are experiencing pain or loss, the holidays can be a sticky wicket. For the past few Christmases, my family has had to find ways to face the happiest time of year, during one of the darkest seasons – my husband’s battle with ALS. It’s been an imperfect process, but I hope our discoveries can help you and […]

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Preparing for the Unexpected. Two Things Everyone Should Do.

Nobody wants to think about end of life planning when they’re in the thick of things, picking up kids from daycare and planning family vacations. Additionally, nobody wants to think that they could need advance planning because of a tragic accident or an unexpected illness. However, if you could make things easier for those left behind, wouldn’t you want to […]

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The Best Decision I Could Make

Julia is an energetic almost five year old who is happy to have started kindergarten this fall. She loves playing with her little sister, running, laughing, singing and dancing. It’s hard to believe that she’s been through nearly three years of chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She missed birthday parties, holidays, play dates and many other fun things kids her […]

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