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Sharing Stories Can Ease Symptoms of Illness

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 this knowledge to help their loved ones express themselves in […]

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How to Collect Family Oral Histories

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 tell me his favorite memories. He talked about growing up […]

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Caregiving Alone? How to Get the Caregiving Help You Need

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 emergencies large and small. We get it, and we’re here […]

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

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 belong at school, but felt only rejection. While her parents and […]

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“Hope Conquers All” Interview with Author Sona Mehring

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 book is a collection of warm, uplifting stories by some […]

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