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The Heart of Hope

I was nervous the first time I stepped through the door of an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge®. It’s a free place for adult patients to stay when their best treatment options are far from home. Despite the hopeful name, I thought it might be depressing. I had no idea I’d entered a place that would significantly impact me. Arriving […]

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Alopecia Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment

September is designated Alopecia Awareness Month by the National Alopecia Areata Foundation (NAAF). The purpose of this post is to inform the reader about alopecia areata, a common form of hair loss that affects over 6 million Americans. Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune type of hair loss due to unknown causes. In this condition the body’s own immune system […]

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Breast Cancer: Laughing ’Til It Hurts

As I discussed in my first two posts, I successfully used humor to make it through my breast cancer diagnosis and a battery of tests and doctors. But surgery and treatment are where the rubber meets the road. Until I had my bilateral mastectomy, I had never once been a hospital patient or even had so much as a stitch. […]

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Caring for the Caregiver

Well-meaning friends and relatives may say to those caring for a loved one with a serious illness that “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” But you do not have to handle it alone. Caregiving can be relentless, exhausting and overwhelming. For sole caregivers, there can be a sense of loneliness and isolation. People often assume that palliative […]

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What An ALS Family REALLY Thinks About the Ice Bucket Challenge

The following post originally appeared on Bo Stern’s blog in response to the viral success of the ALS Ice Bucket challenge–a challenge that CaringBridge staff enthusiastically took on. Well, we are on week two of the very-viral very-everywhere ALS ice bucket challenge. I know, I know, I can hear the groans…it started out cute and now it’s out-of-control. Played. Clogging up […]

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