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Stories of illness and the capacity to empower, inspire, and heal

I am a fiction writer and educator living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I teach at the Loft Literary Center, a nonprofit organization offering writing classes. I first became interested in the topic of healing when I heard an interview with Siddhartha Mukherjee. He commented on the relationship between narrative and illness. In his book The Emperor of All Maladies, he […]

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Reshaping your dreams

In her recent WebMD post, guest blogger Karin Gelschus offers an intimate look into her life with lupus. She shares memories of backyard hockey and her childhood dream of playing on an Olympic team. Later, as a young adult, she yearned to be a writer. That came true when she landed a job at a national magazine. As symptoms of […]

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How does a martyr ask for help? She doesn’t.

Back to my status as martyr. For some history on this, read my first blog post, Top 3 reasons why I’m a martyr…not a caregiver. In dealing with cancer in my family, these unexpected people began to pop up in my life in roles I never would’ve assigned to them. Some people I knew well, but there were some people I […]

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I can’t know exactly how you feel, but I’m willing to hear about it

People who have gone through a health event understand that their challenging and life-altering experiences can also be instructive. The experiences people have and the lessons they learn are different for every individual. And we can’t know how people really feel during these difficult times — we can only imagine it based on how we feel or have felt. That […]

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Does privacy exist on social networks?

With all the controversy Facebook has dealt with regarding the use of personal information, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at privacy and social networks. How Facebook ran Afoul of the Federal Trade Commission If you haven’t followed the news about Facebook, it ran into some trouble with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC accused […]

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