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A life lived with fat—my health journey

As a writer for CaringBridge, I try to be an Amplifier in all that I do for my day-to-day work activities. I find it so rewarding to play a part in supporting people facing any health condition—whether big or small, acute or long term—and those who care for them. However, I knew there was more I could offer you by […]

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Top 3 reasons why I’m a martyr…not a caregiver

Why do I refuse to fall into the category called “CAREGIVER?” There are several reasons I never want to be a caregiver. I started collecting them over a decade ago when I first encountered the term. This list wasn’t a conscious effort, it was born out of a cringing response to brochures and advice handed to me with the challenges […]

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3 new ways to think about stress and find peace of mind

Have you ever thought to yourself, “If only I could rid myself of all the stress in my life, everything would be so much better?” How many times have you heard that stress is harmful and something to be avoided at all cost?  Quote Anthologist Terri Guillemets offers this: “Stress is the trash of modern life—we all generate it but […]

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Ideas for helping your caregiver

I recently read Melissa Bear’s series on “What it is like to be a caregiver.” Melissa, 26, writes about how difficult it was for her to ask for help as she cared for her ill mother every day. I’ve also talked with other people going through caregiving events in their lives, and know that Melissa’s thoughts and feelings are common. […]

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10 things lupus will never take from me: Part 1

CaringBridge staff member Karin Gelschus recently shared a post on WebMD’s A Different Normal blog. It’s easy for people coping with a chronic illness—whether big or small—to focus on the things they can no longer do. Karin opens up about her struggles, having been diagnosed with Lupus at the age of 23. “After one particularly long day, I lay awake […]

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