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Embracing Pain: An Alternative

“Pain can be endured and defeated only if it is embraced. Denied or feared, it grows.” ~ Dean Koontz, Velocity The discomfort relief industry is a multibillion-dollar one. There are medicines to relieve headache, stomach distress, sore throats, back spasms–seems like if there’s a complaint, there’s a medicine meant to treat it. But I can’t […]

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Not ‘Normal’ Anymore: Complicated Bereavement

I am not just the founding mother, but am also the most decorated member of my children’s fan club. At rallies I come equipped with buttons, balloons and noise-makers, wearing electric blue shirts with the kids’ names inscribed.  I’m a complete embarrassment, but I want my support known. Their spouses can’t hold a candle to […]

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Stupid Things People Say To Those With Cancer–REPRISE

Honestly, I thought I’d pretty much run the gamut of foolish or useless things people when they first hear about a friend or acquaintance’s cancer diagnosis. I was pretty confident that “You Will Never Go Broke Underestimating the Intelligence of the American Public:” Things People Say To Those With Cancer covered a lot of ground […]

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Mental Illness Awareness Week

I know, I know. Another Awareness week.  These things can get old fast. But behind each Awareness Day, Week or Month that we cover is an intricate tale of unmanaged suffering too painful to overlook. You might think mental illness (MI) affects only a small few–but you’d be thinking wrong. According to Kessler et al […]

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