Category: Miscellaneous

May 04

Laughter IS Good Medicine!

    It’s been said “Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper—it doesn’t permanently solve any problems, but it does make things more acceptable for a while.” How long has it been since you had a good laugh? There’s nothing funny about cancer, but every time we laugh, it reminds us we’re still alive and …

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Apr 27

A Place to Call Home

  Our world could use some good news couldn’t it? In many ways it’s a frightening time in which to be living; wars, rumors of wars, the constant threat of terrorism, the ups and downs of the stock market, violence in the classrooms, so many friends and relatives with cancer, families torn apart by abuse …

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Mar 23

Encouraging a Depressed Loved One

  The word “encourage” means to inspire or fill someone with courage, spirit or hope. But how in the world do you encourage someone who is depressed? To answer that difficult question, I’d like to share some thoughts from the book New Light on Depression by David Biebel, D.Min. and Harold Koenig, M.D. “Family members, loved …

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Mar 16

That’s Not Fair!

  Remember when you were a kid and indignantly informed your parents: “That’s not fair!” They probably responded with some important information for you: “Life’s not fair.” Their response only made you madder! Nobody who’s being treated unfairly wants to hear it. It’s a logical response to a heartfelt emotion. But the longer we live, …

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Mar 09

David vs. Goliath

  If you or your loved one is up again a particularly scary diagnosis, I encourage you to think of the shepherd boy David as he went into battle armed only with a slingshot and five pebbles to fight against the giant Goliath. Do you know what his battle cry was? He wasn’t like The …

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Jan 27

The Mind, Heart & Soul of a Survivor

Dear friend, I wish you well on your — or your loved one’s– journey with cancer. I wish you a heart that has found the right attitude — a positive, realistic attitude. I wish you a mind that has found peace — by replacing worries with better thoughts and by focusing on the present and …

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