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News Becomes Interactive: Turning Articles Into Open Discussions Online

0 Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 7:36 AM

In an interactive form of news media never seen before, bloggers for The Huffington Post have begun inviting readers to openly discuss fresh, innovative ideas, join in impromptu support groups, or engage in healthy educated debate via the comments section of articles, on personal Facebook pages, or both.

Facilitated...

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The Emotional Abuse Secret: Why Kim K. Deserves a Thank You

6 Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 1:17 PM

Say what you want about Kim Kardashian, say she's a no talent, say she's famous for a sex tape, but what many women are saying behind closed doors, or thinking because they are too ashamed to say it, is thank you.

Kim's relationship experience appears to have started like...

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A Christmas Miracle

1 Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 1:52 PM

The first time I heard the wish was in April, a full eight months before Christmas, when most children have forgotten that Santa is watching and are busy planning their April vacation.

My Son, X, and I were sitting around on the floor, playing games, when X said seriously, "Mom,...

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P.S. I Love You: Creating a Digital Farewell File

2 Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 6:35 PM

When I found out I was terminally ill, the idea of leaving behind a legacy weighed on me, but not as heavily as the idea that I could leave behind a child with little or no memories of me and the values I had dreamed of instilling in him. I'd...

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Things to Never Do When Someone Tells You They Have Cancer

123 Comments | Posted November 13, 2011 | 11:31 AM

The first time someone uttered the words, "You still have hope" in response to my cancer, I almost slapped them. When an RN said these words -- meant to comfort me -- I raged. I was planning on a little more than hope.

But their mistake isn't unique. With cancer...

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How to Shop to Boost the Middle Class This Season

9 Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 10:00 PM

The 2011 holiday season is fast approaching and, as with tradition, off-shore factories are kicking into high gear to meet American's mass consumer needs, but this year's Occupy Wall St.'s War on Poverty has brought a new form of enlightenment to shopping, and believe it or not, it's possible to...

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Insider Tips to Avoid Medical Bankruptcy

7 Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 12:07 PM

I received good news last week: My new miracle-maker doctor may keep me on my current cancer medication, which has allowed me to live a relatively healthy and normal life, for a whole year!

This is great news for a person who has fought off Hodgkin's lymphoma for 5.5...

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Yes, There Is an Upside to Being Terminally Ill

6 Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 2:09 AM

Go head, read the title again then pick your mouth up off the floor. You read right. I'm talking about the positives of being terminally ill, the upside of going down.

What makes me such an expert on this topic you may wonder? The answer is simple. After two...

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Inner Beauty Over Banter (and Bra Size)

29 Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 4:20 PM

I know exactly when the heads stopped turning to stare at me, when men stopped tripping over themselves to open my door, or when I knew I wouldn't be carded, and absolutely would be paying for my own drink.

Life is different for beautiful women. I know: I was...

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The Opportunity in Loss

5 Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 6:45 PM

Before I had cancer, I cringed when the dog brought in sand from outside. My husband and I argued about whether the silverware should be put face up or face down in the dishwasher. Our house was never clean enough even though I'd spend at least eight hours "perfecting" it....

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Why I Considered Assisted Suicide

10 Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Jack Kevorkian's death this past week has, again, brought his campaign for "death with dignity" into the forefront, but even with all the attention on legality and ethics, there hasn't been much said about the real, underlying question of why the terminally ill kill themselves. I never thought I'd be...

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Parenting With Cancer: Uncharted Territory

4 Comments | Posted June 5, 2011 | 11:10 AM

Parenting doesn't come with a manual that will prepare you for each and every possible situation for your little individual, but what happens when raising a child is combined with, not only a manual-less situation, but with completely unchartered territory, like fighting a life-threatening disease that once killed in months...

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The Realities of Painkillers, Addiction and Chronic Conditions

1 Comments | Posted May 30, 2011 | 7:42 AM

"Sometimes I just give him saline instead of ativan. He asks for it so much. He's not THAT anxious." The nurse whispered to me.

I peered at the patient sitting paralyzed in his wheelchair, head up, exposing the hole and tube in his neck breathing for him. The plastic...

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Health Reform Opponents to the Desperately Ill: Need Money for Treatment? Hold a Bake Sale!

5 Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:04 AM

I had to choose between tires and treatment for stage 4 Lymphoma this winter. Needless to say, my jeep has been skidding around out of control all winter. Now I need new tires, replacement windshield wipers, and a new tail light.

And amidst a recent chemo-induced illness, one that had...

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I Considered A "Medicaid Divorce" When Cancer Began Bankrupting Me

14 Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 6:29 PM

It's a common mistake almost everybody makes, the assumption that everything is going perfectly when your friend keeps a smile on their face. Often with me people assume I'm healthy because I've managed to care for my son by bringing him to and from school, playing with him in the...

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