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To The Strangers Who Performed CPR On My Partner

Rebecca Bratspies | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Bratspies

On March 31, 2014, two young men suddenly appeared in a dark alley in Pittsburgh. Their subsequent encounter with my partner, Allen, changed our lives forever. It turns out Pittsburgh is a pretty good place to have a massive heart attack. But for these two strangers, Allen would undoubtedly have died that night.

The Patient Experience: The Importance of Care, Communication, and Compassion in the Hospital Room

Brian Boyle | Posted 04.01.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

The world is full of unknowns. We were a normal family living a happy life, and then one day, a near fatal car accident changed everything.

Small Things Big Wins in Health Care

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

When it comes to the recovery of a patient, no matter how small an improvement is, there is still a level of improvement that is taking place. Something as subtle as the blink of an eye can be a monumental milestone because in that split second you are witnessing a speck of light in a world that had the possibility of remaining in complete darkness.

Positive Thinking: The Key to Parmalee's Wild Ride

Daleen Berry | Posted 03.28.2015 | Entertainment
Daleen Berry

Parmalee has had a wild ride over the last four years, one that almost didn't happen, after the Thomas brothers became victims of an attempted robbery in September 2010. "They had me at gunpoint and they fired on us," Matt said, "and Scott was basically just protecting (us)."

You Can Be Completely Mentally Alert While In A Coma

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living

When Martin Pistorius was 12, he was felled by a mysterious illness that slowly stripped him of his ability to move and speak. Doctors told his parent...

Never Limit Where Running Can Take You

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

To be able to not only walk, but to run is a beautiful thing.

Improving Patient and Family Engagement in the Hospital Room

Brian Boyle | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Brian Boyle

Back in 2004, my care providers explained to me that they were able to save my life because they had the latest state-of-the-art technology at that point in time. If it were ten years earlier, they told me that things could have been a lot different.

Are We Playing God By Consciously Choosing Life Or Death?

Dr. Misee Harris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Misee Harris

I am thankful to live in a society where such beliefs can be freely developed and expressed. My hope as a health care professional is for a higher commitment to public awareness and a deeper understanding of how the human body works.

Robert Kirkman Shoots Down That Huge 'Walking Dead' Fan Theory

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.25.2014 | Entertainment

"Walking Dead" creator Robert Kirkman has officially put an end to the one huge fan theory that would've completely ruined the series. Rick Grimes ...

Live a Life That Matters

Brian Boyle | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

When I watched the sunrise during my morning jog, I realized something. A smile came to my face because I realized that I'm alive, healthy and it has officially been ten years since my near fatal car accident.

Man Who Awoke From Coma Just In Time Shares His Story, Urges Us To 'Find The Miracle Within'

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 06.04.2014 | Good News

One college student went from comatose to tearing up the basketball court in under three years. His secret? Hard work and determination. In October...

My Visit With the Students From the University of Southern Indiana

Brian Boyle | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

Later that evening I shared my story in the auditorium, and the message I focused on dealt with the subject of motivation and goal setting. I stressed that we all have our own experiences in life that have made us who we are.

Son Was In A Coma For 31 Years, While His Family Stood By Him

AP | JOHN ROGERS | Posted 01.26.2014 | Los Angeles

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Paul Cortez can remember the night 31 years ago as clearly as if it was last week. He had walked into the pediatric intensiv...

Blood Donation: Giving the Gift of Life This Holiday Season

Brian Boyle | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

As a former ICU patient, I experienced this first hand by observing the love and support from my parents, family, friends, and medical team. In my darkest moments in the hospital, they were there to help guide me through, and they did.

Compassion for All Viewpoints: When the Jain Principle of Anekantavada Meets Practice

JAINA | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
JAINA

The Jain principle of anekantavad is about respecting the variety of perspectives in the world, but it has its roots in the interconnectedness of all beings.

The Power of the Voice Is Amplified When the Message Is of Gratitude

Brian Boyle | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

After several attempts to get me to saw a few syllables, one lucky day it just happened out of nowhere. My respiratory therapist attached a speaking valve, and I tried to sound out a few words and all of a sudden I began talking.

Dr. Eben Alexander Says It's Time for Brain Science to Graduate From Kindergarten

Ingrid Peschke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ingrid Peschke

I read Proof of Heaven when it was first released, and I met Dr. Alexander briefly at a talk he gave in New Bedford, Mass. in the spring, but I relished having an hour of his time recently to discuss the questions I'd considered since I first followed his story in the headlines.

A New Frontier? Novel Brain Activity Observed in Flatlined Patient

Joanna Rothkopf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Joanna Rothkopf

Anyone who has observed a relative or friend in a coma knows just how eerie the phenomenon can be.

Jerry Rice on the 49ers, Dedication to the Game, and Changing His Past if He Could

Graham Bensinger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Graham Bensinger

Jerry Rice shares some memorable moments from his illustrious 20-year career from the disappointing start of his rookie season to his three Super Bowl championships with the San Francisco 49ers.

Motivation at Its Maximum

Brian Boyle | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

Brian volunteering at a Red Cross event in Connecticut before the Hartford Marathon When we are born, we are given the gift of a lifetime. However,...

Brain Scans Yield Big Surprise About Comas

LiveScience | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 09.19.2013 | Science

When a patient's brain falls completely silent, and electrical recordings devices show a flat line, reflecting a lack of brain activity, doctors cons...

Participated in the Malibu Triathlon in Honor of My Blood Donors

Brian Boyle | Posted 09.13.2013 | Good News
Brian Boyle

This past weekend I participated in the Malibu triathlon, which is a race that I've always wanted to do ever since I entered the sport.

'Dead' Hospital Patient Awoke To Doctors Preparing To Remove Her Organs

Posted 07.11.2013 | Healthy Living

In 2009, Colleen S. Burns was on a hospital table. She had been pronounced dead, and doctors were preparing to remove her organs. Then she woke up. ...

Esquire Finds Reasons to Doubt Simon & Schuster's Proof of Heaven

Paul Raeburn | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
Paul Raeburn

I gathered that fact from a fascinating story in the August Esquire by Luke Dittrich, in which Dittrich comes as close as one could, without access to Alexander's private thoughts, to showing that the book was a cynical effort to provide a new career for a neurosurgeon whose career was being consumed by malpractice suits.

To Achieve Your Dreams, Quitting is Not an Option

Brian Boyle | Posted 05.29.2013 | Impact
Brian Boyle

In the summer of 2004 I remember sitting on my hospital bed and trying my best to be positive in such a tragic situation, but it wasn't easy. Years later I achieved one of my goals and competed in the Hawaii Ironman.