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What to Say When There Is Nothing to Say

Mark Myers | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Myers

Not a word was spoken and I promptly fell apart in his embrace. I cried like I had never cried in my life. He just held on for the ride. What my friend Steve gave me that day was the very essence of what to say when there is nothing to say:

Turning Breast Cancer Into a Beautiful Detour: A Bold Survivor's Story

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 01.29.2016 | Women
Amy Oestreicher

Sometimes all it takes is a story to let us know we're capable of turning our lives around. Perhaps we just need to get over that hump, or we're craving that tender nudge that pushes us in the right direction, even if it's headed uphill.

13 Products You Didn't Know You Needed For Sick Days With Little Ones

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.26.2016 | Parents

These absurdly genius sick-day essentials are just what you need to ease the stress of sniffle patrol.

Waking Up Sick

Brandon Nappi | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Brandon Nappi

My first impulse is resistance. I'll simply pretend that the icy pulsing around the envelope of my stomach is not happening. It's 1:48 a.m. Maybe I...

What Not To Say About Grief

Mark Myers | Posted 01.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Mark Myers

When one is at the start of a long, twisted road that includes the potential mortality of their child, words simply cannot soothe. They can, however, aggravate. So I thought it might be helpful to look at some things that struck us the wrong way when we were facing our crisis.

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - I'm Sick

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 01.11.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

When raising children, we often try to shield them from problems and stress. We don't let them know that the mortgage is two months behind. We don't share our marital problems with them. And we do what we can to make sure they are happy, feel loved, and have the best chance to succeed in life.

4 Life Lessons Surviving Cancer Taught Me

Rachael Yahne | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Most people ask me: "What was that like?" I think what they really want to know is what did I learn. They don't want the stories of the needles and hospital beds, so I'll spare you the details too, but I'll share these three essential, earth-shaking lessons I took with me after the battle.

Do You Really Need To Get a Flu Shot?

Thrillist | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Thrillist

These PSAs make it seem like getting a flu shot is easy and obvious, but every year, the majority of American adults choose NOT to make that long, difficult trek to the pharmacy on the corner. So should you? We won't tell you what to do, but we'll help you think through it.

7 Tips For Surviving The Holidays When Kids (Or Grandkids) Are Sick

Teresa Kindred | Posted 11.26.2015 | Fifty
Teresa Kindred

When my children were small I could always count on one thing; if they were going to be sick it would be on the weekend or a holiday. I called it Murphy's Law of parenting. I didn't realize that once we had grandchildren the cycle would start over.

Seniors Understand the Value of Life

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Edwin Leap, MD

The elderly want to fight death the same way we all do. Because life is incredible. And in fact, we should want them around. They have navigated many decades and many challenges. They have wisdom and they have perspective to spare and to share.

Everything You Need to Know About Not Getting Sick This Winter

Thrillist | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Thrillist

By: Nicholas Knock Credit: Flickr/Hernán Piñera Winter: it's the worst! Not only are you cooped up inside, but you're stuck there fighting some v...

What You Should (And Shouldn't) Eat When You're Sick

Thrillist | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Thrillist

The time will inevitably come when your immune system fails at its ONE JOB, and you'll get sick. Out come the pillows and Netflix, but as you ride out the illness, you also need to eat. You may know that trying to kill those germs with alcohol isn't the smartest, but what should you consume?

6 Ways to Be Better at Visiting Your Friend in the Hospital

Avelist | Posted 10.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Avelist

Everyone wants to do their best, so here is some advice on what to do and what not do to help your hospitalized friend, coming from someone who has been the one in that hospital bed.

"The Healing of the World"

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

Jesus proclaimed "The Kingdom of God is at hand!" He delivered the inwardly afflicted and healed the sick. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus heals lepers, the lame, the blind, and those suffering from other ailments, furthering God's redemptive work in the world.

It's a Very Personal Fight

Shana Thornton | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Shana Thornton

"It's as personal as it can get. There are good days and bad ones, but it's a very personal fight worth staying in the long run for. He's my grandson...

The Realities Of Wedding Dress Shopping With An Ostomy Bag

Amy Oestreicher | Posted 09.04.2015 | Weddings
Amy Oestreicher

I felt the pressure to fit into the gowns I saw as I flipped through bridal magazines. Every photograph I looked at seemed to promote skin-tight satin and buttoned-up bodices. How would a backless gown look with a colossal surgical scar running down my back?

What I Learned From Being Sick

Rachel Hollis | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachel Hollis

About a year and a half ago I was really sick. When it first started I thought maybe I was fighting the flu or that I wasn't getting enough sleep. B...

Salmonella Is On The Rise: Stop Cuddling With Your Chickens

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Some people simply can't resist letting their pets sleep with them. But curling up with cats and dogs is one thing. Cuddling with chickens? That's a whole different one.

Medical Debt and a Citizen Call for a New Declaration of Independence

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.02.2015 | Business
Jerry Ashton

Now that the Supreme Court has once again upheld the legal foundations of the Affordable Care Act, and the proper celebrating and hand-wringing has had its day, it's time to reveal the real winner of that program. America's bill collectors.

The Real Dangers Of Flying, According To A Pilot

Supercompressor | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Supercompressor

Turns out there are a few. Hoooraaaaay.

A Father's Day Card That Made a Difference

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Norma Cook Everist

One more thing: Relationships themselves can be transformed. No matter what the nature of our human relationships, we are transformed across generations, across the miles, around the world, connected in order to love and support one another on Father's Day and every week of the year in times of health or sickness.

From Grr To Gratitude

Christine Carter | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter

In the big picture, this was really nothing. We have dealt with much more sickness and procedures and surgeries and longer bouts of misery than this. But by the last hour of this struggle, my daughter's moaning and crying got the best of me and I lost it.

What the Living Can Learn From the Dying

Kristina Cowan | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristina Cowan

Beauty exists in the middle of tragedy. A child gets cancer. A friend commits suicide. A parent is plagued by anxiety and depression. Sooner or later, such messes find us. If we wade into them with an exploring mindset, our discoveries can be startling in their beauty and alter our perspective on life.

The Gift My Grandma Gave to Me

Mary McLaurine | Posted 05.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mary McLaurine

I was honored that it was me she chose to share her last breath with, that it was my face she chose as her last to gaze upon and my voice she wanted to hear lulling her gently into God's loving arms.

Life After Death: When Looks Are Deceiving

Melissa Gould | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Gould

I know in time, things will feel better. It really does help heal. I still have some really sad days. I have some incredibly happy days, too. On a lot of days, I feel both. But still I grieve... which for now, is exactly what I need to do.