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Silver Lining

Lemons as Gifts, Viruses for Good, Failure for Success and College Graduation: A Well-Intended Tale

Sydney Small | Posted 07.13.2014 | Science
Sydney Small

Despite the fact that viruses can cause humans much pain and suffering, very smart people have determined that they can be remarkable tools for beneficial uses.

'The Silver Lining': An Insightful Guide to the Realities of Breast Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Looking for and finding Silver Linings was essential to my well-being during treatment. They buoyed me and kept my spirits hopeful from the time of my diagnosis throughout my double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery. Silver Linings gave me the balance and perspective to get me through the darkest of days.

Does Every Breakup Have a Silver Lining?

HowAboutWe | Posted 10.12.2013 | Women
HowAboutWe

I can't dispute the fact that breakups are the worst. But sometimes, they are also the best. However brief the co-mingling of our lives tends to be, there is some part of them that makes us happy that can linger long after the shininess of a new relationship has dulled to a dingy afterthought.

The Oklahoma Tornado: How to Talk to Children About Tragedy and Disaster

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The important thing to know is that children take their coping cues from us, the trusted adults in their lives. This isn't to say that we should cover our emotions. Not at all. Rather, we need to model healthy coping mechanisms for our children.

Playing Reverse Dodge Ball After a Cancer Diagnosis

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

We have two choices about how we handle painful life experiences: from a place of fear or optimism. When I was sick I chose (and it was a very active, decisive choice) optimism in the form of Silver Linings.

3 Ways To Make The Little Moments Count

Polly Campbell | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

Often we are so focused on achieving a particular goal that we don't even see the greater possibilities that come into our life. We sidestep them thinking them to be unrelated or trivial to our mission, when in reality, they offer the very insight or opportunity we need to succeed on our primary path.

Practical Suggestions for Talking With Children About Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Having to tell children about a breast cancer diagnosis is rotten. However, based on my professional experience as a nurse and my personal experience as a patient, I know that including children in the process is the most important thing that adults can do for them.

Role Reversal During Cancer Treatment

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 04.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

A cancer diagnosis doesn't just happen to you. It also happens to your family, friends and community. People who were directly or indirectly impacted by my illness sought to identify their roles in my treatment, to figure out what they could contribute to the experience.

Silver Linings Playbook: An Irreverent But Real Look at Mental Illness

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Part of the message of the movie is that it takes a lot of mutual support for people to be their best selves, whether or not mental illness is involved. And that if we're not afraid of mental illness, and we don't try to hide it, we can help people manage their symptoms and live up to their potential.

Who Cares For The Caregiver?

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 04.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

As a nurse-turned-patient, I can say with 150 percent confidence that being a caregiver involves some of the hardest work in the world. In fact, I can't overstate how difficult being a caregiver is. It is painstakingly difficult, physically, emotionally, socially, psychologically and, it must be said, financially.

Coping With the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

After my fourth round of chemotherapy, I went into what I now refer to as "The Funk Zone." What helped me the most was my ability to put on my nurse's cap (being a nurse was definitely a Silver Lining during my treatment) and assign myself some healthy coping mechanisms.

Cancer Is Not a Gift

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The Silver Linings that I have experienced (and continue to experience!) during my cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery help me get through each and every day. I have a tremendous amount of gratitude for the Silver Linings, but you'll never, ever, not in a million years hear me refer to cancer as a gift.

Activities to Do With Children When a Parent Has Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

When I was diagnosed with cancer, my first thought wasn't about me. Rather (as is the case with most parents), I wondered how on earth I could be a good mom to my daughter who, at the time, was almost 5.

What Having Breast Cancer Has Taught Me

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

When I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago this month, I never asked "Why?" Instead, I wondered, "What am I supposed to learn from this experience?" As it turns out, one of the Silver Linings of my experience with breast cancer was learning some valuable life lessons.

Finding Silver Linings During Breast Cancer

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Pain and sadness are important and valuable feelings that need to be processed during and after any rotten experience. The beauty of Silver Linings is that they don't take away the rain. Rather, they provide an umbrella.

How To Talk With Children About A Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 12.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Including children (of all ages!) in the disease process and treatments, though emotionally burdensome and painful, will ultimately be the greatest gift parents can give their children.

WATCH: Jimmy Fallon Looks On The Bright Side

Posted 10.02.2012 | Comedy

Look, you guys, there's a lot of bad news out there, but every dark cloud has a silver lining. That's why we need Mr. Silver Lining himself, Jimmy Fal...

How to Help a Friend at the End of Life

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 11.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The Silver Lining is that being with a person at the end of life is one of the most sacred and powerful experiences, and there are ways to help you both.

Top 10 Movies To Watch During Chemo

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

The two to three hours spent in chemo are absolutely no fun. There was a Silver Lining though, when I reminded myself that I could watch feel-good, no-brainer movies either on my laptop or iPad.

The Clutter That Comes With Chemo

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Chemo Clutter has many different descriptors: chemo brain, chemo confusion, mind fog. All are terms that describe impairments in cognition resulting (at least in part) from chemo.

Waiting for a Cancer Diagnosis

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 09.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

Waiting for a diagnosis is extraordinarily difficult because it brings up an array of feelings that are hard to hold: anxiety, fear, sadness, frustration, impatience, and powerlessness, to name a few.

Dark Clouds and Silver Linings for Silver-haired Boomers

Michael Sigman | Posted 09.02.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

For millions of boomers passing from 50-something to 60-something, day-to-day life begins to seem like a series of small humiliations.

Oncology + Palliative Care = Winning Team

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 08.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

One big misnomer in our culture is that doctors (solely) develop a patient's plan of care. No. No. No. This could not be farther from the truth! Patients have a real responsibility to be fully engaged in the development (and revision) of a plan of care.

Toxic Side Effects... And How to Get Rid of Them

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 06.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

In the last week, I have come to the realization that I am still having psychic side effects from breast cancer treatment: Just as I was "allergic" to the toxicity of chemo, I am having similar reactions to deleterious behavior in people.

Including Children at Funerals

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 05.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

It is important to prepare children for what they will encounter at each step of the funeral or memorial service. When they know what to expect, children will not be overwhelmed.