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Fight for What We Care for

Bill Marriott | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Bill Marriott

More than a year ago, Donna and I lost our beloved son, Stephen, who had been diagnosed in his teens with a rare mitochondrial disease that slowly cost him his eyesight, his hearing, his strength, and finally, his life. Since then, I have not stopped asking questions. I have not given up on a cure.

Dying With Dignity or Assisted Suicide

Sarah Amento | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Amento

I did not read any interviews, nor did I read posts. I only heard snippets here and there. I did see her beautiful face on the cover of the People mag...

5 Things Brittany Maynard's Example Teaches Us About Death And Dying

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion

UPDATE: Brittany Maynard died on Saturday at the age of 29. "Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love," she wrote in a Facebook post, ...

Keep Brittany Maynard's Legacy Alive and Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Steve Siebold

This whole argument boils down to a simple premise: who is in charge of our lives? Doctors? Politicians? Religious leaders? Or Us? Are we so feeble minded that we cannot be trusted to be responsible for our own existence?

When the Bad News Comes, Be There and Remain Faithful

Martha Nelson | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

This is the final part of a four-part series on death, and life, and decisions we face going forward into our final twenty or so years. (For the first...

Why I Don't Support 'Breast Cancer Awareness'

Anita Moorjani | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Anita Moorjani

They asked me to support their efforts to launch a campaign in the fight against breast cancer, and when I politely declined, they were surprised. They had assumed that as a cancer survivor myself, I would be fervently supportive of their efforts to fight the war against cancer.

The Right To Live -- And Die -- On Your Own Terms

Melanie Young | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

It's a shame you have to relocate to die on your terms. But for those who are terminally ill who want to focus on the quality of their rest of their lives rather than worry about the prolonged pain of dying, it is a choice they make to put themselves and their loved ones at ease.

A 29-Year-Old Woman's Heartbreaking Choice To Access Death With Dignity

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.09.2014 | Healthy Living

Brittany Maynard is planning to die on Nov. 1, and she's fighting to expand end-of-life choices for others in similar situations. Maynard had just...

When Alzheimer's Victims Suddenly 'Perk Up' Just Before Death -- What's Going On?

Stafford Betty | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Stafford Betty

Conventional brain science has no explanation. It has long assumed that as the brain goes, so goes the mind; for the brain is what gives rise to the mind. The return of mental clarity and memory in a brain ravaged by Alzheimer's is not supposed to happen. Yet it does in some cases.

When the End Is in Sight: Handling the Conversations, and Your Life

Martha Nelson | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Martha Nelson

Nothing seems to shock us more than a diagnosis of cancer. I suspect it's terrifying because, deep inside, each of us knows it could happen to us. We pause when a friend or family member is stricken, our frightened minds turning to mush. Oh, no, we think. Am I next?

Learning About Life from the Woman Who Taught Us About Death

Dianne Gray | Posted 10.24.2014 | Parents
Dianne Gray

I'm not sure why I walked into Barnes and Noble that afternoon, except that the "self-help" aisle seemed like a logical place to be as I pushed the wheelchair of my four-year-old son who had just been diagnosed with a rare, degenerative brain disorder.

Through Great Loss There Can Be Great Gain

Fredda Wasserman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Fredda Wasserman

Fred's journey through grief is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. He has been able to maintain a healthy, loving sense of connection with Rose and at the same time engage in living in the present, and allowing his life to flourish.

Divorcing: Devastating, but Not Terminal

Sharon Zarozny | Posted 09.13.2014 | Divorce
Sharon Zarozny

The next time you are overwhelmed by divorcing, repeat after me: "Yes, this is traumatic. Horrible. But it isn't terminal. It's actually a bump on the road of life that just might give me a second chance at a whole new dream."

The Best, Bravest Thing My Husband And I Ever Did

Brain, Child | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Brain, Child

Sometimes it's tentative and other times it's brazen, but at some point people almost always ask if my husband and I got pregnant on purpose.

Illness and Dating

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

The dating world can be so difficult to navigate -- even on a good day. For someone battling illness, it becomes a whole new kind of challenge. As i...

World's Worst Website for Moms Has Constant Traffic

Jody Becker | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Jody Becker

Two years ago, I launched MomAlways.org, a website that has no business getting international traffic almost every day. But most mornings when I look at the website's analytics, I see a mix of visitors.

The Optimist's Manifesto

Mark Matousek | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

Optimists are people who know what matters. Optimism does not mean believing that only good things will happen. It means that, regardless of what happens, you will make the most of it.

Dear Family Whisperer: It's Terminal Cancer; Now What?

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

This a difficult and all-consuming trial for your family. You can't change your husband's diagnosis, and there's no magic bullet for the powerlessness you all feel.

The Only Way I Know How To Celebrate My Dying Daughter's Birthday

Maria Kefalas | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Maria Kefalas

It's hard not to be angry and bitter when people ask, "So, what are you doing for your daughter's birthday?" So, for now, I will keep writing and selling cupcakes.

A Journey Like No Other

Peak Johnson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Books
Peak Johnson

The idea of writing a memoir about their journey as adoptive parents raising 22 kids came to Hector and Susan Badeau when their adoptive son, 24-year-old Wayne, died from Sanfilippo Syndrome in April of last year.

Keen Babbage: The Flip Side of Breaking Bad's Walter White

Don McNay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Don McNay

Dr. Keen Babbage is a middle age, extremely intelligent high school teacher who found out that he had he had stage four cancer. When looking possible death in the eye, Keen and Breaking Bad's Walt came to opposite conclusions.

My Friend's 'Living Wake'

Victoria Oldridge | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Victoria Oldridge

Here was someone speaking about her life-and-death battle, while her concern rested on the happiness of the guests at her impending wake. At her "celebration" there were no speeches and no tears, only quality one-on-one time.

Do You Have 'The Little Blue Book' in Your House?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

If you are wondering what I'm talking about, it is for you that I am writing this blog! Here's the bottom line: We were all born one moment of one day...

The Heartwarming Reason He Got Married In A Hospital

AP | Posted 08.26.2013 | Weddings

LATROBE, Pa. -- An ailing Pennsylvania cancer patient was able to witness her son's wedding after medical staff helped arrange a hastily planned weddi...

Seattle Author's Powerful Self-Written Obituary Goes Viral

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.07.2013 | Fifty

Seattle-based author and editor Jane Catherine Lotter had many accomplishments in her life -- notably, a weekly humor column called "Jane Explains" an...