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Terminal Illness

What A Dad Facing Death Put At The Top Of His Bucket List

Jay Smith | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Jay Smith

Two years ago, at age 35, I was running my own company, traveling the world and enjoying my family. Now, I can only move a few fingers, can't take a step unassisted, and spend my days in a wheelchair with my family feeding me like a baby -- or a king, depending on how you look at it.

Why Phrases Like 'Dream, Believe, Achieve' Never Stuck With Me

Chanel White | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

I myself believe strongly in the power of miracles, however, I will not put my life on hold for something that may not manifest itself in my lifetime. I would much rather be prepared for the wreckage, than live in fear of it.

Mom With Stage 4 Cancer Writes Letters To Her Daughter For Future Milestones

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents

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What the Dying Want You to Know About Life

Joni Edelman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Joni Edelman

Money is an illusion. You think you need so much. In the end, you don't really need any of it. Prioritize people and experiences over possession. Your body is just a vessel for your soul. Quit looking in the mirror. Quit obsessing over your wrinkles, your ass, your dress size.

6 Caregiver Tips for Turning a Slow Death Into a Slow Dance

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 06.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Choices made before a loved one's death don't neutralize the need to grieve for what's being lost, but they can make a huge difference in the pace and depth of caregivers' healing thereafter.

How Illness Taught Me That Broken Things Can Still Be Beautiful

Chanel White | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Life is a fragile thing. In an instant it can be destroyed by a circumstance beyond your control; the existence you knew shattered like glass beneath your feet.

6 Phrases A Chronic Illness Sufferer Would Rather Hear You Say

Chanel White | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

While it is a nice sentiment to point out that we are tenacious individuals that can handle what life throws at us, it is more comforting to us when you acknowledge the times we feel overwhelmed and lost.

California Lawyer With Terminal Cancer Sues State For Right To Die Peacefully

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

Three California residents with advanced or terminal diseases, along with a doctor, filed a lawsuit against the state of California last week seeking ...

Who Did I Need to Impress?

Chanel White | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

When you must face the weathered look of chronic illness day in and day out those fleeting glances in the reflection can become quite unpleasant. The ...

Don't Leave Out These Women On Mother's Day

Melissa Carter | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Melissa Carter

"Mother's Intuition kicked in," Heather told me, "and I said we're going to the children's hospital and won't leave without answers. Something's going on."

The Only Empathy Cards You Won't Feel Awkward About Sending

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.08.2015 | Healthy Living

We may not want to admit it, but even the most well-meaning of sympathy cards we give to loved one with a serious illness can land like a total dud. ...

Even Though My Body Continues to Fail Me, Every Fiber of My Being Feels Strengthened

Chanel White | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

While I may not get as many years as I was hoping for in this life, I feel my very soul has lived a thousand years. This old soul, enlightened well beyond my 23 years, finally understands the true beauty in life.

Love, Loss and Wanderlust: How Losing My Father Made Me Rediscover My Love of Travel

Abbey Jorstad | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Abbey Jorstad

One of my father's greatest desires was always to travel and see the world, and yet he could never master his fear of the unknown. Many of the qualities that make travel one of the great loves of my life were the very things that filled him with dread. I find myself wondering if I travel so much as a direct rebellion against his own fears and worries?

The Sacred Learning in Regret

Dana O'Dell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Dana O'Dell

Regret isn't something I dwell on lightly or often these days. There have been the fleeting insignificant returned for shoes, and vintage dress that g...

The Fall of Life

Aaron Gouveia | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Aaron Gouveia

It's easy to admire someone's beauty in the full bloom of life. Oren was in the late autumn of his existence, yet somehow managed to put summer to shame.

How To Deal With And Overcome Terminal Illness, From Dr. Christiane Northrup (VIDEO)

Posted 02.09.2015 | MarloThomas

Dr. Christiane Northrup has studied people who have had near death experiences. One story that sticks in her mind was a woman with Hodgkin's disease, ...

The Right to Die

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Wolfe

Why can't we offer dignity to those that know they are dying, that know that they will die in excruciating pain and will spend their last days suffering? Why can't we respect the wishes of those who want to exit gracefully, respectfully, surrounded by those they love?

Fight for What We Care for

Bill Marriott | Posted 02.03.2015 | 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...