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The Power of Patience


*+-Title: The Power of Patience: How to slow the rush and enjoy more happiness, success and peace of mind every day. Author: M.J. Ryan My Take on this Title: This book has become my touchstone (or worry stone) as well as my mental first aid kit. I carry it in my purse on days when I think I might need a dose of …

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Being Mortal – full length feature available on Frontline (PBS)


*+-Dr. Atul Gawande’s best selling book, “Being Mortal” is the subject for a Frontline show on the state of living and dying in America. It features candid, and invaluable, conversations with physicians and patients on the subject. The web page also features several in depth articles from different perspectives and issues related to end-of-life care. Watch the 1-hour program online here. Related Book: …

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Strong at the Broken Places


*+-Title: Voices of Illness, a Chorus of Hope Author: Richard M. Cohen My Take on this Title: Mr. Cohen had me at the title. I want to be stronger at the spots where I’ve been weak before. His book chronicals the lives of five diverse “citizens of sickness”: Denise, who suffers from ALS; Buzz, whose Christian faith helps him deal with his …

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Being Sick Well


*+-Title: Being Sick Well Author: Jeffrey H. Boyd, MD, MPH My Take on this Title: I appreciate Dr. Boyd’s honesty as well as his practical compassion. He, not only shares stories that may reflect your own, but gives sage advice (from both sides of the stethoscope) around issues we need to hear about defining the nature of illness, surviving with dignity and …

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When illness gives you lemons, make lemon meringue pie

Slice of Lemon Meringue Tart on a plate

*+-Opening up and sharing life in the midst of chronic illness. My mother was 45 years old when she had me in 1970. Today, having a child at that age isn’t as big of a deal as it was back then. My experience of having a mother born of the pre-depression era was really a special treat because she was …

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What I miss about being a caregiver

Love In The Family

*+-There are aspects about being a caregiver that are truly beneficial to us. We learn so much about ourselves, the one we care for, and about life (and practical things like how to change a sterile wound dressing). Even though my caregiver days are behind me (at the moment), there are times that I miss the person I was when …

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