Reading Time: 4 minutes They say time heals all wounds. Unfortunately, time also has a way of opening the deepest ones back up periodically. The Events that Define Us There are a handful of moments in our lives that change us in some way: e.g., the day you gain or lose someone you love, the day your beliefs about […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes When I started my nursing career back in 2001, I was a mature student but I didn’t feel that way faced with individuals, families and communities during their most emotive times due to death and thereafter grief. Just two decades ago there “were” three types of grief: normal, absent, or delayed. So you were either […]

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Reading Time: 3 minutes The summer of 2017 was idyllic. We had everything they could have dreamed of: a happy marriage, a beautiful home in Colorado, two adorable sons ages 3.5 and almost 2, and a daughter on the way. We spent most of the summer poolside in Boulder and visited beaches in California and Hawaii. Our boys loved […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) on April 26, 2007. I received one year of chemo and one month of radiation. Undergoing both treatments simultaneously was not easy. With chemo, I lost my hair. My appetite evaporated. It made me felt nauseous and would indeed cause me to throw up. When I was getting treated […]

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From Mum to Meditator

November 26, 2019

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Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s January and little do I know but I am about to embark on the most anxious journey of my life so far. I am 27 years old and just found out I am pregnant for the second time. I should be ecstatic and I am. However, reality sets in and I can feel the […]

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Reading Time: 7 minutes Many infertile couples have had to set aside their dream of having children. What is the best response when one of them shares such news with you? A while back I wrote an article, “Sometimes It’s Best to Say Nothing,” that explains what not to say to couples who are dealing with infertility and in […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes My mom died. There is no other way to say it. Using euphemisms does not soften the blow. I sit here writing this fully able to accept the reality of her death. I knew it was coming. I have been doing anticipatory grieving for the last year and a half. In this time, I watched […]

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Reading Time: 7 minutes I’ve written a couple of blog posts about my experience with infertility including advice to people who have never gone through the ordeal and how they can be more helpful and understanding. As of this writing, it’s been about five years since I finally realized that having a child was impossible for my husband and […]

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