The Unwrapped Gift

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by Sallie Rodman “Mom,” came the frantic call from my teenage daughter’s bedroom, “Come here quick!” I opened one eye, still tired from the last-minute details of Christmas Eve, and was on my feet just as Jennifer cried out again. Waves of dizziness struck me, almost knocking me back into bed. What was going on? I managed to make it ... Read More...

My Son, Ryan

Chicken Soup for the Soul: AIDS

by Jeanne White It has been seven years since my son, Ryan White, died. Ryan had hemophilia, and he contracted AIDS from a blood product that hemophiliacs take to help their blood clot properly. This was before anyone really knew very much about AIDS. He was only 13 years old when he was diagnosed. The doctors told us then that Ryan would be ... Read More...

Fighting Back

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by Debbie Acklin Two weeks before my forty-ninth birthday, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I woke up one morning with a sinus infection and decided to drop in at a nearby clinic. Most of the time, when I was sick, my sinuses would be the problem. Rather than make an appointment with my often-neglected internist, I usually just went to the ... Read More...

Remembrance

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by Wendy Poole After my father’s death, I lived with my mother for three months. Afternoons could be challenging for both of us. In the early middle stages of Alzheimer’s disease, her memory and ability to cope could cause her to become confused and agitated by mid-afternoon. One afternoon, I sat down at the piano. As a child, I had loved ... Read More...

Harder on the Patient or the Spouse?

The Cancer Book

by Marc Silver When my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was hard on her. And it was hard on me. So who had it worse? That may seem an absurd question, yet I’ve heard more than a few breast cancer survivors proclaim, “It’s harder on my husband than it is on me.” Let me give you my perspective. In 2001, my wife was diagnosed with ... Read More...

Fighting for Two

Hope and Healing for your breast cancer journey

by Roxanne Martinez “You have breast cancer.” Those are not the words that any otherwise healthy 30-year-old independent woman expects to hear over the phone as she begins her workday. Those are really not the words any woman wants to hear just days after learning she is pregnant. But that is exactly where I found myself that day on ... Read More...