Category Archives: Loss & Grief

Sickness & Surgery: 10 Best Ideas & Gifts for Recovering Friends

My last blog post didn’t go over all that well with you–my beautiful community of amazing women–and you were quick to let me know I had it wrong.  🙂 In hindsight, I probably chose the wrong illustration (a woman recovering … Continue reading

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In Sickness and Health, Part 2: Friendship When We’re Hurting

While this blog post is the second in a series devoted to friendship with those who live with chronic pain and illness (nearly 1 in every 2 of us!), the principles are such that we’d all be wise to keep … Continue reading

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In Sickness and in Health: 5 Things I Wish My Friends Knew About Friendship and Illness

Several months ago, I received a thoughtful email from a reader of this blog who asked me to write a blog post that helped people like her– people who have chronic pain or illness— to figure out how to make … Continue reading

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With Whom Should I Be Vulnerable?

Relationship stress, parenting disappointments, financial scarcity, career failures, crippling fears, health challenges, exhausting depression, unmet expectations, identity crisis, paralyzing indecision … There is so much in this life that hurts. As if those aches weren’t enough, compounding the fear and … Continue reading

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The 4 Best Responses to a Hurting Friend

On my way to meet a girlfriend for an afternoon tea yesterday, I turned the radio on and was immediately pulled in to the last 15 minutes of an interview on Fresh Air with Allie Brosh, the author and artist … Continue reading

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