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Emily McDowell on empathy
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The Only Wrong Thing to Say is Nothing at All

Empathy card creator and lymphoma survivor Emily McDowell said she believes the most supportive thing you can do for someone on a health journey is to be willing to show up, stay present, and listen. Emily McDowell of Los Angeles, creator of Empathy Cards for illness and grief, and co-author with empathy scholar Kelsey Crowe… Read More

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Dr. Annie Brewster discusses how letting people in to her multiple sclerosis journey was freeing—for everyone involved.
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Letting People Into Your Health Journey

When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, shame consumed me. Guilt, too. I am not sure I could have named these emotions at the time, but they were there anyway, and they lingered for years. These feelings of shame and fear kept me cut off from myself and from others. My greatest fear was… Read More

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Chiloe's Community Gives Her Strength
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It’s All About Community

Chiloe Kottke is an emergency room nurse, so when she started to not feel well, she knew to book an appointment with her doctor. Mammogram, ultrasound, biopsy, diagnosis: Invasive ductal carcinoma level 2 of 3. Two days later, she had a CaringBridge website up and running. “I knew that I wanted and needed the support… Read More

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How to Support a Friend in the Hospital
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How to Support a Friend in the Hospital

You’ve just found out a family member or friend is in the hospital. You want to show you’re thinking about them. What would help the most? Flowers, a visit? Or maybe something to help them pass the time? We asked CaringBridge families – the true experts – how to support a friend in the hospital…. Read More

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