Photo by Heidi McClelland of Heidi McClelland Photography By Kristen Domingue Our interview with Tammi Carr chronicles how she moved from loss to leading a life of impact through her work raising awareness and funding for DIPG (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma). If your children are experiencing grief over the loss of someone close to them, we encourage you to get support. Ele’s Place (https://www.elesplace.org/) is a wonderful resource for grieving families. If a child you know is battling pediatric brain cancer, the ChadTough Foundation, started by interviewee Tammi Carr and her husband Jason, is a resource that can support you and [...]
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Photo by Kelsey Chance on Unsplash By Stella Orange I’m looking for friends. I’m not talking about acquaintances, associates, or neighbors. I’m talking about the sorts of people who you don’t have to put a bra on for before they come over. I’m talking people who like to have meandering conversations on the couch. I’m talking about people with whom I can share meals, vacations, and other schemes. When I was first out of college, I lived in a Japanese village in a small house with woven straw mat floors, a five-minute walk from the middle school where I taught English. I was befriended [...]
Photo by Katie Drazdauskaite on Unsplash By Lisa Profera MD Every cell in our body must be near a capillary bed for optimal function — wouldn’t you want your 100 trillion cells to have access to fresh blood flow every minute of every day? It’s amazing to me how this is not the case in so many people. Healthy tissues and organ systems require healthy cells supplied by healthy blood flow. Proper oxygenation and delivery of nutrients to every cell in your body is dependent upon this. Equally important is the efficient removal of carbon dioxide and waste products of metabolism. Without this exchange, [...]
Photo by Nathalie Jolie on Unsplash By Jillian Fraioli There are few foods that evoke the turning of winter to spring to me like the long, furry packets of English peas and fava beans — sitting there in the open-air market, waiting in the warming air to be gathered into the next cook's hands. I tend to anthropomorphize my food. So when I’m wandering around in a daze, gazing at all the abundance that has made its way through winter, I see these pods and stalks in my mind's eye telling me their stories about the verdant and delicious treasures buried inside.Like us, these [...]
Photo by Ryan Christodoulou on Unsplash By Tiffany Edison There is nothing I love more than a fresh start! Think about it — you are brimming with possibilities, a blank canvas hangs before you; who do you want to be? Of course I understand that some individuals prefer routine and predictability, feeling grounded in sameness. However, there is another crew out there, I’m here to tell you — those that relish the “new,” those that feel invigorated by reinventing themselves. This set relishes in getting a mulligan, a.k.a. a “do-over” (for all the non-golfers out there). There has been ample research supporting the fact [...]
Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash By Kellie Mox Most people didn’t know I was sick, even on my toughest days. My outsides revealed little of the war being waged on my insides. The list of test results that indicated multi-system dysfunction was long, yet I pushed through the daily work of mothering and adulting with determination and commitment. This was what I knew, what I’d always done, and it served me for a time. Until it didn’t. My story, I’ve come to learn, is not special. There are far too many of us over-working, multi-tasking, driving ourselves to be and do more, and [...]