living with terminal illness

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How to Live Fully When You’re Scared to Die

Death is scary because it’s unknown, dark, and sad. You are normal and healthy if you’re scared to die! But if you let your fear of dying ruin the gift of life, you’ve already started to die. In this article I share a few ideas on how to get over your fear of dying. I also describe why I accepted […]

How to Live Well With Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS)

Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome (KTS) is a rare congenital malformation; here’s how 21 year old Arianna is living with this condition, plus important medical facts about the symptoms and treatments of KTS. In this article, Arianna describes what it’s like to live with Klippel Trenaunay syndrome as a young woman. “Klippel Trenaunay syndrome is very uncommon and not known by most, so I […]

10 Natural Ways to Ease the Pain of Ulcerative Colitis

During my last flare up, I spent hours researching natural remedies for ulcerative colitis symptoms. Here’s what I found: the 10 best ways to naturally ease the pain of colitis, plus links to helpful resources, books, and products. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis a month before my long-planned trip to Jerusalem, Israel to meet my dad for the first […]

How to Stay Positive When You’re Sick

These ways to stay positive when you’re sick are inspired by the Parable of the Hospital Window. If you’re coping with a chronic illness such as colitis, cancer, Crohn’s, or celiac disease, you’ll find inspiration and hope here! I’m dealing with a nasty case of ulcerative colitis right now, and my bunion is acting up. Being sick – like getting […]

Caring for Elderly People With Lewy Body Dementia

Here are 10 tips for taking care of elderly people with Lewy body dementia, from a woman whose parents were both diagnosed with dementia. Her mother had frontal lobe dementia. One of the most interesting books I’ve ever read about dementia is Tangles: A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt. It’s a powerful memoir that describes how Alzheimer’s disease (a […]

How to Help Your Partner Cope With Your Cancer Diagnosis

Sometimes being diagnosed with a disease like cancer is more bearable than learning about your partner’s diagnosis of a terminal illness. Watching someone you love become sicker and sicker – knowing that death is coming – is one of the worst things to bear. Here’s what J says: “Hi Laurie, I met the nicest woman a few years ago….she moved […]