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Pass it on. Your life matters! #youmatter #suicideispreventable #letitout My son often tells people that I have saved his life many times. The fact is, he has saved his own life, but I was there to listen, to support, and to get him the help he needed. I was open. I didn’t judge him. I encouraged him to talk about his feelings and his thoughts. I respected him. There is no reason to fear honest open communication. I was also realistic –… Read more »

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On July 17th everyone looked forward to a night of laughter, and…tumors? Sounds odd but the pairing works quite well for NETumor Humor. NETumor Humor is an annual comedy benefit and raffle based out of Los Angeles on a mission to aid research and awareness of Carcinoid/NeuroEndocrine Tumor (NET) Cancer through comedy. NET Cancer requires a different treatment than your ol’ everyday run-of-the-mill cancer and could look like other cancers but a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis could be deadly to… Read more »

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“Life is full of bumps,”….”the roller coaster of life is bumpy,”…..”the road of life has many twists and turns, ups and downs,” These words describe what happens in life and people say these anecdotes to one another sometimes to try to comprehend “what life has to offer us” or to dismiss the reality of what some people go through and live with on a daily basis. I have been made aware of The Revay family, who have been on this… Read more »

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by: Christina Estrada CAFFEINE OVERLOAD!! Can’t Stop Shaking. Heart is POUNDING. Barely feeling like you’re able to breathe or speak. I wish what I’d felt was a caffeine overload. That is the best way I can explain to someone what an anxiety attack feels like, although the symptoms get worse. Trying to get up, but the feeling of almost passing out would overcome my body. The worst thoughts in my head would take over my brain, and I couldn’t help… Read more »

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is changing how Americans view people with mental illness, and ensuring that help and hope are available to those in need by providing free education, resources and support. When you realize the startling FACTS that mental illness affects 1 in 4 or 60 million Americans every year (everyone knows someone), organizations like NAMI become increasingly important as one can’t help but realize it’s time to take action as said in Jennifer Hudson’s PSA.  Worth Magazine… Read more »

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I am not what I have done but what I have overcome Courtney Jones (23) was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in February. Due to an infection in her stomach, the Dr’s had to amputate both her legs in order to save her life. Courtney epitomizes COURAGE. I didn’t know Courtney until her best friend Caroline (a remarkable person herself) called me to ask if I could photograph the first fundraiser she was organizing. Courtney spent 5 months in… Read more »

Think happy thoughts! Think happy thoughts! Have you ever found yourself repeating this in your head over and over again? We’ve all that day where those thoughts are the only thing keeping us going. Well, at least I have. Whether I didn’t sleep the night before or I’m reeling from some news I received, think happy thoughts plays like a song on KISS.fm over and over again in my head. Throughout my life, I was always told things like mind… Read more »

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By: Allegra Cohen Happiness isn’t wanting for anything more or less. It’s in finding the stream of gratitude that runs through our veins in the present moment. It’s in the in-between of setting a goal and watching its successful completion. It’s in knowing that if the goal isn’t completed, it’s ok. It’s taking in the positive breath and breathing out what doesn’t feel right. It’s fully accepting where you are now—without judgement, just a peaceful understanding of life’s ebbs and flows. 2be or not 2be… I… Read more »

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Steven and I were having lunch one day when he said “If a lesson is not painful in life, do you really learn and grow from it?” 23 years ago Jill (not the real person) who was 12 yrs older than me told me I wasn’t ready for marriage as I hadn’t suffered enough, and my life was too easy. I may not have a good memory, but I remember that clearly because I remember through feelings. Surprise, confusion, sadness,… Read more »

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My scar makes me happy. That could sound strange to a lot of people, but it’s the truth. Like the stem of a flower, it keeps me grounded and growing. It represents the most challenging hurdle I’ve faced: Crohn’s Disease. I understood that even in the depths of survival, if I had a positive attitude, I could do anything. I don’t choose to attach my scar to painful memories anymore. I choose to see the scar pointing upwards, as my own personal “yad”, guiding me to… Read more »