“Sadly people always believe they will have time later; trauma taught my family tomorrow isn’t promised.” Alisa Hughley 2012 At 16, Carey Hughley excitedly showed his little sister, Alisa, 12, his brand new driver’s license. He proudly explained all the information on the license, including the big heart. “You’re an organ donor?” she asked. “Yeah…I’m not gonna need ‘em when I’m … Continue reading Tomorrow Isn’t Promised
Category: End of Life
Exquisite writing by another taking the health advocate’s challenge!
Day Three of my Health Activist Writers Monthly Challenge, and I’m thrilled to be taking part in it with my blogging buddies Marie Ennis O’Connor and Jan Hasak, two compelling writers who are truly inspired and inspiring in all they do.
Day 3: If you had a superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?
I remember the first time I heard about communing with the dead. I was about 9 years old, and some children at school were talking about how they had received messages from “the other side” via a ouija board. I was both fascinated and frightened by the prospect of them sitting around it in the dark, their fingertips on a glass, nervously waiting for ghosts to spell out the answers to their questions. Superstitious and gullible, I may well have believed that indeed it was the spirits moving the glass…
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Beginnings and Endings
"Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else. I've felt that many times. My hope for all of us is that "the miles we go before we sleep" will be filled with all the feelings that come from deep caring-delight, sadness, joy, wisdom-and that in all … Continue reading Beginnings and Endings
Does it have to be this way?
My dear dear uncle is at this very minute suffering from bed sores. Bed sores or pressure sores are horrible. The skin completely disintegrates...losing layers of skin, exposing tissue under the skin. They are ulcers that are extremely painful and that can be very large. They occur on skin that has had pressure on it … Continue reading Does it have to be this way?
Angels In Our Midst 2
Pinktober--never heard this word before starting to use twitter in October 2011. Now I'll never think of October in the same way again. All because of the dynamism of one woman, Rachel Cheetham Moro. Her advocacy was born from painful experience and a desire to save other women. Using her skills honed from a Masters … Continue reading Angels In Our Midst 2
Angels in Our Midst
"The joy of life after cancer" is the tagline for Toddler Planet, a blog written by a beautiful woman. Strong, brave, talented, brilliant, loving, funny: these are words used to portray her. Blessed is the word to describe us, the recipients of her words. What happens in the world of Internet connectivity when a young … Continue reading Angels in Our Midst
Wanderings in Puerto Rico #EOL
A breeze keeps him cool in the tropical sun as he plays. Impishly he smiles at his sister, then makes a rush at her. He almost catches her, the little lizard wriggling in his grasp. ¡ Prisa! hermana... o me voy a poner un lagarto en la oreja. ¡ Mira! El lagarto va morder el lóbulo … Continue reading Wanderings in Puerto Rico #EOL