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Why Don't You Take Care of Yourself?

Think of how many conversations you’ve personally had with struggling spouses, family members, friends and colleagues who say “I don’t know,” when you ask them why they don’t take care of themselves. “I don’t know” is a mantra we hear too often when we ask hard questions about personal health and wellbeing. 

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Part 2: Caring for an Elder with a Cancer Diagnosis

It’s been 21 days since Rose received a rectal cancer diagnosis. I just received a text message from Rose's daughter Amy that she and Rose have arrived safely in Las Vegas, where Rose would stay for the next month with Amy's daughter, Toni. The night drive from LA was a response to the weather turning against us—by noon it would hit 106 F in Las Vegas. Today, Rose is on day 16 of her detox.

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Caring for an Elder with a Cancer Diagnosis

Rose arrived pale and anxious. Five days before her arrival, she had gotten a rectal cancer diagnosis, stage one. The tumor could be surgically removed, but healing from rectal surgery can be a real challenge, and she could end up with a colostomy. Rose, who is 82, agreed that cleansing her colon and liver of waste was a healthy response to a diagnosis like this.

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Healing Our Suicidal Side-Effects

Let’s start with a difficult fact. The U.S. suicide rate has shot up 25% in the last two decades. That surge is so great there are few families and communities that haven’t been affected. If we can lovingly place both Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s recent suicides within this social context, it will help us answer the questions that any family and community ask, What happened? And what was the feeling of what happened? It will also help us prevent other suicides in the future.

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Changing the Way We Heal

When we get sick, any of us, we get sick in mind and body and heart and spirit—all at the same time. Because it’s all connected. This fundamental truth about healing explains why the chronic disease epidemic challenging 50% of people living in the U.S. parallels a spike in the divorce rate, which has doubled since the 1990s.

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