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Relationships with Family & Friends

When you have a chronic illness or disability, your relationships with family and friends are going to change. That is a fact. How you and your family and friends handle these changes is most important. We hope that within these pages you will find tips, strategies, and inspiration for making the most of your relationships at home and in your circle of friends and acquaintances.

"Friendship makes prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it."  ~  Cicero

Family & Friends
Thank FULL for Caregivers - Newsletter
  How do you thank people who make it possible for you to live a normal life in spite of significant challenges? I try to answer that question every day...

Forgiveness Can Bring Healing - Newsletter
  Frustration and anger are often a part of life both for the one with a chronic illness or disability and family members. Read Shelley's letter to a mother recommending forgiveness to defuse the anger.

Losing My Right Hand - Newsletter
  I lost my right hand! No, not literally my "hand-hand," but figuratively my "right hand," colleague and assistant, Deborah. Read about my strategies for living and working while she is away.

Footprints on My Heart - Newsletter
  February is “heart month” and Shelley writes about those people who “leave footprints on our heart.

Judy's Birthday
  I'm not sure exactly how or when I met Judy. All I know is that when she entered my life, a ray of sunshine broke through the clouds. Read how this wonderful friend helped me to embrace life again.

Keep memory active - read with friend
  Keep your memory active by reviewing the day's news events...

Ready Your Home for Holiday Visitors
  When the guest list includes aging parents or people using a cane, walker, or wheelchair, a few simple adjustments can make life easier...

Celebrating Mom
  Anyone who is a mother knows what a difficult mine field it is when you’re raising children. Shelley Peterman Schwarz shares what her mother taught her about parenting.

Sending flowers
  A hospitalized friend will appreciate your thoughtfulness when your flowers arrive.

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