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Archives for Relationships

Easy Ways to Communicate

by Lori Sciame November 4th, 2014 | Relationships
Staying connected to loved ones can be difficult.  There always seems to be something that gets in the way of keeping in touch.  Even those that live in the same house may not see each other enough, as jobs, school, extra-curricular activities, and other obligations pull family members in different directions.  There are ways, however, to keep the lines of communication open - and thriving.

Hand Written Notes

Though out of vogue for many, hand written notes offer a wonderful means of communication. For years, I've slipped loving notes into my children's lunches and even in my husband's briefcase. I do
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Team Baby

by Lori Sciame November 2nd, 2014 | Health Observance, Relationships
The time to think about having a healthy baby begins long before conception.  The mother-to-be must give up bad habits, must be in good physical condition, and she must consume a nutritious diet before she becomes pregnant in the first place.  But women aren't the only one in the relationship who needs to prepare. Dad needs to jump on board "team baby" as well.

Bad Habits = Bad Outcomes

The quickest way to ensure a baby will not be born healthy: keep smoking, and drink as much alcohol as you want. This goes for BOTH mom and dad.  Studies prove that
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HIV/AIDS and Friendships

by Lori Sciame December 4th, 2013 | Health Observance, Relationships
How does HIV status affect relationships between friends?  Or, to put it bluntly - should it have any affect?  HIV/AIDS has been a topic of discussion since the disease came to the forefront in the early 1980's.  In the beginning, if one contracted the illness, it was akin to a death sentence.  Thankfully, much has changed.  Treatments for the illness have improved tremendously, and our society has went from ostracizing people living with the disease to being much more accepting.

This change in attitudes is extremely positive, because too many have had to live on the outside of mainstream society
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Alzheimer’s and Relationships

by Lori Sciame November 6th, 2013 | Health Observance, Relationships
The last coherent words my beloved grandfather said to me: "It's hell to get old, Lori."  This single sentence came as a gift, as out of the haze of Alzheimer's he communicated to me one last time.  He had been confined to his bed in the nursing home for months, and he didn't have long to live.  I had held a vigil, hoping, praying for peace and closure, and I had gotten it!  His blue eyes had locked onto my green eyes, and he felt compelled to share one final bit of wisdom.

This doesn't happen for everyone who takes
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Can Relationships Survive Breast Cancer?

by Lori Sciame October 9th, 2013 | Health Observance, Relationships
My first encounter with breast cancer happened when I was only 7 years old, the year my 23 year-old aunt underwent a double mastectomy.  Before my eyes she transformed from a vivacious woman to one with perpetual nausea, swollen appendages, and eventually an arm frozen in place from brutal radiation treatments.

Since that rude introduction, I have witnessed many more family members and friends battle this disease. If I've learned one thing over the years, relationships can change drastically once a woman develops breast cancer.

What I know isn't pretty.  While some family members and friends may
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