Once I Learned to Forgive, I Set Myself Free

I met my father for the first time in 33 years. I was three when he left. Throughout the years, we connected via email with my brother’s help, and my dad would send birthday and Christmas cards, but that’s as personal as it got. So you can imagine my shock when I received an email telling me he was coming to see us. What? Why? I was confused.

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5 Time-Saving Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

With busy schedules and never-ending to-do lists, it can seem like living a healthy lifestyle is out of reach. But, prioritizing nutrition doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are five quick tips to help you and your family eat well, even when it feels like time is not on your side.

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I’m a Breast Cancer Survivor – One Woman’s Story

On December 25, 2013, I found out I had breast cancer as I was speaking to my cardiologist about which heart valve I should get. I was having an aortic valve replacement that day. At that time, I really couldn’t deal with my breast cancer diagnosis because I was being wheeled into the operating room. Fast-forward to a year later and I was in the same hospital being wheeled in to surgery for a double mastectomy.

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Tips for Tackling Storm-Related Roof Damage

Having your home severely damaged by a storm can turn your world upside down. The damage could simply be cosmetic, or so extensive as to render your home uninhabitable. In either case, you need to act fast, but smart, to ensure that your home will be properly repaired. Often, foremost among your concerns will be your roof, as it is protects the rest of your home and possessions. Start your post-storm repair process with these tips from the experts.

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6 Eco-Friendly Ideas for Sustainable Eating

In many American households, once-unfamiliar sustainability practices have become commonplace. Current data from the Environmental Protection Agency shows a national recycling rate of about 34 percent, more than double the 16 percent rate in 1990. Even so, more than 167 million tons of waste still ends up in landfills each year. These eco-friendly tips can make it easier to move toward more sustainable consumption.

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Why Human Milk Matters, Especially to Preemies

Nutrition is one of the most critical factors in healthy child development, but this is especially true for babies born prematurely. For many preemie parents, the early arrival of their baby quickly turns what was expected to be a blissful time into a period fraught with a host of unexpected decisions – including those involving their fragile baby’s nutrition.

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From Easy Art to a Sweet Treat – Try These Fun Halloween Watermelon Recipes

Spooky, silly or symbolic, carved pumpkins are an essential ingredient to any Halloween celebration. This year, scare up some special fun for your party with a wicked watermelon carving, instead – but don’t stop there.

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Understanding a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Breast cancer is one of the most recognized cancers in the world. Thanks to massive public awareness campaigns, nearly everyone understands the significance behind a pink ribbon, but how many can say they have breast cancer knowledge beyond pink? The truth is, breast cancer is extremely complex and not a one-size-fits-all disease. It’s classified into different types based on the unique biology of each tumor, including the size, whether and where it’s spread, how it looks under the microscope, and what’s causing it to grow at the cellular level, according to the American Cancer Society. Understanding the various biological features is critical, as they help determine treatment decisions and directly affect patient outcomes.

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Back to the Nest: Practical Tips to Welcome Adult Kids Back Home

For the first time since 1880, more young people are living with their parents than any other living arrangement. A recent report from the Pew Research Center showed the number of 18- to 34-year-olds living at home is higher than the number of young adults who are married or cohabiting in their own home. From student loan debt to saving for their own home, young adults have many reasons for returning to the nest. However, if your child’s bedroom has been turned into your home office, gym or craft room, you may find that their return home presents a unique set of challenges.

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