Tough talks demand special skills
“Mommy, why don’t my legs work?”
“It’s not fair, Harrison gets all the attention. What about us? Don’t we matter?”
“You’re my husband. Why can’t we talk any more?”
“What exactly do you mean, there’s no cure?”
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York recently studied the effects of hearing music on 69 adult cancer patients. Remarkably, those who received music therapy reported a 37 percent drop in mood disturbance and 28 percent less anxiety than the other patients.
“Researchers know music can affect brainwaves, brain circulation and stress hormones,” says ABC News’ consumer medical...
On Sept. 7, 1994, my husband, Curry, and I returned home from our appointment with the neurologist. We were stunned, shocked by the diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) and the prognosis that I had three years to live.
I was 36. The ultimate procrastinator, I had done nothing with my life. No family, no successful career — nothing lasting or memorable.