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Joe Hallisey

Written by guest contributor Matthew Hallisey Published August 27, 2019 “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” — Ellis Boy “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman) in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) My father Joe suffers from polycystic kidney disease. More precisely, he suffers […]

“Pink is pretty. Pink is bright. I made a decision to live and fight.” – Breast cancer survivor slogan On the evening of February 4, 2010, I stood at the head of a long table in a room at the Elmwood […]

“In the 15 years I have been a therapeutic massage therapist, you are my first client who has not complained about your health issues but rather shared them with me.” Since this insightful statement was said to me, it has […]

“You woke up. You got out of bed. You got dressed. These may seem like small things. But when you’re living with a chronic illness, these small things may take enormous effort and determination. Not everyone will understand your accomplishment […]

As the tide washed in, the Dutch Tulip Man faced the ocean: “Conjoiner rejoinder poisoner concealer revelator. Look at it, rising up and rising down, taking everything with it.” “What’s that?” I asked. “Water,” the Dutchman said. “Well, and time.” […]

I strongly connected with the story of a butterfly cocoon that was shared in Robin Roberts’ memoir, ‘Everybody’s Got Something.’ “Someone sees the movement of the butterfly pressing against the wall of the cocoon and they think they’ll help it […]