Last week I told Moshe's and Richard's stories. These two men gave their all to their jobs despite the diseases that made it more and more difficult to do so.
My generation, for the most part, had a very strong work ethic. It came, perhaps, because many of us grew up as children of immigrants and we inherited it from our parents.
We want people to behave toward us in a certain way. When they don't, we get angry.
Last week I shared part of a letter by a mother of a chronically ill child.
Birthdays, anniversaries, life cycle events are all times we look forward to.
I recently had the privilege of meeting with a support group that consisted of spouses, children and friends of the residents of a nursing home.
This e-mail came across my desk. It was written by that famous writer known as "unknown author."
Many years ago, I worked for a school division as a Special Education Resource Teacher.
Words do not always come out right. They don't always express the depth of our emotions or what we want to say.
My last several articles talked about the common experience for many "well spouses" of juggling simchas and crises at the same time.
I have been writing a series of articles on managing simchas and crises when they occur at the same time.
In a crisis, few of us know how to act. We desperately want to help, but we are afraid of overstepping or intruding where we shouldn't.
Last week I relayed Evelyn's story. She is a well spouse who was making a simcha.
Dealing with chronic illness when planning even the most joyous of occasions is very difficult, even when there is no crisis at the moment.
For more than a year now, I have been relating stories from and about well spouses. When these stories reflected a common experience, I wrote about them.
When we first marry, we assume life will be wonderful. We rarely think about or discuss potential problems or the possibility of illness darkening our doorstep.
Well spouses with ill partners face a dilemma. Whether the ill spouse's care is long-term hospitalization or a nursing home, the absence of a partner over a long period changes the nature of the family unit.
As we go through this journey called life, we meet many people and make many friends.
None of us would deliberately hurt our friends. We would not tell jokes about the blind to a blind person or to a relative of a blind person.
A Get (Jewish divorce) must be given freely and received freely. A man must be able, in front of two witnesses, to indicate his willingness to divorce his wife.