Rooted in Life, Rooted in Love

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Reunions are joyful occasions, especially with loved ones. Having loved ones around for the sad life moments may be the only way one can get through tough emotional times

World Cup and Jersey’s Own Music Dynasty

Christmas Decor

A week of watching the World Cup brought us to the table to write Christmas cards, a tradition I don’t think I will ever give up. The first snowfall continues into this late afternoon, and the gray light seems softer as we get closer to the winter solstice’s shortest day of the year.

The Prognosis: Music Is the Best Medicine

Yuri and Pat Guadagno

An impromptu visit by Pat Guadagno, Jersey’s Own troubadour, and Yuri’s longtime music compadre open a forensic study on how and why Yuri was hit by ANCA vasculitis.

Q. How’s Yuri Doing? A. He’s Doing Well

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Our many friends out there are asking, How’s Yuri doing? The answer is, he’s doing well. Yesterday was five months since I got him home from the hospital without going to rehab.

Storm Tracker and the Permafrost Tapes

Permafrost Tapes

This morning we did what normally we’ve done since our marriage and on a Sunday in August 2011, we were reading the paper about Hurricane Irene blowing through the weekend. I stayed up all night.

World Away Kinderhook to Kharkiv 477

I'm Still Here

Fifty years ago, in August 1972, near the guest campsites, an Eagles tune drew Yuri to a parking lot where he joined Jerry Kopychuk and Andy Fediw in a harmonious blend of mellifluous vocals.

Natural Therapeutics Make Healthy Waves

Nell on PEMF

Yuri’s next stage of recovery includes a fist bump from his nephrology doctor, “keep doing what you are doing.” and natural therapeutics working with his speech pathologist extraordinaire.

An Archaeological Dig Out of the Jewelry Box

Last week was the fifth week after being discharged from the hospital. We’re told it can take five weeks to recover from a one-week hospital stay. That means we have four more five-week recovery components to go.

We Are Today Who They Were Then

Shypskiy Family & Ivanka

Where does strength and resilience to face the unknowns come from? It’s the will to live that produces biological changes influencing a positive outcome. July 15th would have been my mother’s 100th birthday. It was also the day she died, a beautiful summer morning

Vulnerability and Resilience Du Jour

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It’s hard to tell if the lingering effects of the illness that caught us off-guard are in remission. Psychoneuroimmunology studies how the mind, and the brain have effects on a person’s vulnerability and resilience within the context of the disease.