Develop the Writer in You

by Donna Cardillo, RN, MA Recently, while having lunch with several nurses, one of them said, “I’d love to write, but I have no writing ability.” I chuckled to myself remembering that there was a time in my life when I was absolutely convinced I had no capacity to write. Then I learned that almost… [Continue..]

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

According the National Alliance on Caregiving, over 65 million Americans care for sick, disabled and elderly family members and friends, saving the healthcare system $375 billion dollars annually. But the caregiver or care partner is often overlooked in the process as the focus is on the person who requires the care. Caregivers often neglect their… [Continue..]

Sometimes all it takes is a kind word

Kind word-Donna Cardillo

Years ago at one of my first public seminars, an attendee came up to me and shared her story. She’d been out of the workforce for some time taking care of a disabled daughter. She now needed to get back to work but had lost her confidence and sense of self. During our brief encounter,… [Continue..]

How to Support Someone With a Serious Illness

When someone receives a diagnosis of cancer or other serious illness, some friends and extended family members sometimes distance themselves from that person and his/her immediate family. The reasons may vary but some folks simply don’t know what to do or say, so they avoid contact altogether. This reaction causes pain, sorrow and a sense… [Continue..]

Savor the present moment

Savor the moment-DonnaCardillo

On August 1st an acquaintance said to me, with distress in her voice and on her face, “I can’t believe summer is almost over!” She said this on a magnificent day that was sunny, warm, and bright. I said to her, “If you’re focused on summer ending you will miss out on all the summer… [Continue..]

7 Ways to Advocate for a Hospitalized Loved One

When someone you care about is in the hospital, it can be stressful, confusing, even overwhelming for you as well as the patient. But by becoming proactive in the process and learning to advocate for that person, you – and they – can feel more calm, confident and in control. Here are 7 ways to… [Continue..]

It’s always about the journey

Journey-Donna Cardillo

I love to record and watch TV shows like America’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance. Yes, there is some real talent there and the shows are certainly entertaining. But what I enjoy most, and find most inspiring, is that every single person who takes that stage, is living their dream, taking… [Continue..]

Helping Kids Cope With a Hospital Stay

There isn’t much that’s scarier than having to admit your child to the hospital. For the child, the process can be traumatic and overwhelming. But there are some steps you can take to make the process a little less stressful for the child, and the whole family in the process. 1. If the admission is… [Continue..]

Clap your hands and cheer for your efforts

Cheer-Donna Cardillo

When a baby takes its first steps it usually falls. But we cheer and the baby is happy – why? Because she took those steps and we know the rest will work itself out in time. When we become adults and do something for the first time or have something to learn, we tend to… [Continue..]

Is Your Diet Soda the Reason You’re Not Feeling Well?

Diet Soda and Your Health-Donna Cardillo

Several years ago, a friend of mine was having a series of troubling symptoms including frequent headaches, dizziness and nausea. She finally visited her physician who ran a series of medical tests. Everything came back negative, so the doctor further questioned my friend about her lifestyle including her diet and sleep habits. When my friend… [Continue..]