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Family Therapy | Family Relationships

Read inspiring stories of families healing, families meeting and families reuniting.

Family relationships can be complex, and siblings, children or parents can hold grudges for many years, but it’s heartening to hear stories of forgiveness and resolution.

If family is important to you, this section will speak to your heart. Who knows? You might even find that reading this is like family therapy for yourself!

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How a career change can transform the way you feel about your life

By Dana Hall. A change in career can be stressful, but is it worth it? A few years ago, Caitlin Hartlen feared she might never achieve the career that she wanted. She had dropped out of college after her first semester due to stress: her father had been diagnosed with cancer and her first long-term relationship had come to a close. Leaving her program, Music Business, after her first semester meant temporarily letting go of the goals she’d been working towards and pressing pause on the life she wanted. When she’d still been in school, Caitlin worked as a cashier at a grocery store. After ending her studies, she continued working there, viewing the job as way to make ends meet until she felt ready to get back on her feet. Gradually, she fell into the comfort of routine and began losing sight of what it was she was looking ...
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How One Woman Created Unique Family Relationships That Changed Lives

How A Family Was Formed Through Kindness In 2004, HBO aired a documentary entitled My Flesh and Blood. It went on to win an Emmy for Best Documentary, and also won the Audience Award and Best Director Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Jonathan Karsh, who later went on to become a successful TV director, the film told the story of Susan Tom, a woman from Fairfield, California, who adopted ten children with special needs. And the special needs were very special... Ms. Tom adopted two children with the same rare skin disease (Epidermolysis bullosa), two children born without legs, one child born with spina bifida, one with cystic fibrosis, another child who had brain surgery, another born unable to bend her elbows and knees (Arthrogryposis), and yet another born with fetal alcohol syndrome and learning disabilities. What is so inspiring to us about this story is ...
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How Family Relationships And Faith Helped a Musician Celebrate Recovery

Recovery from illness and family reconciliation. James Michael McLester is a professional drummer who has a great comeback story. Throughout his career, he has opened for such legendary rock acts as Pantera, Alice Cooper, Tesla, and many more. He shared the stage with former Skid Row lead vocalist Johnny Solinger in the group Solinger and performs with his Christian band SuperNova Remnant, Temple of BOOM with DJ Drue Mitchell of JUCE TV, Manafest, and the worship team at Crossroads Tabernacle Church. But there was a period in his life when he left his family behind, turning to drugs and alcohol, eventually coming close to death, but then he was able to turn his life around. He chronicles his story in his autobiography, Wannabee Rock Star Who Finally Found The Rock. Here is his story. So James, not only do you have a story of family reconciliation and recovery from drug ...
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A Father and Son Family Reconciliation Led This Man To A Life Changing Experience

By Robert Caraballo. Overcoming Family Problems To Succeed. On November 1, 2015, Allin Nowenstein completed his first TCS New York City Marathon. Like many New Yorkers and inexperienced runners alike, he jumped in headfirst with the sole expectation of completing 26.2 miles--ignited by chance, heartache, weight gain, and above all, the loss of his father.  Today, Allin agreed to share his 2015 TCS New York City Marathon story with me, bringing a brutal honesty and intrigue to what he felt was a huge leap in transforming his life. We toasted to friendship and honesty and headed over to his apartment to revisit the past. Prior to making a decision to run the 2015 New York City Marathon, did you find it intimidating? I didn’t think it was something I could do because I was out of shape. A few years ago, I went to see a friend of mine (who was part of ...
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“A Walk in a Widow’s Shoes” – A Story Of Family Suicide Recovery

How To Survive Suicide Of A Loved One. Someone personally recommended Kim to us because she is someone who has experienced great loss, and yet she has turned that around to help others who find themselves in a similar situation. Kim Castellano is the author of the book, A Walk in a Widow’s Shoes. The book tells the story of how her husband committed suicide and how she was the one who found him. One can only imagine how horrific an experience that was for her. In her book, Kim tells her story, and at the same time educates her readers about what they might expect should this awful event occur to them. Not only did she have to deal with the emotional loss, but there were also legal, familial and societal issues to deal with as well. We asked Kim about this in detail in this interview... Kim, you ...
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