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Staying Positive During Coronavirus

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Submitted by info_605 on Tue, 06/16/2020 - 21:23

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A great way to create positive emotions is by intentionally becoming aware of what you are grateful for. Start by making a list of things you are grateful for, then ask yourself how you can act in ways to show your gratitude.
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Family Behavioral Health offers 5 tips for staying positive during the COVID crisis — from validating your feelings to getting exercise.

If you are feeling anxious, overwhelmed, stressed, sad or even angry about coronavirus, you are not alone. We have all been affected in some way. Coronavirus is a global phenomenon, and Reno/Sparks, Nevada is not an exception. In a short span of time, our “normal” at home, school and in our community has changed.

Any change requires an adjustment. Abrupt change, like what we face with coronavirus, can lead to a rollercoaster of painful emotions. That is why we are sharing with you our top five things to do to stay positive during these trying times.

Here's to the Magical Moms

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Submitted by mikalee.byerman_243 on Sun, 05/10/2020 - 04:37

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Celebrating Mother's Day with Words of Gratitude
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“I love that my mom has always been tough as nails — nurses can be like that — but loves deeply and unconditionally." * Devon Reese
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For Mother's Day, we posed this question: "What do you love about your mom?" Here are your heartfelt answers.

My mom has created the world’s most magical backyard. 

I honestly have no idea how she does it. Even during quarantine, she manages to have fairy lights twinkling, hanging baskets overflowing with cascading flowers and an emerald green lawn. My 7-year-old daughter is 100 percent convinced fairies make their home there, and her 46-year-old mom (yes, I’m talking about myself in the third person) just about believes it, too. 

"They’re way smarter and more capable than I realized"

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Wed, 05/06/2020 - 14:44

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Pandemic Inspires Local Parents to Discover Insights About their Kids
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“I have learned that my children actually like me and I like them too. I’m enjoying hanging out with them, playing games, cooking, baking, watching movies. Who knew?” ~Kate C.
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Though it can be difficult being cooped up with our families 24/7, these are also opportunities to learn more about them.

It’s safe to say that none of us received training on how to parent during a global pandemic. And most of us have had limited experience, if any, at home schooling. Yet here we are. As much as we love our kids, it can be — um, challenging — to be cloistered in such close quarters with them 24/7. And we think we can all agree that most teachers should be paid much, much more than they are.

With all that in mind, here are some of the insights local parents have learned about their kids while they all #StayHomeForNevada.

My Guardian Angel

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Submitted by leekiplan_571 on Sat, 04/18/2020 - 04:25

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In the past eight years, Kathy has knitted more than 100 blankets, all of which provide comfort to adults and children who are going through some form of life-threatening illness. * Kip Lee
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Reno resident Kip Lee shares his deep gratitude for his sister-in-law, who was by his side during his cancer treatment and has since knitted more than 100 blankets for transplant patients.

My name is Kip Lee, and at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and found myself sitting in a patient room at the Huntsman Cancer Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I was unsure of my future, because I had just finished the final stage of my autologous transplant. I was shivering uncontrollably and having an allergic reaction to the stem cells that were cryogenically frozen and were now being given back to me into my blood. I recall the nurse placing multiple warm blankets over me; however, nothing appeared to help.

Close Quarters Bring New Realizations About Our Partners

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 04/13/2020 - 14:39

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“Now that Cassie has licked her cancer and her sense of humor has returned just in time, now more than ever I so appreciate her company.” ~Steve Funk
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Being stuck at home comes with a fair amount of challenges, but it can also be an opportunity to learn more about our partners.

Yes, many of us are trapped at home — and we’re spending the kind of time with our families that we probably never have before. While that can be challenging, it also gives us a chance to learn surprising things about the people we love.

We reached out to our Facebook friends to ask them what they’ve learned about their partners during this crisis.  

COVID-19 Relief Fund is Helping the Helpers in Northern Nevada

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Submitted by krobison_565 on Fri, 04/10/2020 - 16:26

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“It is so important in times like these to support one another and there is no doubt the real heroes on the front lines of this crisis are our healthcare providers." *Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO, EDAWN
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As the Northern Nevada community continues to adapt and respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, one force has remained a constant beacon of hope for the sick and their families: our medical professionals. The Community Foundation of Western Nevada is teaming up with agencies and businesses around the state to provide the care and financial support these heroes need.

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It’s About Time (With Our Kids)

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Mon, 03/30/2020 - 16:37

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"So while it’s difficult to stay at home and feel all of life’s uncertainty right now, we are enjoying the time together very much.” ~Jessica Santina
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While the coronavirus pandemic has upended the world in many ways, it has also given us an opportunity to spend the kind of quality time with our kids we may not have had before.

It’s not often that all of us face the same crisis at the same time, though obviously we’re all experiencing it in different ways. One thing that has changed for many of us is that we are spending significantly more time with our children. And while this does come with its own set of challenges, it’s important to remind ourselves that this is also a wonderful opportunity.

Achieving Citizenship

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Submitted by tiffany_464 on Wed, 03/04/2020 - 10:50

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"Ultimately, our goal is to help each individual achieve citizenship and be recognized by the country they already call home." *Annie Allen, Director of the Immigration Assistance Program
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Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada launches new citizenship program, with free legal representation and citizenship preparation classes at TMCC.

Interviewing Our Elders for Their Obituaries

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Submitted by jackieshelton_354 on Tue, 02/11/2020 - 23:40

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"It’s very important for seniors to retell their stories.” ~ Dr. Wendy Scheinberg-Elliott
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Interviewing senior family members for their obituaries gives them a chance to share the important parts of their lives, but it also gives you a chance to bond with them while they’re still alive.

I wrote my grandmother’s obituary a few weeks ago. While it made me sad to know that she’s no longer with us, I was very proud of what she accomplished in her 96 years on this planet. And much of what I knew about her life I learned from interviewing her for her obituary.

Finding Sustenance in the Food Desert

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Submitted by paige.galeoto_230 on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 18:54

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"It takes driven community leaders to create the solutions necessary to tackle food security. As members of this community, we have to build it.” *Shannon Dobbs, Co-Founder, On Common Ground
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Lack of access to nutritious food in downtown Reno is affecting the health of area residents. Businessman Shannon Dobbs saw the struggle first-hand and decided to do something about it – he decided to create an accessible, nonprofit grocery store in Reno’s food desert.

How can you eat nutritious, affordable meals when the nearest grocery store is two miles away and you don’t have a car? That is the question that ate away at Shannon Dobbs during the 11 years he and wife Michelle owned a bar in downtown Reno.

As members of the downtown community, they watched friends and acquaintances who were downtown residents suffer without access to fresh, nutritious food — growing ill, getting chronic diseases and dying too young.

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