NOcetera = YES Mental Health

ARTcetera is no joke! Proceeds from the Miller-Dwan Foundation’s annual gala has created lifechanging health impacts for thousands of people from throughout our region­­. Through gala support we’ve created the Caring Ways Cancer Center, the Abilities First Fund, Solvay Hospice House and Amberwing – Center for Youth & Family Well-Being. We’ve supported the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric Unit renovation, the Polinsky

Advance Care Planning Webinar

If you couldn’t speak for yourself, who would speak for you?  What have you discussed with your loved ones about the kind of care you would want, or maybe wouldn’t want in some situations? Watch this thought-provoking conversation about Advance Care Planning to learn vocabulary, reflect on what matters most to you, consider what some possible healthcare decisions may be, choose a healthcare agent, and

More than Science

A patient nears death, and deer appear. A favorite bird alights atop the patio rail. At Solvay Hospice House, nature’s extraordinariness seems somehow ordinary. Nevertheless, when I talked with Kevin Rodlund, Solvay Hospice House Nurse Manager, about these stories, I was a little skeptical. Solvay Hospice House is beautifully situated on nine wooded acres in Duluth Heights. Overfed Eastern grey

Just Breathe and Trust

Just breathe and trust. This great piece of advice comes from Nena Johnson, Speech Language Pathologist at Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center, and can be helpful in just about every aspect of life. Nena has recently experienced the unimaginable loss of her son Reese, and her team at Polinsky wanted to do something to honor Reese and Nena. They reached out

Wayne: A COVID-19 Survivors Story

Watch a video about Wayne’s recovery. When COVID-19 hit Wayne Plekkenpol, the fever knocked him down. Then a ventilator and sedation knocked him out. Three weeks later, he woke up needing oxygen and assistance to sit up, stand and walk ahead ten paces. “I don’t remember it,” the 68-year-old says about his initial hospital stay in an intensive care unit.

Kevin: Processing The Last Transition of Life

Watch a video about the Chederquist family. Kevin Chederquist remembers when he and his wife, Kristin, embraced life’s uncertainty and took a bold step: selling everything they owned and moving to China. The couple felt called in their faith to make a brave change by returning to the country where they had adopted their son, Jack. But while Kristin had

Celebrate Doctors

They save our lives, birth our children, and sit with us when we die. They ease our pain, hear our concerns, and celebrate our healing. Doctors. They build their lives around helping us, and now, especially now, they deserve all we have to offer. I grew up with a small-town doc, and I can still see his face. He helped

Making Your Mark

The Silver Brook Township Cemetery is a sight to behold. To the East, a white pine grove greets the morning sun. To the north, horses roam the same field that in year’s past, a llama or two called home.  Over the many years I’ve lived here, I’ve eyeballed this tiny final resting space. Is it where I want to be?

Your Brain on Pain: The Science of Pain Education

Here at the Miller-Dwan Foundation, we are anti-pain. We don’t like it and are totally against it. That, however, doesn’t mean we don’t need it. Pain is critical to us understanding when something is wrong – physically, mentally and spiritually. But chronic pain – that pain that just won’t go away – is associated with all manner of mental health

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