Roxanne Black was diagnosed with lupus at the age of 15. She had been an athletic teenager, a rower on her high school crew, and suddenly she had to shun the sun and face a life of chronic illness. Instead of moping, she formed a support group for people with lupus. Then she started Friends Health Connection, an organization that matches people around the world with others who are going through similar illness experiences.

Many people have benefited from Roxanne’s energy and dedication. We talk with Dr. Larry Dossey about the importance of community in healing and discuss the relevance of the human spirit with Dr. Nancy Snyderman.

Guests: Roxanne Black, founder of Friends Health Connection and author of: Unexpected Blessings: Finding Hope and Healing in the Face of Illness. Her Web site is www.friendshealthconnection.org.The photo is of Ms. Black.

Larry Dossey, MD, former Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine and is currently Executive Editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. His widely acclaimed books include Space, Time and Medicine, Healing Words, Recovering the Soul, Be Careful What You Pray for, and his most recent, The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things.

Nancy Snyderman, MD, chief medical editor for NBC News. She reports for Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC. She also has an academic appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Snyderman is the author of several books, including Medical Myths That Can Kill You: And the 101 Truths That Will Save, Extend and Improve your Life.

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