Lisa McKhann

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Real stuff matters.

So says Lisa McKhann, the founding director of Project Lulu and an offshoot, Reflecting Pool, free online journaling for people experiencing a health crisis or their caregivers.

Cultural pressure to present a cheerful optimistic face to the world can drown people struggling with fear, anger, sorrow and other difficult feelings.

Reflecting Pool gives them a place to validate what they're really feeling.

Lisa McKhann

The people gathered for Essentia's Women’s Health Seminar earlier this month thought they were in for the standard day of informational presentations by medical professionals.

What they got was not what they expected - at all.