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“What I found was that behind my fear lived hope.”

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Finding a Resolution for Infertility

A community where people dealing with infertility can discuss family building and treatment options.

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Share the gift of empathy with your kids

There’s something about the holiday season that brings out the spirit of generosity. In addition to making things a bit brighter for others—and helping us feel good in turn—this season of doing good gives us a way to teach children a lesson in caring for others.

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How to Support Your Loved One with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant – Option B

Learn how to help friends who are facing grief, illness, divorce, and other types of adversity. Watch Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant explain the Platinum Rule of Friendship.

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The Importance of Resilience with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant VIDEO – Option B

Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity. It’s a skillset we develop over the course of our lives, and there are concrete steps we can take to build resilience long before we face any kind of difficulty.

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Talking about grief, loss, and hardship with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant VIDEO – OptionB.Org

Staying silent can make your loved ones feel even more isolated after grief, loss, or hardship. Talking about the elephant in the room is one way to acknowledge your friend's suffering and speak with empathy and honesty.

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Taking Back Joy After Loss or Trauma with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant VIDEO – Option B

The guilt we feel after loss or trauma can prevent us from enjoying the things we love. But when we give ourselves permission to do what we love, we allow ourselves to reclaim joy in our lives.

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Confidence and Compassion for Resillience with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant VIDEO – Option B

When you treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you’d show a friend, that’s self-compassion. When you believe in your abilities, that’s self-confidence. We can practice self-compassion and develop our self-confidence on a daily basis to build resilience.

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Raising Resillient Kids with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant VIDEO – Option B

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant discuss how kids are often more resilient than we think. There are concrete things we can do to help them build that resilience, including making sure they know they aren’t facing adversity alone. They discuss the concept of mattering, which is knowing that others notice you, care about you, and rely on you.

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How to Find Meaning After Loss or Trauma with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant VIDEO – Option B

After loss or trauma, we all hope to bounce back. Some of us manage to bounce forward. Learn how helping others gives our suffering meaning, allowing us to grow from the most difficult experiences of our lives.

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Fight Permanence to Build Resilience with Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant VIDEO – Option B

Staying silent can make your loved ones feel even more isolated after grief, loss, or hardship. Talking about the elephant in the room is one way to acknowledge your friend’s suffering and speak with empathy and honesty.

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Supportive Mother’s Day cards from Option B & PAPYRUS

When a friend or loved one is facing a difficult Mother’s Day, small gestures of love, empathy, compassion, and support can go a long way. That’s why we teamed up with PAPYRUS to create this special line of cards to help you send a heartfelt messages and condolences to those who need it most this Mother’s Day. These free ecards will help show support to those near and far.

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Honest holiday cards from Option B

When someone you care about is going through a tough time, cheery holiday sentiments can fall short. Option B teamed up with PAPYRUS to create this special line of greeting cards to help you share love and support when the holidays don’t feel so happy. Whether your friends or loved one are struggling with illness, separated from family, or coping with loss, you can send a card to let them know you're thinking of them.

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#OptionBThere: Support others during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it—we’re all navigating a new normal. Many of us are experiencing loneliness, anxiety, and fear—and for those of us who were already dealing with life challenges, it may make the weight of those feel even heavier. But we’re in this together, and we’ll get through it by supporting each other.
OptionB.Org’s #OptionBThere initative is about helping you support your family, friends, and community through this uncertain time. Below you’ll find free digital cards, expert advice, how to guides, and practical tools to help you acknowledge how your loved ones are feeling, show your support, and perhaps spark a moment of joy.

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#OptionBThere for the Holidays

Discover actions big and small that you can take to offer extra support and help friends and loved ones who are struggling with illness, separated from family, or coping with loss.

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#OptionBThere for the holidays: support others having a hard time

One of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is to be there for those who need it most. #OptionBThere is about helping you find the right words and thoughtful gestures to support your loved ones, show them that they’re not alone—and maybe even spark a little joy. Learn how to support friends and loved ones who are separated from family, coping with loss, or going through other challenges this holiday season.

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Honest holiday cards from Option B

When someone you care about is going through a tough time, cheery holiday sentiments can fall short. That’s why we teamed up with PAPYRUS and and Emily McDowell & Friends to create these free e-cards to help you share love and support when the holidays don’t feel so happy. Simply click the card to email it to a loved one directly from this page. You’ll be able to add a personalized note before you send, and you can send as many as you’d like.

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How to be there for loved ones during challenges — Option B

When a family member or friend is coping with loss, dealing with a health issue, or going through other difficult challenges—small gestures of support can go a long way. Here, you’ll find expert advice on what to say and do to support loved ones when they need you the most.

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#OptionBThere For Mother's Day

For many, Mother’s Day is filled with celebration and togetherness. But for those who have lost a child or mom or are struggling with infertility or illness, it can be hard. Here, you’ll find actions large and small you can take to offer extra support and help them find meaning.

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#OptionBThere For Father's Day

For many, Father’s Day is filled with celebration and togetherness. But for people who have lost a child or father, or who are struggling with infertility or illness, it can be hard. Here, you’ll find actions large and small you can take to offer extra support and help them find meaning this Father’s Day.

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Send an #OptionBThere card

Quirky cards from well-known illustrator Emily McDowell that acknowledge how your loved ones are really feeling this holiday season.

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Send an #OptionBThere Card

Standard greeting cards won't do when a friend or loved one is facing a difficult Mother’s Day—whether that's due to loss, infertility, or family challenges. Our friends at Hello!Lucky created this special line of cards to help people share love and support when Mother’s Day doesn’t feel very happy.

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Send a card to support others on a difficult Father’s Day – Option B

When a friend or loved one is facing a difficult Father’s Day, small gestures of love, empathy, compassion, and support can go a long way. That’s why we teamed up with PAPYRUS to create this special line of cards to help you send a heartfelt messages and condolences to those who need it most this Father’s Day. These free ecards will help show support to those near and far. #OptionBThere

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Jason B. Rosenthal on the Journey Through Loss and Grief VIDEO – Option B

Jason B. Rosenthal, the husband from the viral New York Times article “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” offers candid insights and wisdom for anyone experiencing life-changing grief.

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Joan Barnes on the Importance of Vulnerability in Her Recovery from Bulimia VIDEO – Option B

Gymboree founder Joan Barnes, who struggled with bulimia and an exercise addiction, shares how her recovery led to a more fulfilling career and life.

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Yes, I Survived Cancer. But That Doesn't Define Me. VIDEO – Option B

Author Debra Jarvis explains how she claimed her experience with cancer by letting go of her old self and allowing a new self to emerge.

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Why We Need to Change Our Response to Failure VIDEO – Option B

Psychologist and author Guy Winch describes how changing our responses to failure can build resilience.

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What to Say to Help Our Loved Ones After Tragedy VIDEO – Option B

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis recommends small steps we can take to help our loved ones in the face of tragedy.

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The Importance of Compassion in Creating a Just Society VIDEO – Option B

Human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson emphasizes the importance of humanity and compassion in creating a just society.

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We don’t move on from grief. We move forward with it VIDEO – Option B

Nora McInerny, author and founder of the ‘Hot Young Widows Club,’ shares her experiences of loss at a young age and how sadness and joy can coexist. She explains how we don’t ‘move on’ from grief but rather move forward.

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The Surprising Science of Happiness VIDEO – Option B

Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness” and social psychologist challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Gilbert describes how our “psychological immune system” can help us find happiness—synthetic or natural—when things don’t go as planned.

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The Power of Believing that You Can Improve VIDEO – Option B

Developmental psychologist Carol Dweck explains how kids who embrace effort and difficulty learn to take on challenges. They use a growth mindset—the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. Learn about this influential field of psychology, and the power of believing that you can improve.

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Sheryl Sandberg and Cheryl Strayed on Being There on Mother’s Day VIDEO – Option B

After her mother died, Cheryl Strayed – the author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough – had never felt more lost. Cheryl hiked herself back to “the woman her mother wanted her to be” on the Pacific Crest Trail, developing her resilience along the way. In this conversation with Sheryl Sandberg, Cheryl shares what she learned on her hike and about the enduring power of a mother’s love.

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Build Meaningful Connections and Empathy to Heal VIDEO – Option B

Dr. Adrienne Boissy encourages us to build meaningful connections and develop empathy to help ourselves—and others—heal. She shares stories from her own life, and those of her patients, to show the importance of using language intentionally to show true compassion and to listen to and value others and their suffering.

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How to Fight for People With Disabilities VIDEO – Option B

Activist Judith Heumann explains steps we can take toward a more inclusive world for people with disabilities.

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A Student's Philosophy for a Happy Life: Focusing on Joy – Option B

Student Sam Berns shares his four secrets to living a happy life, including focusing on what he can do rather than on what he can’t.

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How We Talk About Sexual Assault Online VIDEO – Option B

Writer and activist Ione Wells says we need a better approach to use social media for social justice. After she was the victim of an assault in London, Wells published a letter to her attacker in a student newspaper that went viral and sparked the #NotGuilty campaign against sexual violence and victim-blaming. In this moving talk, she describes how sharing her personal story gave hope to others and delivers a powerful message against the culture of online shaming.

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How to Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting VIDEO – Option B

Former Stanford dean Julie Lythcott-Haims encourages parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores and instead focus on developing self-efficacy.

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Building Resilience: How to Make Stress Your Friend VIDEO – Option B

Psychologist Kelly McGonigal outlines how we can build resilience by connecting with and caring for other people during times of stress.

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How to Find Meaning In Our Challenges VIDEO – Option B

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon encourages us to forge meaning from our struggles and build a new identity that incorporates even the worst events in our lives.

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How to Succeed After Incarceration VIDEO – Option B

Lawyer Christopher Poulos describes how his past in prison has barred him from many opportunities. But he made a decision to follow positive direction, accept help, and live a life of recovery. Now, he’s a practicing lawyer and advocates for a combined approach to prison reform and dealing with addiction. He gives tips and advice for how to overcome life’s challenges and what he’s learned through his journey.

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How to Help Kids Grieve: Embrace the Process VIDEO – Option B

Good Grief's Joe Primo, a former hospice chaplain and an expert on how to help children grieve, explains why we should embrace the process of grieving—and how the experience can lead to a richer life.

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From Victim to Survivor: Regain Power and Create Change VIDEO – Option B

Advocate and sexual abuse survivor Lauren Book encourages us to dig into our pain to regain power and create change.

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Factors that Prepare Kids to Build Resilience VIDEO – Option B

Resilience expert Ann Masten shares the factors that prepare kids to be resilient when faced with adversity.

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Build Resilience & Social Change in Conflict Affected Areas VIDEO – Option B

Youth advocate Limabenla Jamir describes how resilience develops from social support in conflict-affected communities and how it can help young people drive changes in their societies.

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How to Recover After Divorce TED Talk VIDEO – Option B

Psychologist Gary Lewandowski shares how activities that help you rediscover yourself can also help you recover from divorce.

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How to Heal By Carrying Your Grief VIDEO – Option B

Grief expert Nancy Berns explains why we don't need closure to heal from loss. Rather, we can find freedom by carrying our joy and our grief together.

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Building Resilient Families with Tamara Afifi – Option B

For more than two decades, Tamara Afifi, professor of interpersonal health communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has studied how families communicate with one another in stressful situations. Divorce or extreme financial hardship can be damaging for families, but there are ways to overcome these challenges—and even treat adversity as an opportunity for growth.

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Michelle Palmer on regaining hope after sexual assault – Option B

Michelle Palmer works to help survivors regain a sense of hope in the aftermath of trauma or grief. This Q&A explores how to be there for loved ones who have experienced sexual assault and abuse, how we can stop victim blaming, and how to cope as a survivor. Palmer is a licensed clinical social worker and the executive director of the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing. Throughout her career, Michelle has worked with both child and adult survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault, as well as other types of trauma.

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Julie Lythcott-Haims on Raising Resilient Kids – Option B

As the former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, Julie Lythcott-Haims knows how important qualities like tenacity and toughness are for young adults’ development. And as a parent, she knows how difficult it can be to instill those qualities in kids. The author of the New York Times best seller How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims believes raising resilient kids means allowing them to fall and pick themselves back up—and resisting the urge to fix their problems for them.

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Julia Samuel on Changing How We Think About Grief – Option B

The UK’s leading grief expert discusses why we fear grief and pain—and shares ideas for how we can talk about them more openly.

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Judith Heumann on Living and Thriving with a Disability – Option B

How can we support a loved one who has recently acquired a disability? How can people become better allies to the disabled community? Disability rights activist Judith Heumann shares advice on building resilience and making communities more inclusive and tolerant for those living with a disability.

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"Joe Primo on Supporting Grieving Children – Option B"

The CEO of Good Grief—and a former hospice chaplain—shares strategies to help children cope with the death of a loved one and make sense of tragedy.

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Jack Saul on Overcoming Trauma and Building Resilience – Option B

A leading trauma expert and clinical psychologist explains why talking about trauma helps the healing process.

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Dr. Adrienne Boissy on Showing Empathy – Option B

The Cleveland Clinic’s chief experience officer shares what she’s learned from her patients about the power of empathy and acceptance.

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Coping With Loss and Finding Meaning with Chris Davis – Option B

A psychology professor has made it his goal to understand how people respond to illness and death. He shares ways that we can help ourselves, our friends, and our families grieve.

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Volunteer for a Good Cause – Option B

Here are three platforms to help you find the best volunteer opportunity for your group of friends. Volunteering makes an impact in our communities, but the benefits for you are even greater—volunteering can decrease depression and give you a sense of purpose. Easy ways to give back—because doing good for others is good for you, too.

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Mother’s Day advice from the Option B community

A guide to hosting an event for friends who are struggling this holiday season, from the experts at the Dinner Party.

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Father’s Day advice from the Option B community

Option B community members share their feelings about Father’s Day and offer ideas for how loved ones can show they care.

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How to Support a Friend Estranged from Family – Option B

Many adult children and their parents are estranged from one another, meaning they choose to put distance between themselves. Here’s how you can help a friend who is not close with their family and support them through a difficult Father’s Day.

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7 Practical Ways to Build Resilience in Kids – Option B

Read practical tips developed by pediatrician Kenneth Ginsburg to help you prepare your children to build resilience, overcome setbacks, and thrive.

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Facing Adversity Through Building Resilience: A Guide to Grounded Hope – Option B

Writer and counseling psychologist Lee Daniel Kravetz describes five steps we can take to find realistic hope in the face of adversity.

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6 Tips on How to Support a Friend After Sexual Assault – Option B

Read the 6 Tips the Joyful Heart Foundation shared on how you can help a loved one deal with the aftermath of sexual assault with empathy and compassion.

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How to start a conversation—and why it matters – Option B

If your friend is hurting, starting a real conversation about what they’re going through may be the most helpful thing you can do. It’s natural to want to cheer them up or avoid the conversation all together, but pretending everything is okay can make them feel invisible. Here are some tips on how to acknowledge their feelings and let them decide how they need support.

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How to Cope During Hard Anniversaries, Birthday, and Holidays – Option B

Some days can be harder than others. Use these strategies from Option B to find strength on hard days like holidays, anniversaries, and birthdays.

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Help your loved ones plan for significant days – Option B

Significant days like a birthday, holiday, or the anniversary of a marriage or a loved one’s passing can be stressful for people dealing with challenges like grief, divorce, or illness. You can help them make a plan for how to spend the day.

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Care for the Caregivers in Your Life – Option B

Experts from Hidden Heroes, a program that raises awareness about the challenges facing military caregiving families, share four steps you can take to help a caregiver recharge and feel supported.

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Being There: What to Say and Do in the Aftermath of Loss – Option B

This guide provides specific ways to help a grieving friend based on insights from members of The Dinner Party, a community focused on life after loss.

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Supporting your mental health & the emotional well-being of loved ones

If you’re struggling with mental health challenges like depression, loneliness, or anxiety—or you know someone who is—find resources to help you cope from Option B, because we all deserve to treat our mental health with the same care and compassion we do our physical health.

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Get extra support during the holidays

These recommendations from experts and the Option B community can help if you’re struggling with illness, separated from family, or coping with loss this holiday season.

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Play a feel-good game

A custom #OptionBThere card game to help you and your loved ones focus on moments of joy, celebrate small victories, and practice gratitude

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Resilience in a crisis: Helping yourself and others through COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. There is no “right” way to navigate this situation, so the Option B team has compiled a range of expert advice and free resources to help you care for yourself and others in the ways that feel right to you. We’re confronting an unprecedented challenge with the coronavirus outbreak, but with care, compassion, and resilience, we can get through this together.

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Give meaningful gifts

Holiday gift ideas, like a homemade photo album, that let a friend know how much you care, sourced from the Option B community.

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Find a way to help—ideas from people who have been there

A list of small things you can do to make a big difference in a loved one’s life, sourced from the Option B community.

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Sheryl Sandberg and Lee Woodruff: A Conversation on Recovery and Resilience

Lee Woodruff’s husband, ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff, was critically injured on assignment in Iraq when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in 2006. Sheryl Sandberg and Lee Woodruff discuss resilience and how the Woodruff family has made the most out of Option B.

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