Coping with Loneliness

Coping with Loneliness
Coping with Loneliness

A woman who uses a lifelike baby doll as a form of treatment says the “Reborn” doll has been more therapeutic than traditional healing methods.

Like most moms, Penny Kolojaco can’t stop talking about her baby, Wyatt. But if you take a closer look and you’ll notice he isn’t a typical baby. He’s a Reborn doll.

“I just love him to death,” Kolojaco said. “It does everything a real baby does, but it’s a doll.”

People get the dolls for several reasons. Some collect them, while others use them for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Kolojaco got her doll five months ago to help with her anxiety.

The 52-year-old, who has an adult daughter, worked at a daycare for 30 years. When she was forced to leave due to health reasons and had to move her mom into a nursing home, Kolojaco felt lonely.

“I cried a lot. I wasn’t eating. I was stressed out really bad. I couldn’t sleep,” she explained.

Kolojaco talked with her doctor about using a Reborn doll as a therapy tool. He told her to try it.

Months later, Kolojaco said the doll worked like a charm.

“I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago, and he said my stress level is 30% down than what it was, and they took me off my anxiety medicine,” she said.

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