Mammograms: What to Expect

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Breast cancer is the most common cancer (other than skin cancer) affecting women in the United States. However, thanks to early detection and medical advances in treatment, millions of women survive the disease.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and The American Cancer Society works to actively fight this disease by helping women get tested and detect cancer earlier and funds research that helps prevent, find and treat breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends women age 40 and over receive a mammogram on an annual basis.

Lowering Your Risk of Breast Cancer

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Numerous studies conducted over the last 20 years show that an increase in physical activity is linked to a lower breast cancer risk, according to the American Cancer Society. The difference in risk between the most active women and least active women is about 25%.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in an effort to spread the word about lowering the risk of breast cancer, the American Cancer Society has provided suggestions regarding physical activity that may help a woman decrease her risk of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer in Men

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the nation takes time to promote awareness of this disease it is important to remember that it not only affects women, but men as well. In the United States, about 1 percent of breast cancer cases occur in men. It is estimated by the end of this year that 430 men will have died as a result of breast cancer, according to information from the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Pampering Yourself

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

With the change from summer to fall temperatures in full swing, everyone is sure to be feeling a little "blah." Add to that a chronic illness or recent diagnosis and you may need a little extra pick me up this time of year to get revved up and ready for the upcoming holiday season and cooler temperatures.
Enter: personal pampering.

The Caregiver Population

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Each year, more and more people are caring for loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or the effects of old age. The Caregiver Action Network reports that as many as 90 million people in the United States have taken on the role of caregiver, with two out of every five adults being caregivers in some way, shape or form.

Recognizing Caregivers

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

November is National Family Caregivers Awareness month. Each year, the caregiver population grows as more and more people take on the role and devote themselves to helping loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or who are struggling with the effects of age.
The physical and emotional stress of caregiving can be huge. If you have a friend or loved one who has taken on the role of caregiver, take some time out this month to recognize them for their compassion. Here are a few suggestions that may help you recognize the caregiver in your life:

Seasonal Affective Disorder

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

As cooler weather moves in and temperatures drop around this time of year, many people begin to see a change in themselves and their mood. For a large part of the population, the holiday season and change in season brings a sense of joy and excitement for the impending holidays. But for some, it can bring a decrease in energy, moodiness, and feelings of depression.

Helping a Friend or Loved One

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

When someone is dealing with an injury or chronic illness, friends and family want to help out but often don't know how. A big issue that comes up consistently is transportation to and from medical appointments. We think of sending comfort food or flowers and they are wonderful, but in addition to your thoughtful gift, the practicality of driving a patient to the doctor is often the very thing needed. Many patients are willing to pay for gas because they simply are not able to safely maneuver the highways. So, in addition to offering a dish to save kitchen time, offe

A Caring and Fun Get Well Gift Idea

  • Posted on: 13 April 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Want to brighten up your sick friend's day? Give them an in-home spa day. Chronically ill or injured ladies of all ages often can't get out to enjoy the fruits of a commercial spa but grooming needs still abound. Pack a nice basket of comfort food, gather your polishes and creams and go over for quality time and lots of laughs. When someone is sick, they feel frumpy and drab. The TLC shown when pampering someone is priceless. Also, people often limit touching an ill person because they are afraid it will cause discomfort. On the contrary, touch is v

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