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Hot Topic: Chilling the Hot Flashes

By on August 22nd, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Treatment & Side Effects

I hear the term “excessive heat warning” from our local weathercasters and think they are talking about me. My hot flashes are so intense I can raise the temperature in a room a few degrees simply by standing in it. If you have never experienced a hot flash, think of feeling — without warning — of suddenly standing outside on a blistering summer day dressed …

The Farm at St. Joe’s Hospital: Healthcare Is Happening Here!

By on July 24th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Kale in a hospital? Yes!

Vegetable gardening from a wheelchair, at a hospital? Yes!

Once in a while, something comes along that I just HAVE to share with everyone I know, every way I can.

Such is the case with this short documentary that gives the history and the purpose of The Farm at St. Joe’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Yes, I am interviewed for …

Shaping Exercise Into Something That’s Anything but Routine

By on June 12th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Movement is medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states. – Carol Welch

First, a confession: I’m an exercise addict. “Just do it?” Well, I’ve done it AND loved it: running, tennis, biking, skiing, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and boot camp workouts. I cherish the memory of feeling fit and running 6 miles on a beautiful sunny morning the day before my …

Genetic Testing: An Emotional Decision

By on May 29th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters, Our Medical Experts

Genetic testing for breast cancer evokes emotional issues from the moment a woman begins to consider testing or is told that a close family member is considering genetic testing. This is true whether or not the individual woman has herself been diagnosed with breast cancer. Concerns over the results of the testing, and where those results may lead, often cause anxiety and other stress reactions. …

Talking with Children About a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

By on May 15th, 2013 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters

Having to tell children about a breast cancer diagnosis is rotten. I mean, really, as if having breast cancer isn’t hard enough. However (based on my professional experience as a nurse and my personal experience as a patient), I know that including children in the process — from the time of a diagnosis — is the most important thing that we adults can do for …

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