Living With Crohn's Disease

  • Posted on: 28 June 2011
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"When my Crohn's is under control, it's the best time of my life," says Nancy Kennedy, a 47-year-old nurse and mother of three, who has been treated for Crohn's disease for nearly 30 years. Kennedy is one of an estimated 1.5 million Americans who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Receiving a diagnosis just six months after the birth of her first child, Nicole, Kennedy never dreamed that the baby she held in her arms would one day face the very same challenges.

But this mother-daughter duo isn't letting their diagnoses hold them back.

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Informed & Empowered by Donnalyn Giegerich's Story

  • Posted on: 20 January 2010
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Elyse Jankowski, HealthyWomen program assistant

"Less Fear, More Fun" were just a few of the words of wisdom shared yesterday by Donnalyn Giegerich, a dynamic speaker and sarcoma survivor, as she presented on the topic "Passion Is Always in Fashion."

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3 Questions to Test Your Healthy Nutrition Smarts

  • Posted on: 22 December 2009
  • By: jleff
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I do my best to eat healthy foods, especially as I get older and find out how important it is for my body to run at its peak performance. And I do okay – most of the time. As I've said in the past, it's amazing how most of the time I find my body gravitating toward fresh fruits and veggies and lots of grains, anyway. Give me a salad with lots of colors thrown in, and I'm happy. Give me a steak and mashed potatoes and you'll get the entire plate back, untouched.

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A Celebration of Cancer Survivorship

  • Posted on: 23 November 2009
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I must admit that by the end of October I felt inundated by pink. I'll also admit that all the pink might have made me a bit grouchy. In last week's post I wrote about not being so special just because I survived cancer; that really, we all all survivors of some sort. After all, who hasn't faced difficult situations in their lives?

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Mammography Mayhem

  • Posted on: 19 November 2009
  • By: Sheryl Kraft
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I'm sure by now you've heard about the U.S. Task Force's new standards for breast cancer screening. What I'm not so sure about is if any of us have been able to keep track of what's happening day to day, though. No sooner were these new recommendations made public that women and other groups, like the American Cancer Society, began to push back and question the motives and sanity behind them.

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How to Keep Your Post-50 Skin Happy and Hydrated

  • Posted on: 26 May 2017
  • By: helen
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Top tips to keep mature skin healthy and more youthful looking.
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Top tips to keep mature skin healthy and more youthful looking.

"Your skin looks good. It's nice and hydrated," said my aesthetician D when I visited for a facial. "What are you using on your face?"

I was glad to hear that my skin wasn't as dry as the previous visit. Now that I'm postmenopausal my entire body often feels parched from head to toe. My eyes are so dry, including my corneas, that my ophthalmologist prescribed eye drops for morning and evening.

Being of a certain age, I am always looking for the next great ingredient or beauty product that is going to keep my post-50 skin happy and hydrated.

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De-stress With Breathing Techniques

  • Posted on: 23 May 2017
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Practice breathing techniques to relieve stress and provide feelings of calm and tranquility.
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Practice breathing techniques to relieve stress and provide feelings of calm and tranquility.

Meditation has long been heralded as a pathway to good health, a practice that can help you unplug, de-stress and increase your happiness. Some even claim it can slow aging.

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How to Enjoy a Mindful Cup of Tea

  • Posted on: 20 May 2017
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Preparing and drinking a good cup of tea can be a time for mindfulness and calm.
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Preparing and drinking a good cup of tea can be a time for mindfulness and calm.

"Would you like to try our teas?" said the representative from Adagio Teas. 

"Yes, yes, yes," I replied. I received a gift certificate to purchase some tea and tea ware. The package arrived a few weeks ago, and I waited until my BFF R visited last week to enjoy a relaxing pot of tea for two.*

I was excited to try Adagio Teas and carefully unpacked the gift items I had ordered:

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New Foods and Recipes We Should All Try

  • Posted on: 15 May 2017
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If you struggle to come up with healthy lunches, here are some suggestions from healthy beans to smoothies.
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If you struggle to come up with healthy lunches, here are some suggestions from healthy beans to smoothies.

Some people live to eat.

I am a bit different; I eat to live.

Don't get me wrong—I enjoy my food (when I can figure out what to eat); I just can't get excited about it the way other people can. But since I want to be as healthy as possible, I know that I need to figure it all out and eat the right things to get the most bang for my buck. But some days when it comes to eating meals—especially lunch—it's tough. I come up blank.

I know. It shouldn't be so hard.

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