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
  • By: jleff
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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 Take Care of Your Heart After Menopause

  • Posted on: 17 February 2017
  • By: helen
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February is American Heart Month and a good time to focus on taking care of your heart. This is especially important for postmenopausal women.
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February is American Heart Month and a good time to focus on taking care of your heart. This is especially important for postmenopausal women.

February is American Heart Month, so I thought I would remind you to take care of your heart. This is especially important for women our age.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women—more than all cancers combined. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

Go Red for Women

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How to Find the Right Caregiver for Your Parent

  • Posted on: 17 February 2017
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If your mom or dad can no longer care for all his or her needs, it may be time to explore the many options for in-home care.

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If your mom or dad can no longer care for all his or her needs, it may be time to explore the many options for in-home care.


By Tracy Layden

Mom was always there for you. Even after you moved out, you turned to her for comfort, support and advice. But now that you're both older, she's started to need more of your help.

It's hard to acknowledge that Mom is no longer able to properly take care of herself. Even harder? Realizing you can no longer help her on your own.

Moving Mom (or Dad) to a nursing home doesn't have to be the next step. There are many options for in-home care that extend your parents' time in their own house.

Assess the Needs

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How to be Kind to Your Heart—It's Not Just a Man's Issue!

  • Posted on: 13 February 2017
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February is American Heart Month—a good time to learn about heart disease prevention and awareness. Start with knowing the risks, signs and symptoms.
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February is American Heart Month—a good time to learn about heart disease prevention and awareness. Start with knowing the risks, signs and symptoms.

Since February is all about hearts, I think it's important to dispense some helpful advice.

Sorry, the advice is not for the lovelorn—that's for other experts—but for those of you who are concerned about the health of your heart.

And that should be all of us.

The reasons are simple. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease:

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So Much to Explore and Do in St. Petersburg's Vibrant Downtown

  • Posted on: 10 February 2017
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St. Petersburg, Florida, offers a vibrant downtown, with markets, shops and restaurants to explore—and beautiful beaches!
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St. Petersburg, Florida, offers a vibrant downtown, with markets, shops and restaurants to explore—and beautiful beaches!

As a former New Yorker, I love exploring new cities when I travel. That's why I so enjoyed my first visit to St. Petersburg, Florida. St. Petersburg has the best of both worlds—the beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast and a vibrant downtown that's filled with great restaurants, shops and cultural destinations.

If I ever decide to spend my life after 50 winters in a warmer climate, I could definitely see living in St. Petersburg or a Florida city nearby.

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