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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Reflecting on Motherhood & Crohn's: Year One

  • Posted on: 19 April 2018
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Parenthood is daunting, no matter what, especially your first time around. Throw in an unpredictable, often debilitating condition and tackling the role is even more challenging.
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Parenthood is daunting, no matter what, especially your first time around. Throw in an unpredictable, often debilitating condition and tackling the role is even more challenging.

Natalie Hayden is a #teamHealthyWomen Contributor and this post is part of HealthyWomen's Real Women, Real Stories series.

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What's Your Attitude Toward Aging?

  • Posted on: 17 April 2018
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How do you feel about the possibility of living to be 100 years old? Leading experts offer some ideas to think about.
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How do you feel about the possibility of living to be 100 years old? Leading experts offer some ideas to think about.

I recently attended an exciting and thought-provoking event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., called "Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100." AARP and Forbes put on the all-day conference where leading experts in the fields of health, tech, work and personal finance, education and policy gathered to share their thoughts on aging and its implications.

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How to Treat Your Aging Skin

  • Posted on: 11 April 2018
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Many forces are at work on our aging skin, and some changes are normal. How can you care for your skin and minimize signs of aging?
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Many forces are at work on our aging skin, and some changes are normal. How can you care for your skin and minimize signs of aging?

When you think about things that cause wrinkles, sagging and age spots, you probably blame the sun.

And you'd be right: Sun exposure is the number one culprit in aging skin. But there are many other factors. Some we can control, and others we can't.

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How to Make Peace With an Aging Body

  • Posted on: 9 April 2018
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Aging isn't easy. Our body sometimes betrays us, whether it's high cholesterol, bulging middle or thinning bones. Sometimes all we can do is make peace with ourselves.
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Aging isn't easy. Our body sometimes betrays us, whether it's high cholesterol, bulging middle or thinning bones. Sometimes all we can do is make peace with ourselves.

Lately I've been feeling that my body is aging rather quickly. I know I've always been an optimist, but as I progress in my 60th year and into my sixth decade, I've noticed my body is shifting, and I want to make peace with it.

My Cholesterol Is Rising
"My cholesterol has gone up more than 50 points since last year," I said to my BFF M. "It's at 297. It's my genetic makeup."

"Mine is really high too," said M. "Mine is hereditary too. I'm not worried about it." I wish I could make peace with it like M.

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