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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I Was Diagnosed With MS at Age 35, and My Story Is One of Hope

  • Posted on: 10 October 2019
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Stress and anxiety are used interchangeably but there is a difference between them.

By Jill Koziol

Three and a half years ago, my life completely changed. I had just launched a digital media company called Motherly. My plate was full with work and two young children, but since I thrive working on projects that mean something to me, I was enjoying this exciting and intense time in my life.

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Taking Small Self-Care Steps to Heal My Mind, Body and Soul

  • Posted on: 30 September 2019
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Blogger Judy Freedman describes how she's slowing down to care for her mind, body and soul as she faces cancer and loss.

It's been about 10 days since I wrote about my burnout and need to create a new relaxation game plan for my life after 60. Many of you responded affirmatively as I shared my need to de-stress and slow down and said you did too. "Let me know how you intend to do this," said a reader, who indicated she was moving at record-speed all the time.

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How to Practice Mindful Aging

  • Posted on: 27 August 2019
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Mindful aging is accepting and embracing changes that are an inevitable part of growing old, says psychotherapist and aging expert Andrea Brandt. And never limit what you think you can accomplish.
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Mindful aging is accepting and embracing changes that are an inevitable part of growing old, says psychotherapist and aging expert Andrea Brandt. And never limit what you think you can accomplish.

"There is no magical age at which we need to abandon our dreams and surrender our possibilities," says renowned psychotherapist and aging expert Andrea Brandt, PhD, MFT. So, as you think about growing older—which we all do, if we're lucky—Dr. Brandt says to ask yourself

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Menopause Comes Out of the Closet—and Other Things

  • Posted on: 26 August 2019
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TV shows, celebrities and even art exhibits are helping to bring menopause out of the closet. And menopause experts say it's about time.
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Happy (almost) end-of-summer! Not really happy for me—summer is my favorite time of year. And with the sky darkening earlier in the evening and the flowers becoming scarcer, I mourn the end of longer and warmer days and dressing in light fabrics and flip-flops.

Summer has kept me very busy with bike rides, long walks, trips to farmers' markets, family reunions and late-afternoon visits to the beach when the sun is not as threatening and the crowds thin out. And, of course, work.

Here's what I've been writing about this summer.

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