An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure

  • Posted on: 6 November 2018
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Pain has an annoying way of creeping up on you and settling in to stay. These tips can help you prevent pain, so you won't have to get rid of it.

Pain has an annoying way on creeping up on you. And, if you're not careful, in time it can take over your life. Like a houseguest who loves your hospitality a bit too much, once pain arrives, it can be a challenge to get it to pack up and leave.

Learn more: Is Your Everyday Life Setting You Up for Pain?

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My Journey From Mom to Caregiver

  • Posted on: 29 October 2018
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I never thought my daughter would have cancer. Here is our journey.

By Lynn Clark

When your child is sick, you want to be as close to them as possible. When my daughter, Jennifer, landed in the hospital due to severe abdominal pain, I could not have been farther away. My husband and I were in China, and she was in Philadelphia.

Even though she was 23 years old at the time, had her own place and had a job, she was still my child, and not being there was rough. She was told the pain was due to a cyst on her ovary and was discharged the same day.

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What I'd Tell My Young Self Facing Breast Cancer

  • Posted on: 24 October 2018
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Breast cancer is scary at any age, but especially to a young woman. Writer Sheryl Kraft shares the advice she would give her younger self facing breast cancer if she could go back in time.

Popular around the internet these days is this question (which offers a perfect opportunity for reflection): "What would you tell your younger self?"

And since it's breast cancer awareness month, I've taken the opportunity to put my personal spin on this question and extend it to ask myself: "What would you tell your younger self after you've been diagnosed with breast cancer?"

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Share Your Best Thriver Pose to Support #MoreforMBC

  • Posted on: 22 October 2018
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Thriver pose campaign aims to raise awareness and support for women living with metastatic breast cancer, so post your thriver pose with #MoreforMBC.

Last October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I shared an essay written by Antoinette Truglio Martin, a post-50 woman who is living with metastatic breast cancer.

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Flu Shot Myths

  • Posted on: 16 October 2018
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October is prime time for getting your flu shot. If you think you don't need one, your reasons may be more fiction than fact.

It happens every year, just as we turn the calendar to October. Along with the pink signs reminding us that it's breast cancer awareness month are signs imploring us to get our flu vaccines.

It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become fully protective, so it's recommended you get yours sometime before the end of October, before the flu starts to spread. (Note that getting vaccinated later can still be beneficial and protective, because the season can last as late as May.)

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References: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2018-2019.htm https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/how-fluvaccine-made.htm https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm https://www.cdc.gov/features/fluhighrisk/index.html

Menopause and Panic Attacks: What's the Connection?

  • Posted on: 9 October 2018
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Many women going through perimenopause and menopause experience frequent panic attacks, likely connected to fluctuating hormones. The panic attacks can hit unexpectedly and at any time.

Your hands tremble, your chest heaves, you're sweating and clammy and feel like you're having nervous breakdown or a heart attack. You feel out of control and detached from the world. (Keep in mind that chest pain from a panic attack usually feels like a sharp or stabbing, localized pain in the mid-chest area, while pain from a heart attack is usually a pressure or squeezing sensation that can radiate outward to the jaw, shoulder blades or arm.)

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7 Effective Ways to Deal With Menopause

  • Posted on: 27 September 2018
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Menopause is a passage into a new phase of life and ushers in a new set of challenges. Here are some tips to help you be your own health advocate and stay healthy.
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It seems that lately everyone is talking about menopause.

OK, not everyone, but the people I associate with.

We're all of "that age": either we've gone through it or we're going through it.

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In the Balance: We Need to Ensure Access to Pain Management Options While Confronting the Opioid Crisis

  • Posted on: 26 September 2018
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In recognition of Pain Awareness Month, Phyllis Greenberger, HealthyWomen’s Senior Vice President for Science and Health Policy, reflects on the importance of safeguarding the health needs of chronic pain patients while confronting the opioid crisis.

In recognition of Pain Awareness Month, I am reflecting on what I learned from women and men living with chronic pain at a public meeting in June hosted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain. What I heard was heartbreaking. Many of these patients have been in pain for more than 10 years; some of their experiences with pain began in childhood. They described pain in all its dimensions: throbbing, tingling, burning, stabbing, and aching symptoms, with muscular and nerve-related pain as their most common sources of pain.

A Letter to My 21-year-old, Newly Diagnosed With Crohn's Self–From 13 Years in the Future

  • Posted on: 11 September 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.

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

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10 Secrets to Sail Through Menopause

  • Posted on: 11 September 2018
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Try these 10 secrets for coping with menopause that can empower you to be healthier, wiser and stronger.

Menopause happens. Granted, not everyone reacts the same to it. Some people breeze through it without much fanfare.

READ: Learn more about menopause from HealthyWomen at forevHer. 

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