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Take Steps Toward Preventing Cervical Cancer

  • Posted on: 11 December 2013
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It's important to understand what HPV is and how it's connected to cervical cancer.

by Nancy R. Berman, ANP-BC, NCMP

As a nurse practitioner, I see many women who test positive for human papillomavirus (HPV). Often, these women are scared when they hear the results—sometimes unnecessarily so. That's why it's important to understand what HPV is and how it's connected to cervical cancer.

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Early COPD Diagnosis and Education Help Make Symptoms Manageable

  • Posted on: 14 November 2013
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by Maggie Borger

My COPD diagnosis can only be described as shocking. When I first got sick in December 2004, I thought I just had the flu. But my breathing difficulties worsened until I was diagnosed six months later with emphysema, a form of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

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Exercise and Diet Help Me Manage COPD Symptoms and Live a Healthier Life

  • Posted on: 5 November 2013
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by Jean Rommes

I have emphysema, as well as chronic bronchitis and an asthma component. I smoked for 30 years and quit in 1992, mostly because I realized that I was organizing my entire day at work around when I could smoke. I decided that was pretty stupid, so I got the patches and quit. I had never tried to quit before; I had cut back occasionally, but I never really tried to quit until I actually did it.

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Caring for Husband With Stomach Cancer Is a Labor of Love

  • Posted on: 1 April 2013
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Caring for husband with stomach cancer isn't easy, but it's a labor of love.

by Karen Klein

When my husband tells me, "You didn't sign up for this," I think, yes, I did. Sixteen years ago, on our wedding day, I made a bunch of promises in front of a room full of people. One of those promises had something to do with "in sickness and in health." So yes, I did sign up for this. I just didn't think I'd be called upon to fulfill the worst version of that one. But you don't get to pick and choose.

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Living With COPD

  • Posted on: 5 February 2013
  • By: BrendaDargan
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I was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in January 1999 after spending six weeks getting over pneumonia. It was at a follow-up visit that my primary care doctor said, while listening to my lungs, "I don't hear much."After all those weeks of coughing, wheezing and gurgling when I breathed, I thought that was a good thing. It was a surprise when he said, "No, it isn't a good thing."

Pam DeNardoBy Pam DeNardo 

I was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in January 1999 after spending six weeks getting over pneumonia. It was at a follow-up visit that my primary care doctor said, while listening to my lungs, "I don't hear much."After all those weeks of coughing, wheezing and gurgling when I breathed, I thought that was a good thing. It was a surprise when he said, "No, it isn't a good thing."

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Rewrite Your Day Gives Woman With Chronic Migraine Something to Be Thankful For

  • Posted on: 4 January 2013
  • By: BrendaDargan

Meet Charity Wittner, of Mobile, Ala., a woman with chronic migraine and one of 15 winners of the Rewrite Your Day contest. As a winner, Charity got to work with celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss to re-create a special moment lost to chronic migraine.

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by Charity Wittner

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Rewrite Your Day Gives Woman With Chronic Migraine a Christmas Celebration

  • Posted on: 4 January 2013
  • By: BrendaDargan

Meet Donna Love, a South Bend, Indiana, native, a woman with chronic migraine and one of 15 winners of the Rewrite Your Day contest. As a winner, Donna got to work with celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss to re-create a special moment lost to chronic migraine.

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by Donna Love

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Crohn's Disease: It Didn't Keep Me From the Olympics, and It Won't Stop Me Now

  • Posted on: 30 November 2012
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by Carrie Johnson

I'm a three-time Olympic athlete. I'm a veterinary student. And I'm living with Crohn's disease.

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References 1. Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of American, What is Crohn's disease? Accessed on October 29, 2012, from http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-crohns-disease/.

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