I don’t know what you picture when you hear “breast cancer patient,” but I’d be willing to bet it isn’t me — a 58-year-old male. The truth you might not realize is that breast cancer affects men, too. It all started when I found a lump under my shoulder blade. It seemed strange but at … Continue reading Men get breast cancer, too
You’ve heard of diabetes, but do you know about prediabetes? Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not elevated to the point of diabetes. Prediabetes indicates a person has insulin resistance — meaning your cells are becoming resistant to insulin, the hormone our bodies use to regulate blood sugar. Insulin tells your body … Continue reading What is prediabetes and can you reverse it?
If you’re a first-time mom-to-be, you have probably thought some of these questions: When should I go to the hospital? What do real labor contractions feel like? How will I know when it’s the “real thing?” It is completely normal to experience wonder and often anxiety about knowing when and how labor will start, and … Continue reading Is it real labor contractions or Braxton Hicks?
If you took a peek inside the average American refrigerator, chances are you’d come across some type of milk. Milk has long been a staple in many households. For people with allergies to cow’s milk proteins, plant-based milks made from nuts, seeds or grains are a useful alternative. Let’s look at our options from a … Continue reading Udderly confused: Which “milk” is best?
Yoga can bring healing to both body and mind for those who practice. This dual benefit can be especially valuable for those affected by breast cancer. From the moment of diagnosis through treatment and recovery, this disease is something that lives with you forever. Exercise — no matter what level of intensity — has been … Continue reading How yoga can heal body and mind for breast cancer patients
Many people struggle with some degree of anxiety from time to time and to a point, that can be healthy. Worry is part of what makes us human, but our bodies can only handle so much stress being in constant fight or flight mode. When you notice this intense worry affecting your day-to-day life and decisions, it’s time … Continue reading How to talk to your doctor about anxiety
When a person receives a life-altering diagnosis like that of cancer, two questions generally asked are: “Am I going to die?” and “Will my family get this, too?” The answer to the first question is long and complicated, and depends on a lot of things. But the answer to the second question is getting clearer … Continue reading How family history and genetics affect your cancer risk
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, you’re probably thinking, where do I go from here? As you consider your options for surgery and treatment, you might also be considering breast reconstruction surgery. After a mastectomy, breast reconstruction can help restore your sense of self-image, balance and femininity. But keep in mind that every woman … Continue reading How to know if breast reconstruction is right for you
“Why don’t you compete in the Transplant Olympics?” A friend asked me this question back in early May 2018. “I’ve never heard of the Transplant Olympics,” I replied. But despite my lack of knowledge, I was intrigued. After doing some research, I learned the purpose of Transplant Games of America (TGA) is to honor organ … Continue reading 72-year-old lung transplant recipient honors organ donor by competing in Transplant Games
When it comes to breastfeeding, there are a lot of opinions. But it’s important to remember that every baby is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all answer. While breastfeeding may not be a fit for every mother due to health or other concerns, baby formula is a good alternative. If you and your doctor agree … Continue reading Which baby formula should you choose?