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Mental Health Month-Your Mental Health Affects your Overall Health

Mental Health America is a nationwide community based organization which has promoted mental health since 1909. Mental Health America and its affiliates have observed the month of May as being mental health awareness month for 65 years. This year’s theme is “Mind Your Health” which correlates the importance of one’s mental health to one’s overall health. I... Read more »

5 comments never to say to someone who's grieving

The phone rang. I had been home from the hospital a few hours and already people were calling. Hmm, did the surgeons insert a tracking device into me? I was finally home from the hospital after spending 4 days recovering and grieving from my surgery–I had part of my kidney removed due to kidney cancer. I... Read more »

Second Chances--Kidney Cancer

I will never forget December 18, 2008 because that day I received the results of my abdominal CT scan. I am a nurse practitioner and I had worked in the building where the radiology center was located. I left my office for the day, and headed down to the radiology department so that I could... Read more »
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6 Great Tips to Prevent a Midlife Crisis

6 Great Tips to Prevent a Midlife Crisis
I just turned 52 years young, that’s right, young. Every birthday I take some time to reflect on my year– the good, the bad, the ugly. This year was a turning point for me. When I turned 50, it was a difficult birthday because I felt time was ticking away so fast and that I... Read more »

Menopause---I am no Longer a Feminist, God is a Male

There is only one explanation why the word menopause is not one of the 7 dirty words George Carlin said in his very funny comedy bit—because HE IS A MAN!  There are many adjectives I could use to describe menopause such as cruel and unusual punishment; however, before I get to my rant I want... Read more »

Owning a Pet can be Rewarding and Benefits Health

Owning a pet can be  rewarding and benefits health. Any animal that gives pleasure, companionship, and is taken care of is considered a pet. While I am not fond of snakes, I do know people that have them and adore them.   Heck, I will even include a pet rock if your rock gives you pleasure (I... Read more »
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Acceptance Can Be a Hard Pill to Swallow

Acceptance can be a hard pill to swallow. Recently a friend of mine was complaining about her job and how much she dislikes it. As much as she would love to do something different such as going back to school to follow her dream, her life right now is too complicated by work, family and... Read more »

What to Expect from your Doctor and What your Doctor Expects from You

What to expect from your doctor and what your doctor expects from you. When I say doctor, by the way, I mean any healthcare provider.  Let me introduce myself; my name is Nancy and I am a nurse practitioner.   I have treated countless patients throughout my career but the ones that send chills down my... Read more »

Therapy Shelter Dogs--Rescuing Dogs, Saving People

My son had a brain tumor removed on Halloween of this year.  His recovery was complicated by numerous seizures which kept him in the ICU for 8 days.   He was on a great deal of sedating medications to suppress his seizures so he remembers very little of his stay in the ICU except for... Read more »
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My Journey to Clarity, a Genuine Thanksgiving--Watching My Son Recover From Brain Surgery

This is the third installment of the journey of my son’s health crisis through my eyes.  While the journey is not quite over; each day the road becomes easier to walk on.   Here are the first two installments  if you have not read them yet–My Journey to Clarity, a Genuine Thanksgiving–The Beginning and My... Read more »
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