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I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

I'm religious about getting my annual mammogram. That's because I have a history of fibrocystic disease and in my 20s had a fibroadenoma (benign tumor) removed from my right breast. Every year, I worry that something not so benign will show up and every year I sigh with relief when I get a letter saying everything is normal. Not this year. Instead, I got a phone call from the Mammography Department at Mercy Hospital. The radiologist wanted me to come back for additional views. My heart sank. The diagnosis turned out to be DCIS, something I had never heard of before. I've discovered that neither do a lot of other people, so I decided to share my story on my Catching Health blog. Go to the blog ...

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Fran Paris, who is 79, has a balance problem and tries to keep herself steady so that she doesn’t fall. When she noticed that Woodford’s Congregational Church was offering a Fall Risk Screening Event to help people learn more about their risks, she hightailed it over there. Read what Fran learned about her risks ...

 

Never too old to get mono

Never too old to get mono

Not too long ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with mononucleosis (mono). When I hear that someone has mono, I think teenager. My friend may be so in spirit, but in reality she is a grandmother. Read more ...

Taking Action Against Pancreatic Cancer

Taking Action Against Pancreatic Cancer

As far back as she can remember, Sarah Swanson liked to hang out at her mother's jewelry store — G. Irwin Co. in Kittery. It's closed now. Sarah's mother Ann Pardoe died at the age of 62 on March 3, 2013, 11 months after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Read more ...

Sex After Menopause

Sex After Menopause

You finally made it through menopause. The problem is along with no more periods you also seem to have no more desire for sex. Take heart. You’re not alone. Read more ...

Preventing Falls: It's a Matter of Balance

Preventing Falls: It's a Matter of Balance

At the age of 89, Barbara Stetson has finally learned to slow down at bit. That doesn't mean she limits what she does, just that she doesn't rush around like she used to. "I had seven children," she explains. "I raised them alone. I played piano in restaurants and a lot of church music on Sundays. That's how I supported my children.  I was always multi-tasking. I went dashing from one place to another and I got so I always did things fast. I've now learned to slow down." Read more ...