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When Should You Get Your First Mammogram?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every October countries across the world bring attention to the importance of breast cancer awareness, research, and education. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women (excluding skin cancer) with about 246,000 cases per year in the U.S alone. More than 40,000 women die each year from breast [...]

Not Being Heard | What You Need To Know About How Your Sex Can Affect Your Medical Care

Your gender matters when it comes to pain treatment. Take it from me... About four years ago, I was in excruciating pain, the worst I’d ever experienced, due to a hip injury and I ended up in the ER. I’d never been an emergency room patient before, and it was an eye-opening experience to say [...]

My Friend Becky Thoroughgood Is A Licensed Acupuncturist: Here’s Her Insight On Pain

Becky Thoroughgood How Does The Weather Affect Chronic Pain Patients? At 80, my grandmother was a better forecaster than the Weather Channel. If there was even a hint of barometric pressure change, as occurs before a rainstorm, her neck would sound the alarm.  Once humidity rose, her arthritic fingers would become swollen, stiff [...]

My Experience With Alternative Pain Management Techniques

For the last 10 years, I’ve had a variety of aches and pains associated with mild to moderate rheumatoid arthritis (RA). When I was first diagnosed with RA, I wondered if the pain in my feet and hands would ever get better. After finally determining a reason for my pain I started a treatment plan [...]

Alternative Treatments for Pain

What’s the first thing you do when you get an ache or a pain? If you’re like most Americans, you probably reach for a pill to take the pain away. We are a country that relies on the quick fix. Often we do get short-term relief from pain medications. However, it’s been well documented that [...]

Home Away From Home

When Fred Rogers was a young boy and would see scary things on the news, his mother would comfort him by telling him to “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”   One of those helpers is the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Located across the street from Penn State [...]

Should You Hire In-Home Care?

One of the main reasons I started my Health Advocacy business was to share what I learned through becoming a caregiver for both of my parents. During this experience, I learned a lot of things to do and not to do, and I knew there we many people struggling with similar caregiving responsibilities themselves. If [...]

Helping the Visually Impaired

This month, I want to shine a light on a few of the fantastic resources that are available throughout the Central Pennsylvania area. One of those shining stars is the Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (formerly Tri-County Association for the Blind). Shortly after graduation from high school, my mom had the opportunity to work for [...]

Giving With Their Hearts~n~Hands

I recently had the exciting opportunity to spend a Saturday morning with the Hearts~n~Hands Sertoma Club of Mechanicsburg, PA. The club asked me to stop by and give them an overview of what my responsibilities are as a Health Advocate. I am truly honored to have met such a wonderful group of volunteers who have [...]

What is the Second Most Common Form of Demenita?

The most common and familiar type of Dementia Alzheimer's Dementia; however, did you know that Lewy Body Dementia is the second most common type of dementia? Unfortunately, this illness is also the most misdiagnosed form of dementia. The Lewy Body Dementia Association reports that on average, it takes over 18 months to diagnosis, despite obtaining [...]