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Healthcare Advocacy & Loving The Many Hats I Wear

This year I had the opportunity to help a couple move back to Central Pennsylvania. They had moved out of state when they were both in better health. Unfortunately, things changed drastically for the couple when George developed multiple medical conditions that ended up putting George in a wheelchair without the full use of his [...]

Free Health Event with Sue Severino, November 13th

Is your current health condition, or that of a loved one, weighing heavily on you right now? Ask yourself these questions: > Are you facing the challenges of a new or existing health-related condition? > Trying to navigate the details of your treatment? > Struggling to understand the costs and coverage associated with your insurance? [...]

Women Helping Women: Caring For Your Heart Health

Did you know that women are significantly more likely to survive a heart attack if their emergency physician is a woman? In 1991, Dr. Bernadine Healy, director of the National Institute of Health, wrote about the unequal attention and treatment women receive for multiple health conditions. She called this the “Yentl Syndrome” - after the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Men Can Be Great Caregivers Too

Over the last four years, I have been fortunate to witness some incredible acts of love by husbands and sons who have stepped up to become an amazing caregiver. They have taken care of their spouses with dementia and their mothers with cancer. Men have not often been raised to be the primary caregivers in [...]

Five Traits of Surfers and Caregivers

Last week, I discussed the similarities between surfing and caregiving. This week, let’s take a look at the traits that I have found to be similar in both surfers and caregivers. To be a surfer or a caregiver, you need to have the following characteristics: Patience  Surfers have to be willing to wait for the [...]

Stroke Awareness: A Timeline for Acting FAST

Last week, I wrote about a client who had a stroke and needed my assistance. Mary, age 64, developed a sudden loss of speech and had some weakness on her right side. She had been visiting with friend in Atlanta, Georgia and was taken to a nearby emergency room. Over the course of the next [...]

Stroke Awareness Month: the Guidance You Need

*The names and identifying details in the following blog post have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.* Two years ago, I got a call over Labor Day weekend from a colleague who was visiting his wife in Atlanta, Georgia. His wife had been in Atlanta to visit a friend, and as he was [...]