‘Tis the Season for Family, Friends, Food, Parties … and Anxiety!

‘Tis the Season for Family, Friends, Food, Parties … and Anxiety!

“Happy Holidays,” I say with a Cheshire Cat grin plastered on my face while internally just wanting to crawl into bed and sleep until January 2nd.

For most people the holidays are all about spending time with and celebrating family and friends. For others, the holidays can be extremely stressful as they juggle the end of the year work commitments, holiday parties, their children’s holiday events, buying gifts, making holiday dinners and more. For me, the holidays used to be fun but also stressful as my parents ran around getting ready to host family but now it’s a sad time of year, a time when I lost my mom, and the holidays are a reminder of that loss.

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In the Fight Against Breast Cancer, You Shouldn’t Also Have to Fight to Swallow Your Pain Pills

Due to privacy rights, this is not the actual patient.

In the Fight Against Breast Cancer, You Shouldn’t Also Have to Fight to Swallow Your Pain Pills

July 2021: “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but your mother has breast cancer. It’s a very rare type of breast cancer and I suggest we start treatments immediately.”
August 2021: Mother undergoes double mastectomy.
September 2021: Chemotherapy treatments begin.

This is how the past few months have gone for one of my coworker’s friends. Her friend’s life was jolted when she learned of her mother’s diagnosis. Nothing can prepare you for hearing that news, and nothing can prepare you for what happens next.

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Getting Older is Hard Enough Without Worrying About How to Take Your Medicine

Getting Older is Hard Enough Without Worrying About How to Take Your Medicine

Let’s face it, we are all getting older. It’s inevitable. No matter how healthy you are, how hard you try to stay in shape and eat a healthy diet, you can’t stop aging. While 50 may be the new 40 and 40 the new 30, the hands of time keep on ticking.

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I Want to Help My Baby, but I Gag and Almost Throw Up Every Time I Try to Take My Prenatal Vitamins

I Want to Help My Baby, but I Gag and Almost Throw Up Every Time I Try to Take My Prenatal Vitamins

I’m pregnant! Can you believe it?!? I cannot begin to describe to you the feelings I had when I found out I was pregnant. Pure elation only touches the surface of my feelings of joy. Of course, those happy feelings were also coupled with fear, anxiety, and being overwhelmed; but even with those fears, nothing made me happier, and I found myself becoming very protective of my unborn baby.

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I Never Thought I Would Have Trouble Swallowing Food or Pills and Then it Happened

I Never Thought I Would Have Trouble Swallowing Food or Pills and Then it Happened

Trouble swallowing? I don’t have any issues swallowing food, drinks, or pills. I don’t need to worry about this. Or so I thought. Little did a know that soon I would start having issues swallowing food and pills thanks to an enlarged thyroid.

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Arthritis Causes Enough Pain, You Shouldn’t Have to Worry About the Pain from Swallowing Your Pills

Arthritis Causes Enough Pain, You Shouldn’t Have to Worry About the Pain from Swallowing Your Pills

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, so isn’t it fitting that I’m celebrating by recovering from a double hip replacement due to severe deterioration of my bones from osteoarthritis. My hips were so bad doctors would literally do a double-take looking at the scans and then at me. You see, the x-rays and scans showed the hips of a 70-year-old, not an athlete in her 40s. I would push through the pain, continuing to run half-marathons and other races, but the osteoarthritis in my hips just got worse until I finally had no quality of life and no other options but to replace them both.

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Medicine Leaving a Bad Taste in Your Mouth? You are Not Alone … and a Pill Coating Can Help!

Medicine Leaving a Bad Taste in Your Mouth? You are Not Alone … and a Pill Coating Can Help!

This is terrible … bitter, strong … how am I going to get this taste out of my mouth? Now it’s lingering, making my coffee taste awful. I can’t keep taking these pills if they are going to dissolve in my mouth!

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