It's hard to ignore all the pink going on in October. Even without the tribute, as women, we're all aware of breast cancer. Either we've had it ourselves, have had a scare, have a friend or relative with it or have had reason to worry (like having a genetic mutation, dense breasts or a strong family history). One of the other risk factors for breast cancer - one we can't control - is getting … [Read more...] about 5 Things Every Woman Must Know About Lowering Her Breast Cancer Risk
Happy (almost) end-of-summer! Not really happy for me…summer is my most favorite time of the year. And with the sky darkening earlier in the evening and the flowers becoming more scarce, I mourn the end of longer and warmer days and dressing in light fabrics and flip-flops. It’s been a long time since I posted anything here, I know. Summer has kept me very busy with my work as well as bike … [Read more...] about Menopause Comes Out of the Closet… and Other Things
I've been reading a lot lately about how harmful our phones can be to our health. And these articles aren't referring to the long-debated concerns about radiofrequency radiation and cancer risk - though if you want to read more about those, Click Here. No, this time they're suggesting a different animal. There's an increasing body of evidence that suggests the time spent on our smartphones … [Read more...] about So This is Why We Can’t Let Go of Our Cell Phones
It seems that lately, everyone is talking about menopause. Okay, not everyone, but the people I associate with. We’re all of “that age:” either we’ve gone through it or we’re presently going through it. And, as unreliable as memories can sometimes be, when it comes to menopause mine are crystal clear (even though my periods officially ended years ago in my early 50s): the hot flashes that … [Read more...] about Seven Effective Ways to Deal With Menopause
May is Mental Health Awareness Month – a good reminder to check up - and brush up - on yours. The pain began as a dull off-and-on ache between my shoulder blades. But then, seemingly overnight, it progressed into a persistent, sharp and stinging sensation that moved beyond my neck and down into my arm. The unrelenting pain woke me – and kept me - up at night. And the more I felt the pain, the … [Read more...] about Five Quick and Easy Tips to Keep Your Sanity When You’re in Pain
Communication is a skill that's vital - not just in our relationships, but in just about everything we do. By the time we're in this so-called midlife, we hope we've mastered it, but chances are we slip up from time to time. From the insignificant (like your order of a "triple, venti, soy, no-foam latte") - to the noteworthy (like telling the waiter to make sure there's no shrimp in that … [Read more...] about Here’s How to Communicate With Your Doctor
Greetings – remember me?? I write that because it’s been a long while since I’ve posted here - and that old saying, “Out of sight, out of mind” scares me a bit. I hate to lose whatever momentum I’ve gained since starting this blog back in 2012 (has it really been that long??). So, thanks for sticking with me! As I write this post, I realize I’ve been a bit, well…absent lately. Short … [Read more...] about Menopause, Bloating, Hair Loss, Friends and Cellulite
I'm not going to beat around the bush. (Okay, I realize that is a not-so-funny pun.) Why not get right to the point? Menopause brings many changes, and one of the peskiest being a change in the way your vagina feels, which can lead to itchiness, dryness, irritation (which can even lead to bleeding) and trouble with intercourse. Blame estrogen, or a lack thereof. So many women remain silent … [Read more...] about Menopause and Vaginal Dryness
It's a common scenario: Your parent is aging, and little by little the roles are reversing. You are becoming their parent, and they are becoming like your child. If you were born between 1946 and 1964, then you might be one of 76 million baby boomers approaching and/or ready to enter retirement. Or perhaps you're first ramping up a career that had been put on hold while you focused instead on … [Read more...] about Are You the Child of a Narcissist?
HEALTH STATISTIC(S) OF THE DAY More than one-third of U.S. women suffer from pelvic floor disorder, or PFD. About 377,000 are reported to have had surgery (as of 20102) for the disorder, with those numbers expected to climb significantly over the next several decades. During their lifetime, approximately one in 11 women will have surgery to address pelvic floor issues, says women's health … [Read more...] about How’s Your Pelvic Health?