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Knowledge, Faith and Courage Shape One Woman’s Cancer Journey

Posted by | Posted in Cancer Care, Events, Women | Posted on 09-22-2016

Hays-Monica-Ovarian-Cancer-SurvivorIt was the intense cramping that woke her up that cold, January morning. She had noticed some recent weight gain around her stomach and it had become sore to the touch. After taking some pain relievers, Monica Hay, then a 46-year-old employee of the state, tried to go back to sleep. However, the cramping became unbearable, and her mom rushed her to the emergency room.

News quickly came that a tumor the size of a soccer ball located in her ovary had burst and was leaking. That’s when she first heard her diagnosis: ovarian cancer.

Super Survivor: ‘Your Whole World Turns Upside Down in a Moment’s Notice’

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Events, Foundation, Women | Posted on 09-19-2016

Super-Survivor-Michelle-BuscherThe call came on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day seven years ago.

Michelle Buscher, then 42 years old, was soundly slumbering, enjoying the last day of a three-day weekend before going back to work. Her phone rang promptly at 8 a.m. The woman at the other end of the line told her that her test results came back. Michelle had lobular invasive carcinoma.

“What did you say?” she asked the woman, waking up her husband, Jerry.

“Honey, you have cancer. You need to come in tomorrow and talk to the surgeon,” the woman explained.

And that quickly, in two short minutes, Michelle’s seemingly perfect life evaporated into a nightmare. “Your whole world turns upside down in a moment’s notice.”

Suicide Prevention: You Matter

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health | Posted on 09-08-2016

Suicide-Prevention-ImageHave you or someone you know lost a loved one to suicide? While it is not an easy topic to discuss, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. Every year, nearly one million people worldwide die by suicide, or one death by suicide every 40 seconds.

More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have depression or another diagnosable mental disorder. Many times, they have a substance abuse problem. It is important to learn and recognize the warning signs. The majority tell someone first, so never take threats of suicide lightly.

4 Ways to Help Your Kids Have a Healthy Body Image

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Memorial Medical Center, Parents | Posted on 08-29-2016

Young-Girl-on-ScalesChildren are developing an unhealthy body image at younger and younger ages, said Cheri Harrison, MS, LCPC, pediatric program coordinator for the Memorial Center for Healthy Families at Memorial Medical Center. They feel there’s something wrong with the way they look and believe they need to change it.

Super Survivor Faces Her Greatest Mental and Physical Challenge

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Foundation, Memorial Medical Center, Women | Posted on 08-22-2016

Super-Survivor-Carol-HarmsWhen Carol Harms went in for her annual mammogram this February and a suspicious spot was found, she didn’t give it too much thought.

There’s very little presence of cancer in her family. And she had been feeling intermittently unwell since November, so she thought the spot might be an anomaly. The previous year, her mammogram required a follow-up mammogram, which turned out to be nothing.

She was more concerned about the biopsy six days later. She recalled thinking, “I’m going to have to do this biopsy, and it’s going to hurt.”

Breastfeeding in Public: An Insider’s Look into the Controversy

Posted by | Posted in ALMH, Maternity, Memorial Medical Center, Parents, Passavant Area Hospital, Pediatrics, Women | Posted on 08-16-2016

Kara and Jason Kincaid, with 5-year-old Melanie, 3-year-old Will and infant daughter Mya.

Kara and Jason Kincaid, with 5-year-old Melanie, 3-year-old Will and infant daughter Mya.

If you spend time online, you’ve seen the stories. Moms asked to cover up or stop breastfeeding in public as to not offend people around them. While health experts and most of society agree “breast is best” when it comes to feeding your baby, how did where the baby eats become so controversial?

We talked to three current or former nursing moms to get their take on the issue.

Super Survivor’s Source of Strength Includes Her Patients

Posted by | Posted in Be Aware Womens Fair Super Survivors, Cancer Care, Events, News | Posted on 08-10-2016

Super Survivor, Kelli Fisher

Super Survivor, Kelli Fisher

As program coordinator of Memorial Medical Center’s palliative care program, Kelli Fisher has been a source of strength and stability to hundreds of patients for the last decade, many of them facing their own battles with cancer.

What she didn’t know was their own journeys would one day be a source of strength for her, after she received confirmation in 2015 that a suspicious lump in her left breast was cancer.

A Sherman resident, Kelli is one of three women who were randomly chosen as Super Survivors to be honored at this year’s Memorial’s Be Aware Women’s Fair. The seventh annual event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Orr Building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

MOSAIC Helps Teen Move Forward from Depression

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Pediatrics, Testimonial | Posted on 08-08-2016

Memorial Behavioral Health’s Children’s Mosaic Project is a collaboration of community resources that form a complete network of behavioral healthcare to youth in central Illinois. MOSAIC, or Meaningful Opportunities for Success and Achievement Through Service Integration for Children, brings together healthcare services, schools and neighborhood outreach programs to create an integrated mosaic of services.

Now a happy and healthy teenager, Trina* wanted to share her story to let others know they are not alone. Trina, a high school senior, took part in MOSAIC counseling services after she scored in the highly elevated range on a social-emotional screen. Although she had never had any counseling services before, she said she often felt depressed.

More Patients Overcome the Odds at Memorial

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Safety, Testimonial | Posted on 08-03-2016

BrianIt’s a killer many of us know little about. It affects more than 1 million people each year, and half don’t survive. It could begin with something as small as a cut in gym class, and warning signs and red flags can be easily missed or misread. If not treated within a couple of hours, consequences are almost always deadly.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is your body’s toxic or severe response to an infection. Symptoms include high or low body temperature, fast heart rate and extreme discomfort. The death rate from sepsis is higher than breast cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer combined. And somehow, fewer than half of Americans have even heard the word “sepsis,” according to the Sepsis Alliance.

Health Benefits of Quinoa

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Center for Healthy Families, Nutrition, Weight Loss and Wellness | Posted on 07-29-2016

QuinoaQuinoa (pronounced KEEN-WAH) is one of the latest superfoods and has quickly become a very trendy addition to foods commonly served in households and restaurants across America.

Quinoa is the edible seed of the goosefoot plant, exclusively grown in South America. It is a natural gluten-free alternative that is packed with iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and fiber. Though quinoa is a seed, it is still considered a whole grain and can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer and obesity. Quinoa is also non-GMO and usually grown organically.