Ringing in the New Year often means responsibly enjoying a few adult beverages. Expecting mothers don’t have to feel left out—it just takes a little creativity to incorporate some healthy, alcohol-free options into your party planning.
“It can be tough this time of year for soon-to-be moms to feel totally included, especially at New Year’s celebrations,” said Shari Hickey, nurse manager for Memorial Medical Center’s Family Maternity Suites. “When you’re planning a non-alcoholic option, just be sure to consider the amount of sugar in the mixers. This is especially important if the pregnant woman has gestational diabetes.” Read the rest of this entry »
It 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. Read the rest of this entry »
The 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.” Read the rest of this entry »
When 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.” Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Susan King, a mammography tech at Memorial Medical Imaging Services, works with the 3D mammography unit at Koke Mill Medical Center. (Photo: Kara Slating/Memorial Medical Center)
Adding 3D mammography to your traditional mammogram increases cancer detection and reduces false-positive results, according to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Also known as breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography is a type of digital mammography in which X-ray machines take pictures of thin slices of the breast from different angles, the National Cancer Institute says. Computer software reconstructs the image.
Memorial Medical Center will offer 3D mammography at two locations in Springfield beginning this fall. Memorial Breast Diagnostic Services will offer the screenings at Koke Mill Medical Center in the Mammography Department near Koke Mill ExpressCare and at Baylis Building at Rutledge and Miller streets. Read the rest of this entry »
The Roskelley family shortly after Lucas’ birth.
Jenny Roskelley was young, fit and had a normal pregnancy. After more than 10 hours of labor, doctors performed an emergency cesarean section because they were concerned the baby’s size might be too much for Jenny’s small frame. Jessica Weirich, a Memorial Family Maternity Suites RN, was her assigned nurse and had just recently started working on the labor and delivery unit.
Jenny and her husband, Jimmy, welcomed healthy baby boy Levi into their family. But before they could bask in the newborn glow, things started to go terribly wrong.
“The pain was so intense,” Jenny said. “I told Jessica something was wrong. I could feel my heart slowing down.” Read the rest of this entry »
Super Survivor Lisa Woods
When Lisa Woods received the news she had breast cancer, she wasn’t surprised. As the seventh woman in her family to have breast cancer, she was braced to hear the news from her doctor one day.
Lisa, who’s 46 and grew up in Springfield, has had annual mammograms since she was 26 years old, long before the age of 40 when women are recommended to receive yearly mammograms.
Her mother is a two-time cancer survivor; other women in her family who have had breast cancer are her three aunts, a grandmother and a great-aunt—all on her mother’s side of the family. Her grandmother, one of her aunts and her great-aunt all lost their battles with breast cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
Jill Heffernan imagines her bike tire going flat or a shoe coming untied mid-race. Half marathoner Julie Barth is a “bit nervous” about adding a 12-mile bike ride to her race-day routine. And Margarita Martin? She’s more excited than jittery—she’s come a long way in four years. All three women are patients of the Memorial Weight Loss & Wellness Center, and prove that race day jitters can strike whether you’re a beginner or a veteran athlete.
Fortunately, there are mental strategies that help alleviate anxiety. Jill works to keep her mind focused on the finish line and not the “what if” questions that pop up occasionally.
“In order to prepare myself mentally and push those jitters aside, my thoughts will be focused on moving forward,” Jill said. “I plan to just keep moving until the end of the race. My goal is to reach the finish line!” Read the rest of this entry »
Super Survivor Christina Nation
Christina Nation knew she could face her battle with breast cancer. She had already endured the most difficult thing a mother or father could face—the death of a child.
Certain moments in our lives are so earth-shattering, whether the news is good or bad, that we never forget the date. For Christina, her world shattered on May 22, 2013, when her 14-year-old son, Wyatt, took his life.
“He was such a happy kid. He loved to be funny and joke with people,” Christina said. He enjoyed video games but was equally at home outside, including fishing or taking boat rides on the river. He was eager to help others, whether giving money to a guy holding a sign on a street or dropping some change in the Salvation Army kettle at Christmas. He looked, acted and talked like his dad and loved to hear his dad’s hunting stories. “And he loved it every time someone told him that he was just like his dad. He was just an all-around great kid.” Read the rest of this entry »