Tag: health

The Core Needle Biopsy I Had to Check for Breast Cancer

Every year for the last 10 years I've been getting an annual mammogram. I started going fairly early on because I had some nasty mastitis issues during my breast feeding years and my doctor wanted to keep an eye on the scar tissue. Then I was added to the breast screening program and it became a regular thing.  The process is pretty straightforward - go in, take everything off from the waist up, have a technician put your boob on the cold glass plates, flatten the plates around your breast and crank it really tight. Turn this way, grab that…

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Winter Skin Care

At this time of the year most people I know suffer from very dry skin. I drink lots of water and use cream constantly but it is still flaky, itchy and rough. To properly moisturize I need to remove the dry flaky stuff first so the cream will get absorbed into my skin versus the top layer of dry skin that acts like a barrier. It is necessary to slough or exfoliate the top layer of skin before you can get to the part that needs it.  scrub In an effort to find a 'natural' treatment for dry skin, I did…

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Probiotics for a healthy gut

Today I'm going to share with you a little bit of information about probiotics. I've always been sensitive to smells - I love the smell of flowers, freshly laundered sheets and the back of my dog's head. I don't like the smells of the fish department in the grocery store, rotten potatoes or car exhaust.  I can smell everything and it drives my family crazy. One day I noticed a rather unpleasant collection of odours wafting from different parts of me. I wasn't sure if this was another one of those perimenopause 'changes' I keep hearing about.  I tried many…

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Drop of Golden Sun at Ste. Anne’s Spa

It was a tough winter in terms of warm one day then freezing cold the next. That can wreck havoc with your health. It dries you out and sets up a good environment for colds to settle in - not to mention it dries your skin out too.  This cold February I was invited to join a group of women at the world class Ste. Anne’s Spa right here in Ontario. Known as one of the best rejuvenation facilities in the world, Ste. Anne’s is a place committed to restoring your true self. This is a quote from their site: "The…

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#FuelYourAwesome

It has happened - we are engaged. By engaged I mean committed. And by committed I mean to an act of craziness that might just save my life completely - medically and psychologically. I found out last fall that I needed to make some major changes in my life "or else". Keeping an open mind for a solution this is what I found: The Whole Life Fitness Manifesto, or WLFM, is an approach to improving one's life in many ways and it only takes 2% of your entire day to be involved. 15 minutes of intentional movement, 5 minutes of personal…

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Protected Not Infected – the HPV Vaccine

If I could give my kids a vaccine for all the cancers out there I would. Our family has been impacted too many times from this hideous disease and 7 years ago when my son was twelve, we knew that getting him vaccinated against the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) was the right thing to do. He was old enough to understand from the discussions we had with our doctor that he was doing something important to protect not only himself but his future partners as well. Our daughter was vaccinated in grade 8, 4 years ago. I overheard her telling a classmate as they…

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Four Legged Fur Babies

Funny story – I told a few people I was asked to write about the Shih Tzus in our family and they all laughed. I guess you could say I’m a bit obsessed with my fur babies. It all started with a little ball of fluff nine years ago who we will call Mazey. Mazey is the perfect dog for our family – she’s huggable, smart, expressive and full of personality. Oh and I can tolerate her with my allergies. Purebred Shih Tzu’s are the only animal I can be around without being in allergy agony – as long as they…

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Eye spy with my little eye…

For much of my life I have been plagued by sneaky retinas - they like to cause problems for me now and then. The idea of losing my vision has been reinforced by every specialist I’ve ever seen. The phrase “it’s a miracle you can still see” has turned my stomach more than once.  Blank spots in my field of vision, flashes, really large ‘floaters’ and tiny spots everywhere are some of the classic symptoms I’ve observed when my retinas have either pulled away, torn or detached. There is no pain with this type of injury. I find myself constantly preoccupied…

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