My husband received a melanoma diagnosis from a mole on his arm. You can see in his skin cancer photos how the mole grew and changed colors over 6 years. Here’s what we’ve learned about the best melanoma treatment options, what the melanoma stages of cancer mean, and what melanoma looks like. We hope you’ll find this information helpful if you or someone in your family is diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer.
Predicaments & Emergencies
When health emergencies strike -- many times you have to act very quickly in order to help. We're sharing super helpful information about health predicaments and emergencies you might have to deal with. Also, here's what to expect if you're undergoing diagnostic testing and awaiting results, ideas for minimizing the effects of mental health issues, and excellent tips to help you know the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous spiders.
I suffer from ongoing neck pain. My favorite ‘adjustment’ at the chiropractor’s office (up til now) has been what I refer to as ‘the neck crack’ or ‘that one that twists your neck’. Then, I read about the dangers of having a chiropractor crack your neck, so I studied up on it. Here’s what I’ve learned about neck manipulation — both from having it done myself and from talking to my chiropractor and others about it.
What do you mean you can drown and not even be in the water? That’s what happens in dry drowning and secondary drowning. Here’s what you need to know about secondary drowning symptoms in babies, toddlers, kids, and adults. Want to know the best defense against dry drowning? Teach your kids how to swim! You can also prevent this dangerous kids swimming scenario by watching for these signs.
Spring is in the air and so are insects like bees, wasps, and mosquitos! An allergic reaction to bites or stings from any of these can be very scary… and sometimes even fatal. Always keep Benadryl on hand and know these allergic reaction symptoms to watch for — to keep your kids, your pets, and yourself safe.
The camel spider is also known as a wind scorpion, sun spider, and wind spider. They are mostly found in the southwest U.S. and in southern Africa. Camel spider size, speed, and dangers are explained here.
Having an MRI scan? I just had my first one and here are the 13 things I wish I had known before having an MRI. Between the clothing removal and the hammering sounds, I was nervous. But you don’t have to be — here’s why…
Have a loved one in need of a family intervention for alcohol or drug abuse? I’ve been there. Here’s my experience with how an addition intervention works – so you’ll have a better idea of what to expect.
Wonder if you should get the BRCA test or not? Me too! Here’s what you need to know about BRCA testing – to help you decide if you should do it or not.
Need help but not sure where to turn? You’re in luck! Online counseling and life coaching is available wherever you are… as long as you can get online.
Anyone can fall victim to prescription drug abuse without even realizing it… I did! I’m proof these tips will get you through prescription drug addiction.
Nervous about donating blood? These 5 simple steps will help you avoid negative side effects when giving blood. So there’s no reason to be nervous anymore!
A LOT of my friends and relatives have had total knee replacement surgery. You probably have some fears about the surgery & questions about the recovery. Here’s what you need to know.
If you’re anxious about getting a CT scan, these tips from someone who’s been there with scanxiety might help. Here’s how to worry less over your CT scans!
I absolutely love my microwave heating pad. It works for all of my aches and pains. My favorite is the large sectioned microwave heating pack from Thermal-Aid. It’s actually a heating AND cooling pack in one! It comes in lots of shapes and sizes and conforms to your sore body parts. I also got one of their cute heat/ice packs for children shaped like cuddly teddy bears. These have become my favorite new heating pads!
There are a lot of popular hangover myths out there. Unfortunately, most of them are dead wrong! Following are some solid tips for curing your hangover, plus some things you can do to prevent a hangover from occurring in the first place.
A few important facts about hangovers, followed by some of most popular myths about hangovers… Let’s separate fact from fiction when it comes to hangover cures.
Ever had to consider a sin cancer treatment plan? We have. After Jim was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer, the next step was to decide on a surgeon in order to get those lymph nodes biopsied right away and determine whether cancer had spread or not. All of this happened rather quickly over the next 2 months. Here’s what it was like for Jim (and me) and how things are today.
Here are some important points about CT scans that everyone needs to know. CT scan radiation is a serious issue. Here’s when to say NO to a Cat Scan.
Fortunately, there aren’t that many poisonous spiders in this part of the United States. That said, the hobo spider itself is fairly common. While not fatally poisonous, you still need to watch out for them and keep from being bitten if you can! Here’s what you need to know about hobo spiders.
There are many reasons your doctor may recommend a heart stent. In my case, I had a sore jaw and I noticed that my hand was twitching and was struggling to do what I needed it to do. I had a coronary stent procedure that opened up — and kept open — the narrowed places in my heart artery. Here’s what I’ve learned after having a heart stent put in a few years ago, plus what it was like to have an angiogram and angioplasty.
Here’s how to tell if you’ve been bitten by a black widow spider and how to treat the spider bite if you have. Be sure to look for the classic red hourglass shape on the spider’s body.
You’ve probably seen Randy Pausch a lot on the news lately. He’s the Carnegie Mellon Professor who is dying from pancreatic cancer. What makes him — and his message — so memorable are the amazing details of his life — and OUR lives in general — that Randy shared in his ‘Last Lecture’ on September 18, 2007. Watch the video below…
If you have a lot of spiders in your area, get a FREE poster to help you identify spiders, including the Brown Recluse spider, Black Widow spider, Wolf spider, and many others. Plus first aid information so you’ll know what to do in the event of a spider bite!
Five days ago, at the age of 28 AT lost his wife, BJ. He is now a widow and a single father of two young sons. What started as ‘flu-like symptoms’ on October 30, 2006 ultimately claimed BJ’s life just 18 days later on November 17, 2006. I share AT’s story with you, for the same reason that he says he continues to write in his blog about it… with the hope that it will help someone else.
It’s important to get a stroke victim help within 3 hours. Here are 3 questions to ask someone you suspect has suffered a heart attack or stroke. Plus other signs of a stroke.