Getting a CAT scan soon? Nervous? Don’t know what to expect? I recently had my first CT scan with contrast. See what it was like, the difference between MRI and CT scan, what CT scan prep is like, and how long a CAT scan takes. I attempt to answer all your questions about CT scans — so you’ll have a better idea of what to expect when you have your first CAT scan!
Cancer is one of the most feared words in existence. The best defense against fear is knowledge -- and you'll find that here. Real people are sharing their personal experience receiving a cancer diagnosis, undergoing cancer treatments, surgery, and the recovery process. Plus tips for choosing natural remedies, and sources of support that can be helpful on your path to healing.
My first colonoscopy a few years ago required drinking 1 gallon of a nasty tasting solution. This year, my colonoscopy prep drink was CLENPIQ instead. See why I love this new colon prep drink — it’s SO much better than other bowel prep drinks!
I recently went for a diagnostic 3D mammogram following a traditional 2D mammogram. Here’s what I learned about who should consider having 3D breast imaging done, and how health care providers and insurance are involved.
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.
Learning how to deal with grief before it hits can save you from feeling lost, confused, or frustrated with how long the grieving process can actually last. Here are my best tips and tricks for dealing with grief and what you can expect to feel throughout the process — no matter how long it takes.
Have you bought any products that had a California Prop 65 warning label on them? I don’t live anywhere NEAR California, yet I’ve seen a slew of them! Here’s what the Proposition 65 warning means, why it’s on so many products, and which chemicals are on the Prop 65 list.
Do you like getting massages? I do, in fact it’s my favorite personal treat. There are many different types of massages to choose from — each has different benefits. From deep tissue massage to hot stone massage, there’s a style and unique benefit for everyone. Here’s what you can expect from each type of massage.
Acupuncture benefits those of us who prefer a holistic approach to medical issues. We live in an over-medicated society and sometimes alternative approaches (like an acupuncture treatment or two) are a better option than prescriptions. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of acupuncture therapy. Does your dog or cat have aches and pains? See how acupuncture can help your pets, too!
Do you have a ganglion cyst? I do! I’ve had it for years — it comes and goes. Here’s what I’ve learned about Ganglion cysts, ganglion cyst treatment, and ganglion cyst removal. Basically a ganglion cyst does not require treatment, but if it’s causing you pain or is just in a bad spot then you might want to have it surgically removed. Here’s what I’ve learned.
What boosts your mood, lowers your stress, benefits your health, and is FREE & available to anyone? These are benefits of meditation & reasons to meditate daily!
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.
Michael Phelps, Justin Bieber & Jennifer Aniston do it – do you? Cupping therapy is a form of acupuncture. I’ve got some tips to see if it’s right for you.
Been told to increase fiber in your diet, but not sure where to start? Start here! High fiber foods to eat + Differences between soluble & insoluble fiber.
A simple skin biopsy is usually the best way to determine if a strange looking spot is skin cancer or not. Here’s what it’s like to have a biopsy.
If you have a pronounced risk of colon cancer like me, you might wonder if eating processed meat & cancer go hand in hand. Here’s a list of meats to avoid.
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!
Can early cancer screenings help save your life? Yes. If cancer runs in your family, getting screened at a young age may help you avoid getting cancer.
Whether you have cancer or you know someone who does, cancer support groups are the place to turn for answers to your questions, information about treatment options, and to meet those who have been through similar circumstances.
Early stages of cervical cancer respond well to treatment, which may be radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, or a combination of methods. Here’s what you need to know.
Getting a colonoscopy wasn’t all peaches and cream (I couldn’t even eat those when I was prepping for the exam), but with cancer throughout my family, I gained peace of mind, all while losing a few pounds in the process.
It’s important to follow colonoscopy guidelines so you can reduce your risk for one of the most preventable forms of cancer in the colon.
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’s a hard look at the real facts about antioxidants. We confront some of the more sensational claims concerning antioxidants so you can see the truth about how antioxidants work in the human body, their role in combating disease, and just how effective they really are as medicinal treatments.
Since overexposure to direct sunlight is the leading cause of skin cancer, using sunscreen daily is one of the biggest things you can do to prevent skin cancer throughout your lifetime. Here are the 10 most important things you need to know about sunscreen and skin cancer.
Following is a list of common ailments and the foods that can prevent them, if not cure them completely.
I had thyroid surgery to have half of it removed. I had a non-cancerous thyroid nodule that just kept getting bigger. Only 4 to 5% of thyroid nodules are cancerous. Here’s a little about the days leading up to the thyroid removal surgery and how it went…
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…
I am intrigued whenever I hear another first-person story of someone’s life with cancer, including their coping mechanisms, the highs and lows, the ups and downs, and the ultimate realities of struggling to survive this battle with something called ‘cancer’. Most of all, I appreciate when people are able to maintain their sense of humor through it all.