I am a blogger who is also one of the health experts on beinggirl.com, so I answer questions from hundreds of girls who write to us every month. It has been an eye opening experience that has helped me understand the concerns that many teen girls have today.
One of the things that I have learned from the questions asked, is that teens would rather ask a stranger a personal question about their life or health than their mother. What can be done to make the dialogue more open between teens and their mothers?
To start at the beginning, read Chapter 1: Abby's Crap News - AKA My "Journey" With Cancer
The Kindness of Strangers and Others
I cut my hair. And then I cut it again. I can't even remember the last time I wore my hair short - I don't particularly like it short, but I know it's going to fall out within weeks, so I wanted to feel some modicum of control over the process. (Or the illusion of control, anyway.)
As ModernMom readers might already know, our CEO Brooke Burke recently underwent a thyroidectomy to remove a cancerous growth on her thyroid.
She shared with us the results of her surgery:
It's Day 7 post-surgery and I'm feeling pretty good. I'm quite sore but I have to say, every single day seems to be getting better.
I just got the results back from all of my tests and great news - the thyroid cancer has been removed from my body and all my lymph nodes are clear. So I'm hoping that this is the end of the story. Woohoo!!! And thank GOD!
Remembering Before I Forget: The Beginning
I have breast cancer.
Life is back to reality now...
I traded in my ball gowns for sweats, my hair is in a frizzy ponytail and the glamorous ballroom luxuries are wrapped.
I miss everyone at Dancing With The Stars already. What an amazing All-Star season, I had a blast! But I already have dressing room withdrawal - my home away from home, my peaceful cave and confirmation that work truly is a pleasure for busy moms!
Whether you're coming in from a long day of work standing on your feet or a long day of walking around the mall, there are times when your feet need a bit of TLC. Taking good care of your feet can prevent future foot pain. You don't have to spend hours trying to ease your feet -- taking just a few minutes can sooth achy feet after a long day, depending on the level of pain. Experiment with different techniques to find out what feels best to you.
Did you know that Sudden Cardiac Death and cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of women in the US second only to ALL cancers COMBINED?
The prevalence of coronary artery disease in women is similar to that in age-matched cohorts of men - yet women tend to be under-served and under-treated.
I wrote a story about mammograms on October 31 to remind women to get them done annually. It was supposed to be like any other story that I wrote- with a beginning and an end. A set date that it would go to print and then I would move on to the next story.
But this story that I did for Breast Cancer Awareness Month is still going on.