Posts tagged with: Conditions and Diseases

Sweepstakes Abound

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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When does chronic illness in women begin?

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A friend recently emailed me a great theory: due to sleep deprivation, hormonal changes and physical hardship, chronic disease in women begins after giving birth to her first child.

It makes total sense! Your body goes through some immense changes while pregnant and immediately afterward so the chemical changes in your body could easily trigger gene “malformations” that would make you more susceptible to illnesses that you had never thought about before.

Unfortunately I can’t find ANY research on this topic and now that I’m interested, I may have something more to think about while graduate school looms, and my chronic illness begins.

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These pants are too tight!

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Laying back on my bed, I suck my stomach in and hold my breath as I button my favorite pants. I stand up and then immediately squat, I’ve gotta stretch out the denim and make them slightly more comfortable. My original idea of themed days is feeling a bit like those pants. Tight, constricting, too small.

I am breaking out of my self-prescribed shell to talk about whatever I want. If I want to talk about schizophrenia today I will. If I want to talk about bunions tomorrow, I’ll do that, too. Maybe on Thursday we’ll chat about urinary incontinence. I’ll be talking about whatever I want on whichever day I want now. Hopefully that’ll loosen my pants up a little bit!

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Friday 5 – 8/29/08

The Poisonwood Bible
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Instead of five challenges for the week, I’ve decided to let you in on some personal stuff about yours truly! Five things about me, you probably didn’t know!

1. For 24 years of my life, I had hair so straight you could use it to draw lines with. After my divorce, my hair changed. I don’t know whether it was stress, a diet change, new exercise, or just age, but I woke up one morning with wavy hair! I can blow dry it straight, but if I just let it air dry, my hair now has significant amounts of wave to it. I kinda like the change. Maybe in another 24 years it’ll go back to being straight!

2. I’m in the middle of some unidentifiable health woes. Since last December I’ve been achey. Some days are better than others, but for the most part, I wake up achey and stiff and get looser as the day goes on. Sometimes by the end of the day I’ve stiffened back up, though, and all I can think about is sleeping. I finally saw a physician about it last week and tests were run. I am ONE point away on lab test from being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. My doctor is sending me to a rhematologist to see about other tests, but for now I have to wait.

3. I work full-time as a bank teller. While I love my job, it isn’t my passion and so I’m planning on graduate school. My first choice is the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.  I want to go into public health – women’s sexual health education, primarily with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention. THAT is my passion.

4. I read all the time. I’m always in the middle of one book. I read one book at a time. My favorite book is the book Ephesians in the Bible.  My favorite book-book is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. In fact, I love all of Kingsolver’s books and absolutely recommend them to you!

5.  I love cheese. I have never met a cheese I didn’t get along with. I feel the same way about mustard.

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Abortion, partner violence and overspending

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No evidence that single abortion causes significant mental conditions, APA task force report says – “An American Psychological Association task force review of more than 150 studies has found that although women who choose to terminate unplanned pregnancies might have feelings of grief and loss, the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single abortion than if they deliver that pregnancy …”

New study highlights importance for women to know their risk of heart disease – “A new study published in the July/August 2008 issue of Journal of Women’s Health highlights the importance of women knowing their own risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and cautions that a frequently used risk assessment tool could lead to false reassurance that a woman is at low risk for heart problems.”

Partner violence – huge reproductive health impact – “Three-quarters of women who had been beaten while pregnant had been beaten by the same person (usually the father of the child) before they were pregnant. For most of these women, the violence stayed the same or got worse after they became pregnant.”

Breast cancer is women’s top health concern – “… developing breast cancer is women’s top health concern, with 51 percent stating they worry about it versus those who worry about heart attack (48%), diabetes (42%) and lung cancer (31%).”

Women shopping themselves bankrupt – “Ignoring empty bank balances and poor economic forecasts, the “urge to splurge” generation of 18- to 35-year-old women have become binge shoppers, caught in a web of spiralling debt. Driven by a new wave of influential high-end fashion magazines and celebrity role models, they are maxing out their credit cards on uncontrolled shopping sprees.”

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Your Eggs & Your Heart

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Heart Health

The first edition of Manic Monday shares just a few articles with you! Check ’em out and let me know what you think!

Egg Shortages Stalling Stem Cell Research – Ever thought about giving your eggs to a couple to make a few extra bucks? Did you know that you currently can’t make any money if you are allowing research to be done on them? This may be changing soon – a new source of income for those truly interested.

The Most Serious Health Concerns for Women and What You Can Do reminds us of three major concerns regarding women’s health; breast cancer, heart disease and obesity and what we can do to help avoid them.

Getting to the Heart of Women’s Health –  “8 million women in the U.S. are currently living with Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and an astounding 35% of the female population will die from this disease. So why is it that you aren’t hearing more about this?”If you want to know about the number one killer of women, please follow the link and check out this article!

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