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5 Reasons We Should Stop Talking About 'Recovery' For Mental Illness

Liza Long | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Liza Long

Let's keep talking about behavioral health for everyone. But let's stop talking about recovery for serious mental illness and start celebrating people whose brain disorders cause them to live with health challenges comparable to those experienced by cancer patients. The word we need, in the face of so much loss, is hope. Mental illness is not a choice. But hope is. Even in the face of tragedy, today I choose hope.

The 6 Injustices of Cancer

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Remission does not mean recovery. The medical community pronounces patients "done" once their final treatments of chemo, radiation or surgery are over. However, for most people with cancer this is where the real challenges begin.

If I'd Let Fear Paralyze Me, I Wouldn't Have My Daughter

Jessica Bensten | Posted 01.29.2015 | Parents
Jessica Bensten

I was afraid having a child with cancer had labeled me as defective. Everyone else was having healthy kids, so there must be something wrong with me.

Lipstick-Smearing Selfies Aim To Raise Awareness For Cervical Cancer

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 01.29.2015 | Women

According to doctors, regular pap smears are the best way to detect cervical cancer. Alarmingly, one in three women between the ages of 25 and 29 in t...

Blueberries -- Powerful Medicine for Lowering Your BP

Kellyann Petrucci | Posted 01.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Kellyann Petrucci

Stock up on blueberries -- fresh, frozen, and dried. Add them to smoothies and toss them in your salads. Stir them into Paleo pancake and muffin recipes, or sprinkle them on salmon. And if you have kids, make sure you load them up with blueberries, too. But shhh... don't tell them that blueberries are powerful medicine. We'll keep that secret between us.

How to Move On When You Can't Ask 'Why Did This Happen?'

Rachael Yahne | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Give up asking "Why?" in the first place. It is a rear-view mirror approach to tackling the obstacle. It proves you are still looking backward looking for the nail that popped the tire, instead of forward for where you need to steer to. Either way, you've got to pull over for repairs.

6 Wacky Health Claims That May Not Be True

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

As a physician and a researcher, I always like to know the source of health advice. Just because something is published in a science journal or reported on the news doesn't mean it's true. You need to look at how a study is designed, as well as decide if it seems to make sense. Here's some health advice that you should think twice about.

The Problem With Beating Cancer

Shannon Oliver | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Shannon Oliver

Perhaps "surviving cancer" doesn't sound as exciting and rousing as "beating cancer," but the latter implies that those who've died lost. Like they did something wrong.

I Can't Wait to Be Average

Bob Tufts | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Bob Tufts

We patients are not averages, we are human beings. We respond differently to diseases, treatment and their aftereffects, including possible relapses.

Soda Or Diet Soda? A False Choice

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

What's better to drink, regular soda or diet soda? This is probably one of the most common questions fielded by nutrition and health experts. I think that the answer is clear -- diet soda -- but the choice is a false one.

Be The Best You Can Be No Matter What The Obstacle

Richard L. Burns | Posted 01.22.2015 | Fifty
Richard L. Burns

You have been given a special gift. A second chance at life. And there's a guide for all this; to be the best you can be, no matter the obstacles. Injury or hurt, illness or surgery, stroke or cancer, bones or body, whatever the medical trauma.

Know That You Are Loved And By Love, We Live

Nicole Skaro | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Nicole Skaro

I dream of a day I go broke paying for your college. I dream of a day you tell me you are traveling the world. I dream of a day you tell me you're in love. I dream of a day I hold my grandchild.

Why I Became a Patient Advocate

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

There is no one who has as greater interest in your health than you do and remember, it is your life. You owe it to yourself to do the best that you can with it.

I Do Not Subscribe to Survivor Guilt

Dan Duffy | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dan Duffy

"Why did I survive? What's so special about me? I had much worse cancer than my uncle, or niece, or sister, or friend, or mom. Why am I still here?"

On Battling Cancer and a Belief System

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Jasmine Jaksic

One day as I sat there holding my mother's hand, I asked her if there was anything that could be done to make her feel better. She said, "I want god to take away this cancer and instead give me something that would let me die with dignity." I tried but didn't really know how to comfort her.

Lessons On Joy From A Christian Cancer Survivor

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 01.18.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Vertigo. Anemia. Depression. Receding gums. Early menopause. A double mastectomy. These are just a few of the many terrors that Margaret Fein...

Woman Throws 'Goodbye Boobs' Party Before Double Mastectomy

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 01.16.2015 | Women

In the days before her preventive double mastectomy, a young woman in Britain threw a special goodbye party for her breasts. The event was neither fun...

Women Who Walk the Walk and Own the Talk: Chloe Rose Lattanzi and Olivia Newton-John Love Their Original UGG Since 1974

LuxEco Living | Posted 01.16.2015 | Style
LuxEco Living

If there ever was, and there certainly was the time when Chloe had to basque in the glow of her iconic mothers fame. Her own has not come easy. Nor were the doors readily being opened to enable her success.

Flying High: Expanding My Wings With Angels on My Side -- Reflections at 30,000 Feet

Jordyn Goodman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Jordyn Goodman

"Hold on tight, we are gonna go really fast." I've been on a lot of flights in my life, but no flight attendant ever lead to take off with that. Alt...

It's Time to Get Serious About Harmful Radon Exposure

Gina McCarthy | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Gina McCarthy

Our near-term goal is to reduce unsafe levels of radon in 5 million homes by 2020, preventing 3,200 lung cancer deaths every year. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate avoidable radon-induced lung cancer in the United States. We know we can do it.

Brittany Maynard's Husband: 'It Was Her Time'

TODAY.com | Bill Briggs | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living

On her final day, Brittany Maynard did her favorite thing. She strolled outside with her husband, her family, a friend, and a dog. Then, she returned ...

'My Mom Is Faking Cancer'

Posted 01.16.2015 | Dr. Phil

Jessica claims her mother, Patricia, is faking terminal brain cancer and having had 17 strokes. She believes her mom’s claims of defying the odds to...

The Ethical Dilemma of Forced Chemotherapy on a Teen

Ruth Macklin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

The philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote that "whoever wills the end, wills the means." However, even those who initially support a plan to force treatment on a young patient are morally bound to question the means required to do so.

Our Own Private Normandy

Glenn Rockowitz | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Glenn Rockowitz

The sky overhead is sinking rapidly, the clouds now an oil-stained pillow with strict orders to suffocate my entire platoon.

Stuart Scott Didn't Lose to Cancer... He Transcended It

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 01.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

While this battlefield metaphor is one that may work well in sports, where there is almost always a winner and a loser at the end of the contest, it falls short when applied to an illness like cancer. Cancer has no rules, no time outs, no substitutions, no game clock.