Changes to Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines: What You Need to Know

Posted June 21st, 2018

Last month, the American Cancer Society (ACS) changed its guidelines for recommendations of preventive colorectal cancer screening. The ACS now recommends that people of “average risk” begin screening at age 45 – a change from the previous age 50 recommendation. Average risk persons include those who do not have: A history of colorectal cancer or […]

Celebrating Life While The Cancer Patient Is Still Alive

Posted June 20th, 2018

An email arrived recently from a friend — her grandfather died, and a week and a half later, her grandmother was diagnosed with late stage cancer. “My grandma went through such a long, rough time being a caregiver for my grandpa,” wrote this young woman, “… and now this.” Letters My friend wanted to know […]

Compassion: A Necessary Tool

Posted June 14th, 2018

This past weekend my older brother, Jim, graduated from medical school. And while this is primarily a “nursing” blog, the pride, insight, and motivation I walked away with from his graduation ceremony deserves to be shared. Aside from being a proud little sister, I stood in awe at these brilliant minds processing before their family […]

It’s OK to Talk About Your Mental Health

Posted June 11th, 2018

I was walking into work the other morning. Stopped at a red light, I glanced at my phone, where I read, “Anthony Bourdain dead of apparent suicide.” I screamed out loud, “NOOOO!” This isn’t a person I know or have ever met. But he hung out in my living room and took me to places […]

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