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All lung cancer patients have a history of smoking and other myths

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Consumers | 0 comments

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Lung Cancer does not have to be a death sentence!

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Consumers | 0 comments

Lung Cancer does not have to be a death sentence!

Recently I had the privilege of sitting down and having a heart to heart conversation with Kim Norris, one of the Healthcare Leadership Coalition’s Advisory Panel’s members. As a nurse, I try to stay up to date on all of the healthcare burdens that our country faces, and I must say that Kim opened my eyes to some facts about Lung Cancer that I was not aware of. I found the subject so compelling that I decided to devote a blog to it. Statistics: • Lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Lung cancer is second only to heart disease as a leading cause of...

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The Alphabet Soup of the Affordable Care Act

Posted by on Jul 27, 2014 in Consumers | 0 comments

The Alphabet Soup of the Affordable Care Act

      Do you find yourself confused by all of the acronyms and jargon that surrounds the Affordable Care Act? You are not alone. Health Care Reform has created a whole new language, and with it some very confused consumers, caregivers and patients. This blog is not meant to be all inclusive, but I am incorporating the most common definitions that patients have asked me about. Please feel free to use the comment section to ask me about any terms you have heard that you do not clearly understand or you may want a little more information on. This blog focuses on definitions from...

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It’s National Men’s Health week!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Consumers | 0 comments

It’s National Men’s Health week!

It’s National  Men’s heath week, let’s keep our men healthy! June 9, through June 15th, leading into Father’s Day has been designated as Men’s Health Week. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men . So what can you do to keep your man healthy this week and all year? Encourage him to toss out the tobacco– Let’s talk about the toughest one first. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It lowers the  risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other...

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Seven ways to learn to SPEAK UP about your healthcare

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Consumers | 0 comments

Seven ways to learn to SPEAK UP about your healthcare

I have been a nurse for over thirty years. In spite of my knowledge, whenever I am a patient, or I take a loved one to the doctor or the hospital, I find myself in a different role. I don’t hear things the way a nurse would, , I hear things as a patient, or as a caregiver. I try to focus very hard on what is being said so I can remember it. I feel scared and confused. How do you feel when you go to the doctor or when you are taking a loved one?  I imagine that if I am scared and confused, you are too. This post is devoted to giving you a few  key actions you can take to feel more in...

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Key advantages of the Affordable Care Act for Consumers and Patients

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Consumers | 1 comment

Key advantages of the Affordable Care Act for Consumers and Patients

Whether you love the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law or hate it, the only way to make informed decisions about your healthcare is to understand it. In the next few blogs, I will be writing about parts of the law that affect patients and consumers so that you can identify the impact that the law has on you and your family. One of the questions I am asked the most about the ACA by patients is “how exactly does this law affect me other than having to have insurance?”  The ACA is complex and over 2000 pages long. Amendments to the law are over 1000 pages.  It is not surprising that consumers and...

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