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It's a bird...it's a plane...it's your heart?

September 04, 2017
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Atrial Fibrillation (also known as Afib) is an irregular heart beat that can present in many different ways. Some people don’t feel palpitations, but instead feel dizzy, weak or lightheaded. And still others feel nothing at all. So why should you care?

15 ways to be a happier, healthier you

August 31, 2017
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The term “mind-body connection” gets tossed around a lot, and there’s a reason for that. You need mental wellness as much as you need physical health.

Diagnosis and treatment - how can the American Cancer Society support you?

August 30, 2017
Once faced with a cancer diagnosis, a little help goes a long way. You may feel overwhelmed and have many questions, or you may not even know where to begin or what questions to ask. The American Cancer Society (ACS) offers a variety of information and programs to support patients, caregivers and family members throughout diagnosis and treatment.

A head and neck cancers support group closer to home

August 30, 2017

Being diagnosed and treated for head and neck cancers can be difficult. Treatment may raise many unique issues.

Parenting with cancer

August 30, 2017
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Having a cancer diagnosis is difficult for anyone at any age or stage of life. If you have children at home, things can be a bit more complicated. Parenting is not something that can be put on hold (not unlike cancer) so it is important to understand strategies for handling cancer and children at the same time.

Susan G. Komen Puget Sound Northwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference

August 30, 2017
Komen Puget Sound has been working with the metastatic breast cancer community to identify opportunities for support, engagement and education. Last year, it helped to organize the first annual conference for individuals living with metastatic disease in the Northwest. In 2017, it will build on the success of the initial conference and expand its reach, based on the feedback that was received via conference evaluation and input from the community.

SCI patient spotlight: Tina Vitolo-Kester, "Relationships matter"

August 30, 2017

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When Tina Vitolo-Kester received a breast cancer diagnosis in 2016, she wanted her treatment to move fast and so it did. During the time in which she had a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation, other health problems emerged that were unforeseen. She had a heart attack during a procedure. Shocked to find herself in the Intensive Care Unit, she was concerned that this turn of events would set her treatment plan back. Things got back on track as soon as possible. As treatment and healing took top priority, Tina’s employer was unable to wait for her return and dismissed her from her job.

Have you been to Harmony Hill?

August 29, 2017
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Union, Washington, may not be on your regular route but there is something there that should be investigated by anyone touched by cancer. Now led by Executive Director Eric Blegen and founded in 1987 by Gretchen Schodde, MN, ARPN, FNP-BC, Harmony Hill is a place designed “to transform the lives of those affected by cancer and to inspire healthy living for all.” Through retreats and other courses, you can partake in the healing spirit that is present in the wooded landscape overlooking the Olympic Mountains and the Hood Canal. Difficult to believe but true — retreats are provided at no cost to the attendees. Harmony Hill has generous donors who believe in the mission and want to support those with cancer


Why your children really do need eye exams

August 29, 2017
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Early detection and diagnosis is key to keeping your children's eyes healthy for their bright future.

Giving kids a shot at better health for a lifetime

August 28, 2017

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Swedish is putting everything we can into achieving a perfect child vaccination rate. Learn more about what that means from Nwando Anyaoku, M.D., MPH, associate medical director for pediatrics at Swedish.