Many things can contribute to heart disease; some we can control (weight loss if obese from poor eating habits, Smoking) vs Genetics (family history). Either way, there are ways to eat healthier, be more active/exercise, stop smoking and additional lifestyle changes you can control and make to live a healthier life for YOU. This link provides self assessment tools, clinical information as well as the latest healthy resources to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
Hearing you or a loved one has Cancer is never easy. Per the American Cancer Society, in 2019 an estimated 1,762,450 new cancer cases were to be diagnosed and 606,880 cancer deaths were to be anticipated in the United States. So if you are one, please know you are not alone and there are many resources available to help you on this journey. There is much information AND misinformation on the internet for treatment options. Please if you do not read any further, please at least save and utilize the NCCN- National Comprehensive Cancer Network as your go to cancer treatment resources. NCCN is a collaborative network of the top cancer physicians (Oncologists) and researchers across the country. These specialist work together and identify cancer trends based on cancer type, treatment outcomes and agree to have NCCN as the centralized host, storing of all of this information. Be your own Advocate and ensure your Oncologist is utilizing the most current treatment trends, based on scientific data, created by the Top Specialists across the country, this guarantees you the BEST opportunity for the best survival outcome.
No one ever wants to think about or discuss the end of Life, but we are all born and eventually we will all pass away. Advanced Care Planning, puts you in control of your death and what measures you would like or not like when your time of death is near. When you complete the forms, it can be the most powerful gift to your loved ones. They now will know your End of Life Care wishes regarding; Life Support, Breathing and Feeding Tubes, Nursing Homes, Organ Donation and so much more. Hopefully you will not need these for many years to come, but when you do they will be completed and your wishes known.
The ACS- American Cancer Society has live chat and supportive resources available in your community for you by calling them @ 1-800-227-2345. So whether you need help understanding your diagnosis, Treatment support including affording your treatment, Free Lodging if you have to travel for care "Hope Lodge," wig assistance, Road to Recovery (ride assistance), Support groups, Reach for Recovery (Breast Cancer Support), Survivor Support during and after Treatment, preparing for side effects of treatment; like ginger tea as ginger is a natural/herbal remedy for nausea, the ACS is free and available to help. They also accept donations to continue to be able to help future cancer patients and their families.
Did you know from January 2020 to November 19, 2020 approximately 32.579 Organ Transplants were completed? It is certainly amazing!! Some patients can wait for years on the Organ wait list. But Living Donor Organ Transplants can help save lives and dramatically decrease those wait times. This is especially helpful for patients with renal failure in need of a Kidney Transplant. UNOS is the United Network for Organ Sharing Non for Profit organization that manages the Nations Organ Transplant System; 24 hours a day, 7 days a week they are working to coordinate patients in need of an organ transplant across the country. So whether you are in need of an organ transplant or looking for transplant information this site can help support you Live Your BEST Life Yet for you. Also please consider Giving the gift of life and being an Organ Donor and mark it on your drivers license so others know your wishes; remember 1 deceased person can often impact and give to over 20 other peoples lives.
Clinical Trials are clinical study treatments available for a wide variety of diseases and conditions. As of 11/19/20 there are currently 358,508 open Clinical Trials in 50 states and 218 countries. The purpose of the trials are to study a treatment path and verify if it effective. Clinical Trials have 5 Phases; Early Phase 1 (previous Phase 0) where investigation begins to see how or whether the treatment will even affect the body, Phase 1 Treatment effects the body and study continues to see safety of the treatment, Phase 2 determines what is the efficacy (will the treatment work) vs a placebo, Phase 3 is when the treatment is known to now work and a dosage study is now in progress; this phase is just prior to FDA approval and Phase 4 is FDA approval of the treatment for use for specific diseases and conditions. Many states now have mandated coverage (it has to be covered if you meet the trial criteria) for Fully Insured plan types, double check with your Insurance and see if it’s covered vs denied as “Experimental Services are considered Non-Covered services under this plan. “ If so please reach out and email us if you receive this for additional support.
Whatever your health care needs, remember you need to be your own best Advocate; this is about you or your loved one. Reach out and call the number on your Insurance card for your plan benefits; ask for your deductible (percentage you are responsible for), your Out of Pocket maximum (usually annual maximum you are required to pay on your own), Network differences (if you use an in-network provider vs Out of Network). When you are Out of Network usually there is not a contract for guaranteeing you the Doctor has agreed to a certain fee.. (aka..be careful), and how much of those out of pocket costs you have met for the year (0% in January vs 100% by July??) for anticipating your upcoming expenses. You can verify if your Insurance company has a Case Manager to help provide you or your family resources for your current situation; often Travel & lodging is available to seek a 2nd Medical opinion or if care is needed for you to travel > 50 or 100 miles for specialized Physician care. Some Companies offer incentives for Healthy Living/Weight loss programs and specialized Nurse Case Managers, Doctors and Social Workers to help members manage Kidney disease, Bariatric (obese population), Maternity, Congenital Heart (babies with heart defects), Joint Replacement (hips, knees etc.) and provide additional resources free to you for being under their Insurance and you may even have access to "Centers of Excellence." This is often access to top World renowned facilities and physicians across the country for more rare disease and conditions. Again, it is better to have the resource information and not need it later vs never knowing it existed and not using your hard working benefits to help you in your time of need
Both Palliative Care and Hospice Care focus on your Medical Care to ensure your comfortable. You do not need to be at the End of Life for a Palliative Care Team visit. Palliative Care consultations can be completed on anyone in a hospital; ensuring all aspects of you being comfortable are being best managed. Hospice Care is End of Life Care for the terminally Ill patient; they are usually expected to live 6 months or less (yes many do live longer). At the time of diagnosis or due to their condition or disease status, life is anticipated to be shorter. Both services have a multi-disciplinary team of Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, Pastoral Care (Priest, Pastors or a Lay Person) and dieticians to discuss together with you and often your family; your wishes, your concerns and develop a plan together to ensure all of your needs are being met. Medicare and most Insurances cover Hospice Services, but not always ongoing Palliative care. It is certainly best and recommended to call your Insurance Carrier regarding coverages and or limitations or not under your plan. Home Hospice Services under Medicare pays for intermittent staffing to care for patients at home but doesn't provide coverage for 24/7 in person care. Medical Equipment and most prescription medications related to the treatment of your End of Life care needs are covered under hospice vs none of these are covered under Palliative Care. Hospice usually provides emotional support for you, your family and that continued family support remains for up to 1 yr after death as needed.
Natural Herbal and Plant remedies have been used for centuries and is often considered as Complimentary, Holistic and/or Integrative Medicine. Many Tertiary Treatment centers now offer Integrative Medicine in their therapeutic, multi-disciplinary treatment planning. For anyone combining traditional treatment/medications with herbal therapies it can be very tricky as well as potentially dangerous/life threatening for anyone uneducated in this area. Herbal Remedies are not monitored by the FDA or any governing body and can have significant negative side effects when combined with prescription medications. Please reach out to a specialist like an Integrative Medicine physician before adding or changing your treatment plan when herbals are involved.
***SAMHSA’s Treatment and Referral Center (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration)
National Helpline 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 confidential, free, Open 24Hrs/365 days/yr
Drug and Alcohol addiction has steadily been on the rise for the past decade. It can affect families of all ethnicities, all ages, all sexes and people of all socio-economic statuses. In 2019, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported 70,989 overdoses occurred in the US, 50,042 of which were from opioid use (Oxycodone, Morphine, Hydrocodone) which is an increase from 67,367 cases in 2018. Approximately 824,196 calls were made to The SAMHSA Hotline in 2018. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration with a 24/7 Open 365 Days/Yr. The National Hotline & Referral Center for Drug and Mental Health is available for all Supportive needs whether you have Insurance, No Insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.. EVERYONE! Drug addiction for most usually begins from social situations and peer pressure with the use of recreational drugs and then escalating use to again feel the hypnotic "high feeling." Not all drug use will lead to addiction but research has shown the earlier the drug use starts the higher the likely hood for addiction (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/drug-addiction/symptoms-causes/syc-20365112).
This is increasingly a challenge for teenagers. We know during the Teenage years, the brain in the area of decision making (frontal & temporal lobes as well as limbic system) are still underdeveloped; so teenagers lack full self-control, judgment and decision abilities are not fully functional as an adult. Add in hormonal changes and you have a Teenager. Per the NIH, the brain development may not be completed until the age of 25 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3621648/)
Not all teenagers will have substance abuse issues and not all teenagers make bad decision, but the accumulative effect of brain growth, body growth hormones added with peer pressure does put them at a higher risk for risky behaviors & poor decision making. So as they experiment, some may enjoy the "high" feeling, then may require more to obtain that feeling. As some escalate to more frequent use and experiment with other drugs to "feel good," they may feel challenged if they try to go without. Addiction of any type affects the entire family and family dynamics. The cycles and variations in mood swings of the addict especially in parents can have long term lasting affects on each member of the family and many times it is combined with Co-dependence. Co-dependence related to addiction is a person within a relationship that enables/goes along with situation. Sometimes the co-dependent is also a user but continues to enable the situation. In order to break the cycle, it easiest to not starting it. A possible way is by opening conversations with teens, preparing them for the peer pressure, the "high" feeling then the "low" feeling, the escalations, the physical symptoms associated with withdrawal, the rehabilitation and explain yes for some, there is death. Early intervention vs years of allowing addiction also helps stop the cycle and allows all to heal. SAMHSA is available to able to help with National Referrals for local treatment options and support for the entire family and finally breaking the cycle; helping You and Your Family Live the Best Life YET.
Diet and exercise need to be balanced in order to achieve successful weight management, balancing of stress and overall ensuring you are Living Your BEST Life YET. You can exercise as much as you'd like but if you are not eating healthy, you will not receive the full benefit of weight loss, and vice versa. Finding ways to eat a healthy well balanced diet along with exercise 3-5x/week for 20-30 minutes into your lifestyle will help you create an individualized plan to achieve your goals not only for weight loss but for ensuring you are...Living Your BEST Life YET.
Overcoming eating disorders such as food addiction, anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, and others is never easy and should never be attempted on your own. Changing the way you perceive food and fitness and developing a positive body image can be challenging. If you struggle with an eating disorder, you should know that we believe clients can recover and live a healthy, happy life. Trained Professionals are available to help support you on your journey to help identify thru counseling the triggers that you have been unable to control and can help to empower you to break the cycle, helping you Live Your BEST Life YET ! Do not forget to call your Insurance company, the number on your card for possible coverages and incentives to further help you on this journey. Some incentives can be financial reimbursement, health club discounts and more. So do not miss the opportunity to utilize your benefits to the max.
Detoxing can assist you with clearing out toxins from your body and give your digestive system a break to heal and restore naturally, before introducing new eating habits and food. Your mentality and how you view food will drastically alter how effective weight management can be and detox will work. Research here to set yourself up for success and shift the way you relate to food while cleansing your Mind and Body as well in the process.
*** 24 Hrs Crisis Support Phone numbers: NAMI @1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or Text the letters NAMI to 741741 Or Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline @ 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
No ones life is perfect!! Now, re-read that sentence. We all have had situations where we have felt overwhelmed, alone, sad, stressed, wondering how we will meet our goals and responsibilities as we fall apart. Certainly this past year we have seen how COVID-19 has escalated the need for mental health support. As we have seen an increase in societal anger and frustration as people continue to feel isolated & afraid with so many unknowns. It is very much like Soldiers coming back from War with PTSD. This article from NAMI- National Alliance on Mental Illness is by any means NOT a recommendation for self help only. It is added here to support all of those who are suffering in silence to know they are not alone, increasing awareness there is support available including 24 Hr. Crisis Staff to assist with coping and help you on your path to overcome the challenges and help guide you to moving forward to a peaceful recovery. Thru counseling and education, you can learn effective coping skills to help you break the negative thoughts and patterns for moving forward. Life will always have challenges but its how you are able to handle those situations, managing your thoughts and then being able to take ownership and responsibility for your own actions and moving forward in a positive direction, putting you back in control and assisting you to Living your BEST Life YET.
*** 24 Hrs Crisis Support Phone numbers: NAMI @1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or Text the letters NAMI to 741741 Or Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline @ 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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