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Preventing Falls: It's a Matter of Balance

Preventing Falls: It's a Matter of Balance

At the age of 89, Barbara Stetson has finally learned to slow down at bit. That doesn't mean she limits what she does, just that she doesn't rush around like she used to. "I had seven children," she explains. "I raised them alone. I played piano in restaurants and a lot of church music on Sundays. That's how I supported my children.  I was always multi-tasking. I went dashing from one place to another and I got so I always did things fast. I've now learned to slow down." Read more ...

Just retired. Too young for Medicare. Needs health insurance. What to do?

Just retired. Too young for Medicare. Needs health insurance. What to do?

My friend Terrilynn Barden Dubreuil recently retired as Chair of the Fine Arts Department at McAuley High School. It was a full-time job with benefits, including health insurance. She's not old enough for Medicare and was in the market for a policy that will fill the gap until she reaches the magic age. Read more ...

Choose Love, Not Fear: Joe Semmes' Top Ten List for Seriously Ill Cancer Patients

Choose Love, Not Fear:  Joe Semmes' Top Ten List for Seriously Ill Cancer Patients

In 1996, Dr. B. Joseph Semmes, who goes by the name Joe, learned that he had a type of cancer of the pancreas called pNET or pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Not only is it rare — seen in approximately one percent of pancreatic cancers and three in one million of all cancers diagnosed — it's also less aggressive than other pancreatic cancers and can often be cured. Read more ...

What the heck is qi?

What the heck is qi?

The concept of qi lies at the heart of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is central to Taoist philosophy. Qi is defined as the energetic or animating force associated with all living things. Read more ...

Buckle your helmets ladies. Olive Spankins will teach you how to skate like a roller derby pro!

Buckle your helmets ladies. Olive Spankins will teach you how to skate like a roller derby pro!

As far back as she can remember Lisa Bassett loved to roller skate. Her mother Linda Clark was always chauffeuring Lisa and her friends to the local rink. Never an invitation to join them, of course. It was just, "Drop us off and pick us up Mom!"

One Man's Ongoing Struggle with Lyme Disease

One Man's Ongoing Struggle with Lyme Disease

Michael Anderson recently wrote to me about his ongoing struggle with Lyme disease. He gave me permission to share his story, which I decided to do in his own words:

By Michael Anderson

Dear Diane,