September 2, 2014

Breast Cancer Support Groups

Fran Patrick, Chris Garrison, Judy Brademan, Claudia Keppel, Lana Pate

By Deb Peterson “A lot of women think they’re doing just fine [after being diagnosed with breast cancer], says Chris Garrison, a volunteer at the Peitz Cancer Support House on the campus of Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. “And then a friend encourages them to come to our support group, and they cry Read More

To Your Health! Heart Health

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By Corinne Hiser, ANP What is the most common cause of death in women? Most women answer “breast cancer,” but the No. 1 killer of women is heart disease. Alicia Walker is living proof. In 2005, at 44, she experienced the first of two heart attacks. While exercising, walking the same route she had walked Read More

To Your Health! Seasonal Affective Disorder

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By Corinne Hiser, ANP When seasons change, and fall and winter approach, a sadness can follow. Some people experience a serious mood change during the winter months, when there is less natural sunlight. This condition, called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually Read More

To Your Health! The 7 Different Types of Breast Cancer

By Corinne Hiser, ANP Breast cancer is a universal term to describe several different cancers that form in and around the breasts. Breast cancer types are generally categorized based on where the illness begins, most often in the ducts or lobules, the parts of the female anatomy responsible for producing breast milk. About 226,870 new Read More

Bonnie Fischer Finds Her Own Mother’s Breast Cancer in BRMC’s New MMU

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Story and photographs by  Deb Peterson “I always prayed, “Take me any time or any way, but not by cancer,” says Charlotte Fredericks, 85, of Mountain Home. When her annual mammogram last March showed a small shadow, she went home, sat in her easy chair, and started sorting through her things. “I was throwing this, Read More

To Your Health! Health Care Navigators

Laura Chandler

By Corinne Hiser | Photographed by Deb Peterson Laura Chandler of Buffalo City knew something was not right. In fact, for three years she was aware that “something” was wrong. Her mammograms and ultrasound were normal. In January 2009, she scheduled an appointment in Fayetteville with The Breast Center. An exam was followed by an Read More

To Your Health! Let Your Body Be Your Guide

Martha Sanford

By Debbie Love | Photographed by Deb Peterson Have you ever felt like you’ve lost touch with your body? Maybe you feel a pain in your back or neck, and can’t remember anything that might have caused it. Physical and mental afflictions such as headaches, feelings of lethargy, and digestive troubles are annoying because they Read More

Meet Heart Healthy Cheryl Starzynski

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By Deb Peterson | Photographed by Deb Peterson For six months, it got harder and harder for Cheryl Starzynski to find the energy to walk up the stairs in the two-story home she shares with husband Bruce in Mountain Home. “I had to sit down at the top of the stairs,” she says. “At first Read More

To Your Health! Heart Health: Are You at Risk?

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By Advanced Nurse Practitioner Corinne Hiser High blood pressure has frequently been tagged as “the silent killer,” so how do you know when something more serious is brewing? One in four women dies from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), making it the No. 1 killer of women, regardless of race or ethnicity. Two-thirds of women who Read More

To Your Health! Your Annual Checkup Checklist

Corinne Hiser, ANP

By Advanced Nurse Practitioner Corinne Hiser The new year is a good time to think about your annual exam. Here are some important tips to consider before you go to your appointment. Regular health exams enable your health care provider to assess and evaluate the status of your health. How do you look? How do Read More