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Cancer Patients Need Emotional Care, Too

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 17, 2017 11:24:16 AM

Besides the physical challenges of treatment, cancer patients also travel an emotional journey.

Fear, anxiety and depression can happen while dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. That’s why it is important to address how a patient is coping in addition to how he or she is physically feeling.

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Topics: Cancer

Navigator Guides Cancer Patients in Their Journey

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 10, 2017 2:17:31 PM

Cancer patients have needs beyond chemotherapy and radiation.

After receiving a diagnosis and learning about treatment options, cancer patients often find themselves swimming hard against a current of decisions and questions.

That is why Cancer Patient Navigators have become such an important part of the cancer care team. They provide professional and personal guidance to patients as they move through the health care system, according to the American Medical Association.

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Topics: Cancer

Your Healthcare Checklist for the New Year 2017

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 30, 2016 2:14:37 PM

Every year around New Year, we think about changes we would like to make in the coming year. Many go so far as to make resolutions to make positive changes in their life. Some even keep those resolutions for more than a couple of weeks! Your health and well being should be a top priority as you consider positive changes you would like to make in the coming year. Think about taking it a step further than eat better and exercise. Use this healthcare checklist to help you make positive changes this year.

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Topics: Mammogram, Health Care, Colonoscopy

How to Avoid That Holiday Weight Gain

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 19, 2016 11:29:27 AM

Turkey. Ham. Dressing. Green Bean Casserole. Cookies. Cakes. Fudge… and the list goes on.

As if the abundance of food at your family holiday gatherings isn’t enough, the festive snacks offered at the workplace and the goodies shared by neighbors make it the most indulging time of the year.

On average, we can gain a couple of pounds – and, yikes, as much as 10 - between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. The holidays account for much of a person’s annual weight gain over the course of a lifetime.

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Topics: Weight Loss

How to Keep the Family Calm and Carrying On During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 13, 2016 12:47:09 PM

Tis the season for celebrating our blessings, eating holiday delights and spending time with family.

Sometimes, that third part can be a bit of a challenge.

While we love our family members, we don’t always like what they do or say. At best, grudges, disputes and personality conflicts can make family holiday celebrations somewhat tense. At worst, they can crush your festive spirit and hurt you mentally.

Just the thought of getting together with certain relatives can trigger anxiety or heighten depression.

So, what can you do to deal with it? After all, you don’t want to insult other family members or your in-laws by not showing up. How can you cope and avoid the drama?

Here are a few tips:

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Topics: Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid Training Saves Lives Too

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Dec 6, 2016 11:49:59 AM

You know something is wrong with your family member, friend or co-worker. He or she seems depressed or is sometimes acting irrationally.

Though a physical ailment could be causing the behavioral issue, it could be a mental illness.

What should you do? How can you help? Is there a way to provide first aid - similar to giving CPR to a heart attack victim? The answer is yes.

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Topics: Mental Health

How to Cope With Loss During the Holidays

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 30, 2016 9:06:21 AM

Holidays just aren’t the same when you have lost a loved one.

Though coping with the emptiness is challenging every day, the grief can be perplexing and overwhelming during this time of year.

One minute, you are fine and enjoying time with family. The next, a yuletide song on the radio leaves you heartbroken.

Grief during the holidays is especially profound the first year of your loss. However, it can also linger for years. That’s because holidays mark the passage of time in our lives, according to Grief.com. “They are part of the milestones we share with each other and they generally represent time spent with family. They bring meaning to certain days and we bring much meaning back to them.”

So how do you cope? Is there a way you can have a merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah or wonderful New Year following the death of a spouse, partner, family member or friend?

Here is some advice that might help:

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Topics: Mental Health

Dealing With the Most Stressful Time of the Year

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Nov 21, 2016 12:34:42 PM

Happy Holidays? Yeah, right.

Unreasonable expectations for a perfect celebration, family squabbling and hordes of crazy shoppers can turn you into a real Grouchy Grinch during the holiday season.

If you feel like Peace on Earth just isn’t obtainable this time of year, you are not alone. Fortunately, there are ways to cope with your holiday anxieties.

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Topics: Mental Health

Questions to Ask Before Having Surgery

Posted by Dana Lindsay M.D., Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists on Nov 17, 2016 8:53:55 AM

Having surgery, unless it involves an emergency or is life-threatening, is a significant decision.

Today’s surgical procedures are remarkably safer and allow for much quicker recovery. However, approximately 2 to 4 percent of elective surgeries have some type of complications – mostly depending on the age and overall health of the patient.

Before deciding whether or not to have surgery, you need to ask questions – lots of questions. Your surgeon and surgical team should be happy to answer them and to review your potential outcome.

Here are questions recommended by the Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists:

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Topics: Surgery

How To Help Yourself Heal After Surgery

Posted by Dana Lindsay M.D., Johnson Memorial Surgical Specialists on Nov 10, 2016 11:08:39 AM

Surgery can fix lots of health issues – from removing a bad gallbladder to repairing a torn muscle. An operation, however, is only the first step in making you feel and function better.

The body is amazing and capable of a remarkable recovery following an invasive procedure. While your surgeon removes or repairs bone or tissue, it’s your body’s ability to heal that completes the mission.

That’s why taking care of yourself after an operation will have a significant impact on a successful outcome.

Immediately following your surgical procedure, your healthcare team will prescribe a plan aimed at helping you recover as quickly as possible. They will recommend what to eat, how to care for your incision and what types of therapeutic exercises can get you back to your normal activities. Following these orders will make a big difference in your recovery.


Besides your customized post-operative plan, here are a few general tips that also can help:

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Topics: Surgery