October 2012 Blog Posts (12)

How to help Sandy's victims

I found this helpful information on the ABC News website.  I will be going to the Red Cross this weekend to donate blood.  Will you be able to help somehow?

How to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

One way to help is by donating to the Red Cross. All donations will provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance…


Added by Purple on October 31, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

The Impact of Hurricane Media Cues on Children

As we watch the images and follow the updates of the path of Hurricane Sandy, we are confronted with the fine line media must walk between providing necessary, often life-saving information and escalating anxiety and traumatic reactions. While adults, themselves, need to find a viable way to regulate their exposure to traumatic media cues, it is particularly important to consider the impact of disaster media cues on children.

Given the centrality of media in this culture the impact of…


Added by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips on October 26, 2012 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

How Do You Find Meaning in Life After Trauma? Three Strategies

When the Wounded Warrior Project came to our town, many of us had the opportunity to run the 4-mile race next to veterans and their families. The t-shirt of the young man in front of me read “ New Year’s Eve 5K, Afghanistan.” Some spouses of vets were wearing shirts that read, “ If you Like Freedom- Thank a Vet.”  The father of a vet wore a shirt that read, “ We’ve got them back-Now Welcome Them Home.”

On latest count there are…


Added by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips on October 26, 2012 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Who Knew?

I never would have thought in a million years that having a life threatening disease would have actually been one of the best things that could have happened to me.  My breast cancer diagnosis, in May 2008, was not just a life altering event but even more so, a life enhancing event. Who knew?

Who knew that on the other side of my journey I would emerge a better, stronger, healthier, and more vibrant person that ever before? …


Added by Rhonda M Smith on October 24, 2012 at 9:40pm — 3 Comments

Don't Be Tricked by Tempting Halloween Candies

We all know the heaping bowls of Halloween candy can be a lot scarier than the little spooks and goblins that appear at our doors on Halloween…


Added by Marcia on October 19, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Men Are Survivors Too

I attended a breast cancer awareness month event last week that was one of the few that gave men a voice in their breast cancer journey with their spouse.  It prompted me to think about an email I received about a couple of years ago from a man that really touched me.  So, I’m going to direct my thoughts and talk about something that we are aware of but often may not always address appropriately, or even enough.  That is, the journey that men experience who are the spouses or significant…


Added by Rhonda M Smith on October 16, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Latest Gadgets for Girls

Gadgets – we all love `em! Especially in these times, when technology seems to be outpacing our ability to keep up with all the amazing new stuff!

Well, in case you haven’t heard, here are three recent gadgets worth checking out. (And since we’re coming up on the holiday season, now may be a good time to start hint-hinting to your loved ones.)

First off, there’s the Square Card Reader, a point-of-sale device that plugs into your…


Added by Hannah Lovell on October 15, 2012 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

What Presidential Campaigns Teach Couples About Problem Solving!

If you are human, in a relationship and living on this planet there will be decisions to make and problems to solve. They may be intrinsic to your circumstances, imposed upon you by outside factors, or a function of your personal needs and goals.

For most couples issues related to jobs, residence, children, socializing, religion, sex, money, in-laws and more, demand decisions but often invite dissent.

If you want a clear example of the type of behavior to avoid when problem…


Added by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips on October 11, 2012 at 12:03am — No Comments

What October Means to Me

October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Its purpose is to promote awareness of breast cancer issues and educate and empower women to take charge of their own breast health.

As I reflect on October and what it represents, it’s easy to get caught up in the month’s many fundraising activities and events, and lose sight of its real purpose.  There seems to be a party of some sort or an event almost everyday and, as great as it is, as a survivor in some ways the…


Added by Rhonda M Smith on October 8, 2012 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

How Can I Exercise if I am Depressed? Some Suggestions

Numerous studies have identified exercise as a key factor in reducing depression symptoms. A recent study heightens the argument by finding that as compared to age, race, gender, body mass index cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes, it was the…


Added by Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips on October 4, 2012 at 9:41pm — No Comments

Sleep? hmmmm...Sounds familiar...

Sleep?  hmmmm…Sounds familiar…


Added by Lissa J on October 3, 2012 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Snoring isn't just annoying, it could be bad for your health.

Do you consider yourself a good sleeper?  Perhaps you go to bed after your favorite prime time show or once the 11:00 news is over.  You sleep for a solid chunk of time and wake up….. tired.  How does that happen?  You know you slept for 6, 7 or maybe even 8 hours. Your body should be “up and at ‘em”!

What do you know about sleep apnea?  Do you know as many as 18…


Added by Purple on October 1, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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