Hospital Visits Can Bring True Love

MIKE FAULKNER AND DENISE VALE MET ON the cancer ward of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in 1979. They were both 8 years old. She was a quiet girl with a shy smile whose hair was falling out from the radiation used to treat her leukemia. He was a skinny boy with whitish-blond hair on his second visit to undergo chemotherapy for throat cancer.
Doctors expected that both children. would die. Mike’s parents were told that their son’s chance of recovery was less than 5 percent, and that “you should enjoy him while you can.”

So the Faulkners and Vales spent their days by the children’s bedside, praying …

Stay Smart When Ailments Start To Affect The Emotional Side

bnopdAny woman who has suffered through the blackness of postpartum depression or the mood swings of PMS knows instinctively how the rise and fall of estrogen can affect her emotions, says Melanie Taggart of Organizing Your Way. Now, new research suggests that this quintessential female hormone may influence how we feel and think more strongly throughout our lifetimes than we ever realized. Here are estrogen’s most common effects on mood as noted at this conference, and the mind, and what you, in consultation with your doctor, can do about them:


WHAT IT IS More than half of all women report mild moodiness, irritability, or fatigue …

Fibbing Needs To Be Dealt With

fntobdhThe first time you catch your child in an outright lie, you may freak. Is this the beginning? you wonder. Today my three-year-old is fibbing about taking Daddy’s pen, tomorrow he’s wall art at the post office? OK, you’re overreacting. Parents tend to do that when their kids lie, sure that it signals some major character defect. But unless the habit becomes chronic, you don’t have to be overly concerned.

You should, however, address the lie and help your child understand the importance of telling the truth. “Children don’t fully master the concept of honesty as a character trait until they’re around ten,” says Stanley Greenspan, M.D., professor of psychiatry …

Should You Be A Human Guinea Pig?

ssmayIn September of last year, Anne Dyson found a lump in her breast. It wasn’t her first cancer scare–four years earlier, the 52-year-old pediatrician from Millbrook, New York, had what turned out to be a benign cyst diagnosed in the same breast. Hoping this was another false alarm, Dyson rushed to the medical center where she’d had a mammogram six months earlier. At first she was told there was no change. “Then I got the dreaded call to come back,” she remembers. At that point, she turned to a doctor she knew at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who arranged for a repeat mammogram and breast biopsy.

The results were grim: Dyson had cancer in both breasts-which had been missed in previous mammograms because her dense, lumpy breasts made X rays hard to read. Also, two lymph nodes were positive, indicating that the cancer had spread. “You can’t imagine my terror,” she says. Dyson kept thinking about her family: “I’d just gotten married-literally the week before. My two sons from my first marriage, Mac and Roberto, were only nine and thirteen, and I had a new stepson, Ben, also thirteen. I had a lot left to do in life.” Continue reading “Should You Be A Human Guinea Pig?”

What Exactly Can “Rolfing” Do For You?

rolfdfuBad back? Aching muscles? When your pet is in pain, an alternative treatment–massage, acupuncture, Rolfing–may be just the right prescription.

When Lyndon Burnett of Deer Trail, Colorado, climbed into his pickup truck to run an errand in August 1999, he didn’t realize that the family’s tabby cat, Juju, was snoozing beneath the engine. Until the rancher turned the key. The fan belt hit the cat, and a yowling Juju flew out from under the truck, raced behind a shed, then collapsed. Lyndon’s wife, Amy, and their daughters, Anne, 12, and Lila, 8, drove the cat to the vet, where she was placed in intensive care for a compression fracture in …