Healthy Living is a monthly special section published in all 18 Anton Community Newspapers focusing on a wide range of health topics and highlighting the extensive health services available in our area. A sampling of current stories appears here.
By Dr. Cynthia Paulis
When attorney Barbara Gay found a lump on her breast she went to her doctor for evaluation and was referred to a surgeon to have a biopsy. It took a week before the results came in. “I remember he looked at me and said, “You have breast cancer,” then he spun his stool around and wrote a note in the chart and handed me a piece of paper with an appointment to have it removed.” Barbara didn’t really know what her options were or where to go for help. That was seven years ago. She had two lumpectomies because the first surgery missed some areas of cancer, chemotherapy every three weeks for six sessions and then six weeks of radiation five days a week. She sought out a support group and learned from other women about treatment options and their experiences.
Rolf Ankermann’s revolutionary new book, The Freedom to Recover, does not offer a “program” for sobriety but rather, suggests a complete reversal of how alcohol addiction should be both viewed and addressed. The goal for addressing alcoholism should be to recover, not to be in a perpetual state of recovering “one day at a time” for eternity. Those suffering from the throes of addiction need not declare themselves as powerless. Rather, through the gift of freewill and the ability and responsibility to make choices that go along with it, we all have the power to overcome obstacles and be the determining factor that dictates the direction and purpose of our lives. Concentrating on the skills that can enhance self-empowerment as opposed to relinquishing one’s independence, this book will help teach the suffering alcoholic how to:
The perennial subject of how parents can raise their teenagers will be the subject of a workshop to be held Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock (UUCSR). “Win With Your Teens” will be hosted by Dr. Anthony DeCamello and will begin at 1 p.m.
The lecture is directed exclusively towards parents and other guardians, Dr. DeCamello said.
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