January 2019

It's not just a straw problem - it's a plastic problem.
Chances are you have heard of the campaign to stop use of plastic drinking straws. It is likely you have also been to a restaurant where they no longer provide plastic straws - either forgoing a straw altogether or giving you a paper option. In other cases, you might be carrying around your own reusable straws to use instead of plastic straws - something I do because I do enjoy drinking through a...
There are no wrong answers.Enjoy the journey of 2019. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!
New Year’s resolutions mean well. There is something to be said for taking in the big picture and setting the course to reach specific goals. Somewhere between setting those resolutions and achieving them—life happens, things change and reality shifts. Resolution literally means, “The process of solving a problem.” A resolution is all about the end game—achieving results, but what if we focused on...
Use your moral compass when it comes to resolutions - do what you can and what makes you feel your best.
I took an exercise class on January 2. Do I need to tell you the room was packed? You couldn’t see the laminate floor for yoga mats of all colors – turquoise and hot pink being among the favorites – covering the room. We barely had space to spread our arms. As I stepped back to avoid my hand hitting the hand of the person next to me, I realized I was in the middle of a New Year’s Resolution in...
Recently, we have been seeing a sudden increase in patients with Hepatitis C, especially among childbearing age females. Often they have no idea they are positive for Hep C.
Recently, we have been seeing a sudden increase in patients with Hepatitis C, especially among childbearing age females. Often these women are diagnosed during their prenatal care and had no idea prior that they were infected. According to the CDC, there was a 21% increase in reported cases of Hepatitis C between 2015 and 2016. It is believed the Opioid epidemic and the increase in IV drug use is...
This ‘Holly Hobbie’ figurine reminds me of Thelma because of the human connection we had when we made it. It’s a tangible representation of our bond.
When I was a child, I spent a lot of time with relatives. I had many cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. My parents would spend summers and holidays shuttling me and my brothers to various relatives’ houses to celebrate the cause of the day. Sometimes, it was just me who visited a relative, and I spent most of that time with my paternal grandmother, Thelma. Smart phones (or cell phones, for...
Take it easy on that post-baby body - she has feelings, too!
Here I run on the treadmill, breathing rapidly with a mixture of anxiety (because I couldn’t find my “better” fitting leggings) and pure exhaustion. I’m beginning another year of New Year’s resolutions, and you can probably guess one of them – get back into a workout routine. If there was a conversation had between my disillusioned self and my post-baby body, it would go something like this...
Balance is a joy in nature, however it can be more difficult to find balance in our daily lives.
During a recent blogger gathering, I was sharing my ideas for this blog and the inspiration behind it. The blog is supposed to be about balance – what it looks like, how to achieve it, and my own efforts to be balanced or (finally) recognize that there is no such thing, and that each of us is doing the best we can. As I described why I often felt off-balance and the cacophony of thoughts running...
Bloom Where You Are Planted.

For much of my 20s, I was a sort of gypsy, meaning I moved around a lot. I jumped from job to job in the hopes the next adventure would lead me to where I was meant to be – to a place where I could truly stand out and make a difference. In the journalism world, this meant many different newsrooms with a wide cast of characters. Some days were a struggle, fighting for a story, begging for more time...

Today, more and more women are interested in the IUD because it provides an effective, safe form of birth control.

I was inspired to write about the IUD (intrauterine device) after a visit with a new patient recently. She was referred to me for surgical removal of an IUD that was placed in 1971. It made me think reverently about how far healthcare for women has come. When I was a young woman, considering what career I might want, I decided to go to medical school specifically to become an OBGYN. I was inspired...