Navigating Our Health

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Carrie Snyder
Carrie Snyder, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, is the Women's Health Nurse Navigator. Carrie serves as a liaison between Beebe and the community to help community members navigate Beebe’s services.
November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
November is National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month. This topic is very close to heart, as I lost my father-in-law to pancreatic cancer in July of this year. He was 61 years old. His diagnosis was sudden and unexpected. It turned our world upside down. I will never forget my husband waking me up and telling me they had found “lesions” on his father’s pancreas on a CT scan in the ER the night...
A postpartum visit is a great time to check in with your doctor following childbirth.
During pregnancy, it can feel as though you spend just as much time at the OB/GYN office as you do at home or at work. Once the baby is born, the focus tends to shift from “caring for mom” to “caring for baby.” You know the scene…..all eyes are on mom during labor, giving words of encouragement, until the baby arrives. Then the whole room shifts it focus over to the baby where they are seen oohing...
Those words…. “I am so sorry, there is no heartbeat,” will forever be etched into my soul.
This is a blog topic I have wanted to write about for some time, but every time I would try, I just couldn’t come up with the right words. Then I realized: It isn’t about the “right words,” but more about message and awareness of this issue. It is something we don’t talk about, yet it is something that many women are dealing with. This topic is very near to my heart and I want to share my personal...
Talking to your family about your wishes is important.
I recently had lunch with a colleague who works within Beebe’s Palliative Care department. We were discussing palliative care and end of life planning and she said, “I refer to it as Advanced Illness Planning.” This really struck me. We spend so much of our life “planning” for big events. We plan for college, we plan for a wedding, we plan for a having a baby… But, do we plan for death? There are...
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...
Blogger Carrie Snyder, center, and her girlfriends enjoyed a wreath-making class during the holiday season.
Ahhhhh….. December. I love December. I am one of those people who really looks forward to the holidays and Christmas each year, and who secretly likes colder weather better than summer. I mean sweaters, boots, and leggings are way more desirable than bikinis and skimpy tank tops – I know all the post-childbirth, still-rocking-that-extra-baby-weight mommas are with me! However, with the excitement...
Talk to your teens and their care providers about the HPV vaccine.
I often get the question from friends and family: “What do you think about the HPV vaccine?” Vaccines in general get a lot of attention by news and media outlets, but the HPV vaccine seems to get even more likely related to the type of virus it is used to prevent. Here are Five Things to Know about HPV and the vaccine: HPV or the Human Pappillomavirus is an infection that is spread through sexual...
I often get a lot of questions from friends and family as to “what I think about the HPV vaccine”. Vaccines in general get a lot of attention by news and media outlets, but the HPV vaccine seems to get even more likely related to the type of virus it is used to prevent. Here are Five Things to Know about HPV and the vaccine: HPV or the Human Pappillomavirus is an infection that is spread through...
If you need resources for substance abuse, there is help available.
This September, Sussex County is “Going Purple” to raise awareness around addiction and substance abuse in the area. The project is based on the Purple Project, which is an initiative of the Herren Project. It was established by Chris Herren, a former NBA player with the Celtics. Chris Herren himself has battled addiction and knows first-hand the impact it has on individuals and their families. By...
Kids walk to school with backpacks.
As a mom with two small children, August means preparing for “back to school.” This means back-to-school shopping, determining after-school care for both kids, finalizing extra-curricular activities, trying to get everyone back on a schedule of going to bed early and waking up early…. All while trying to squeeze in a couple more weeks of fun and cross a few more things off the summer bucket list...