28January

Ask Dr. Christina: How Do I Empower Myself to Become an Entrepreneur and Take Care of My Family?

Dear Dr. Christina, I am 40 years old and I have found myself in the position of having to become the breadwinner of my family, meaning me and my 2 beautiful children ages 7 and 10. My husband was killed in a motorcycle accident this past year. You see, we were childhood sweethearts and lived together for the past 10 years. My husband did not want me to work so I was a stay-at-home mom who never finished high school. Now I find myself having to find a job, but no one will hire me because I have no experience and I do not have a high school diploma. I am getting some assistance for health insurance, food stamps and social security, but I do not want to use those as excuses to supplement our needs—for they are just not enough. My only opportunity for getting a job so far has been working at a fast food restaurants. I feel I am too old for school, but I thought maybe I could start my own business. I have always dreamed of having my own business. I am at a loss as to how to take care of my family, and I would like some advice as to what I can do. El

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22January

Get Proactive in Preventing Cervical Cancer!

This is the time of year when it is imperative to help women become more proactive to decrease the occurrence of cervical cancer and to increase public awareness and understanding of the approaches to screening for early detection. Each year more than 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and approximately 4,000 women die as a result of it. Half of the women who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer are between the ages of 35-55 and 20% are women older than 65 years of age. Cervical cancer is the second leading cancer in women worldwide. Cervical cancer rates are higher in older women while precancerous cells rates are found in greater and greater numbers in younger women.

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21January

Ask Dr. Christina: Can I Still Be At Risk of Cervical/Vaginal Cancer After a Hysterectomy?

Dear Dr. Christina, I am 50 years old and I had a hysterectomy ten years ago. I was told by my doctor that I did not need to have any more pelvic exams or pap smears. I just moved to another state and went to a new OB/GYN doctor who told me that I need a pelvic exam yearly and a pap smear, according to my particular risk factors. When I received a phone call from the doctor, I was told the result of my pap smear was abnormal and that I had precancerous cells. How can that be? I am confused as to why I was told by one doctor I didn’t need to be checked after my hysterectomy and then my new doctor says a pelvic exam should be done yearly, whether or not I have a uterus and/ or cervix. I did not know a woman is at risk of not only cervical cancer but of vaginal and or vulvar cancer. Why are we not told this to begin with? Molly

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04January

Happy New Year’s for 2014: Goals of Gratitude

As we approach a New Year, we tend to make resolutions such as weight loss or we promise ourselves to either join a gym or begin a new exercise program. Instead of making these types of resolutions, I thought we could bring in the New Year with the thoughts of gratitude of what we have and what we cherished in 2013. Life can become very hectic at times, and it is easy to lose sight of what is truly important to us. Life can be a roller coaster ride such that we can lose our focus of things and people we are grateful to have in our lives. --> Read some easy ways to cultivate it in your life and why you should.

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