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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Sunday Nov 29th, 2020
Lung cancer remains the second most common cancer in women (behind breast cancer) and the second most common in men (behind prostate cancer). In 2021, there will be over 225,000 individuals diagnosed with lung cancer in the United States. (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)   A misconception people have is that lung cancer only […]

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Tuesday Nov 24th, 2020
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with a life-limiting illness. It is reported that every year in the United States, nearly 1.4 million people who are living with a life-limiting illness receive hospice […]

Great American Smokeout Day

Thursday Nov 19th, 2020
Great American Smokeout Day Nathan Murray, PA-C Marlow Family Care    The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Held on the third Thursday of November, people are challenged to stop smoking for at least 24 hours with the goal that their decision will last longer, hopefully forever. […]

Affirmation for Addiction

Monday Nov 09th, 2020
I am a person of worth – my life matters.  I have a place where I am right now – a place that is positive.   And even if I don’t quite see that place yet, as I get better that place will become evident.  I am important to someone though maybe right now I am […]

Breast Cancer Screenings

Wednesday Oct 14th, 2020
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is the number one diagnosed cancer in women every year, and 15-17% of breast cancers are diagnosed between the ages of 40-50. Screening mammography is the only method proven to reduce […]

Should I Wear a Mask?

Wednesday Oct 14th, 2020
A major question asked today is whether or not you should wear a mask. When the pandemic first started, experts didn’t realize how people with COVID-19 could spread the virus before symptoms appeared. Or that people could have COVID-19 without exhibiting symptoms.  Wearing a facemask is now one of the recommendations to help slow the […]

Do I have an Addiction?

Tuesday Oct 06th, 2020
Our minds and our brains are one and the same.  But the brain is where the mind lives and neurochemicals interact between the brain and the mind in every activity of our life.  And though it may be hard to understand, when someone becomes addicted to a substance, that substance literally “takes over” or “hijacks” […]

How do I know I have an Addiction?

Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020
Believe it or not, that is really a great question.  Most people with the disease of substance abuse certainly don’t intend to become an addict.  But what happens over time, sometimes a very short time and sometimes over months, a “switch” is activated.  And that switch leads to a compulsive need to take or use […]

Why Can’t I Just Stop

Tuesday Jul 28th, 2020
People who don’t have addiction or understand how addiction works have trouble understanding why someone who compulsively uses substances that brings harm to the user and brings hurt and destruction to all those around them.  You know, you would think someone who hits their thumb with a hammer while pounding nails wouldn’t keep doing it […]

Shame

Monday Jul 06th, 2020
When most of us have done something we know is the wrong thing to do/that hurts someone, we  feel guilt – that voice of our conscience telling us of our wrong doing.  It is important to notice guilt comes about from our actions – something I didn’t do that was the right thing to do […]