While looking through old copies of Progress, the forerunner to Thrive, we found the following article, written by an anonymous cancer patient in 1998. The thoughts expressed on reasons to be thankful are as fresh today as they were 15 years ago…
This is the time of year when I find myself feeling moments of depression and fear about what might happen in the future. After expending a lot of time and energy, it hit me that as a cancer patient, I had some special things to be thankful for. Here are my top 12 reasons for being thankful this holiday season:
When you have cancer, hardly anyone ever gets mad at you and if they do, they get over it very fast.
When you have cancer, casual friends disappear and good friends become great friends. Continue reading →
Author Amy Rothberg is part of the Investigational Weight Management Clinic, a clinical-research team that’s conducting a large Weight Management study to examine how best to help those who are obese reduce their weight and keep it off in an effort to minimize their risk of developing diabetes.
When it comes to diabetes clinical research, the majority of studies are related to exploring new drug treatments. The Weight Management study differs in that it’s also focused on the impact that lifestyle changes have on those who are obese, particularly in the effort to prevent them from developing diabetes. In addition to lifestyle changes, we do look at options that, in some cases, include bariatric surgery and medications. We understand that weight loss is not one-size-fits-all, and each person’s journey is unique.
Since 2010, we have enrolled more than 500 people in our study and have seen an almost 65% remission rate in Type 2 diabetes. Continue reading →
In addition to providing holiday cheer, alcohol also affects the vascular system by dilating the blood vessels, leading to dizziness. Drinking in moderation helps keep you and your heart healthy.
You’re out with friends enjoying a few holiday cocktails when you suddenly feel lightheaded and need to sit down. You might not realize it, but you’re experiencing the effects of alcohol on your vascular system.
In addition to being a depressant, alcohol dilates the blood vessels. So, when you’re standing at a party or social setting, blood often pools in the vessels in your feet instead of being pumped back to the heart.
The result can be feelings of lightheadedness, nausea and over-heating (known as pre-syncope), which are exacerbated by alcohol. To prevent these symptoms and enjoy heart-healthy holiday drinking, minimize alcohol intake and move around to encourage blood flow to the heart, thus reducing the chances of passing out entirely.
When it comes to cancer prevention, one of the most important lifestyle habits is to maintain a healthy weight, but during the holidays this can be a challenge. All the holiday gatherings with decadent meals and desserts can challenge even the most regimented healthy eater. Adding to that the hustle and bustle of shopping, decorating and holiday events leave little time for regular physical activity or preparation of healthy meals when you are home. But you can indulge without the holiday weight gain, as long as you follow some simple suggestions: Continue reading →
On most Thursday nights, the larger-than-life men and women of Michigan Athletics stop by to share jokes, smiles, friendship and a little cheer with children at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
We know our “Little Victors” look up to these students, and that’s why we’re pleased to present the Maize & Blue Student Athlete of the Week. Each week, we’ll be shining a spotlight on one athlete to give our Little Victors and their families a closer look at some of the Conquering Heroes who dominate on the field, in the arena and in our hearts.
Congratulations to this week’s featured student athlete: Chris Heald Red Shirt Junior, Wrestling, Weight Class 197
It started with a simple patient question asked years ago: “Could someone use my pacemaker after I die?” The question was met with exploration and now a mission to provide recycled pacemakers to patients across the globe.
U-M team implants new pacemakers during medical mission to Ghana.
Small, reliable and easily held in the palm of a hand, the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center’s Project My Heart Your Heart hopes to bring recycled pacemakers within reach of those in developing countries as a novel way of treating heart disease.
“This type of activity already goes on on a small scale,” says Dr.Thomas Crawford, a cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Michigan.
“Doctors will literally reprocess pacemakers themselves and then take them in a suitcase and go on medical missions for a week or two to re-implant devices. The difference in our program is that we want to develop a standardized protocol that can be followed by any other charity that wants to do this,” he explained. Continue reading →