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March is National Kidney Month

Organ donation is a very real and very important part of life... and death... in today's world. It fascinates me that we, as humans, have the opportunity to save lives even after ours has ended. March is National Kidney Month.

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March Is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

The beautiful redhead in this picture is my mother, Cecilia (yes, that's six-year-old Yours Truly on her lap!). This photo was taken at Christmas time in 1966. Ten years later, my Mom was dead, due to complications from colon cancer. This makes March being Colon Cancer Awareness Month very personal to me!

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All You Can Eat Pancakes to Support “Relay For Life”

Here's a chance to support 'Relay for Life' and chow down on some pancakes, too!!The 'Relay for Life' all you can eat pancake breakfast is this Saturday at the Whataburger at 4302 North Navarro in Victoria.

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Should You See A Therapist?

Pressures at work. Worry because you can't find work. Conflicts at home. Loss, loneliness. These are just a few of life's challenges that can lead to feelings of depression, or worse. But there's a big difference between "feeling down," and true mental illness issues that need to be addressed with professional help. How can you tell if you need to seek counseling and/or treatment? Here are eight signs that you need to pay attention to.

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Kimberly Williams-Paisley Recalls Her Struggle With Mother’s Dementia

From the early signs to the diagnosis, to the needed longterm care and all the emotions in between, Brad Paisley’s wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley is sharing her story of learning to love again after her mother Linda was diagnosed with a form of dementia.

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Accolade Hospice to Hold Volunteer Info Meeting

As we care for an ever increasing number of patients in the Victoria area Accolade Hospice has a growing need for enthusiastic, caring volunteers to work with patients and/or assist staff with special activities.

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Photo: © Skeeter Nash
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Dogs And Cancer

If you're like me, your pets--especially dogs--become like members of your family. Those of us who have dogs--and want them to be in the best health possible--have the usual pet-related health issues we worry about: flea/tick infestations, rabies, distemper, even heart disease. A diagnosis of cancer in one of our furry family members is just as terrifying as it would if it was one of us getting that news. Could your breed of dog be more susceptible to cancer than other breeds?

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National ‘Wear Red’ Day

Friday, February 7th has been designated as "National Wear Red Day," when Texans (and Americans nationwide) will take women's health to heart, by wearing the color red. This national movement will be joined by members of the local Decora Study Club to encourage women to be aware of steps that can be taken to reduce their risk for heart disease

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VC ‘Lunch and Learn’ Series This Wednesday

Learning "Stayin' Alive" can help others stay alive after a cardiac arrest. As part of Victoria College's Lunch and Learn Series, this health course will be from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday in Room 101 of the Academic Building on VC's Main Campus. The cost of the course is $9 and includes lunch.

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Playtex Pacifier Recall Issued

Attention parents of pacifier-sucking babies: Playtex has announced a recall of more than a million pacifier holders, due to a choking hazard. The Associated Press reports that the problem with the pacifier holders concerns the clips that allow the holder to be attached to other items.

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Photo: © Skeeter Nash
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CHOO-Ahh! Reverse Sneezing in Dogs

Our Pug Princess, Pheobe (who you met in a blog post from earlier this week) experiences this sometimes. It would freak us out a little, until we found out what it was: some dogs do what is called, "reverse sneezing." She would make a series of snorting sounds, and it seemed like she couldn't breathe for a few seconds, but then she would be okay. If you have a dog that does this, you'll want to read this!

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Making Wheelchairs Obsolete

We live in truly amazing times! Medical advances seem to happen almost every week, especially for those who have suffered an injury to their spinal cord. I have a "bonus" son (my preferred term for "stepson") who has a spinal cord injury. While he is not a complete paraplegic, he has to use a bulky leg brace to stand upright, and a cane to walk. This TekRMD® Robotic Mobilization Device could help him, and countless others who have limited mobility, or are completely wheelchair-bound. Check out this video!

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