Mammogram 101 {Healthy Living}

As many of you are aware, October is breast cancer awareness month.  We all are women or have women in our lives that we know and love so I thought it would be the perfect time to share some information on mammography that I found. First, some background information.  Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in Canadian women. In 2006, there will be an estimated 21,600 new cases in women aged 20+ and 5,300 deaths from breast cancer in Canada. About 11% of Canadian … [Read more...]

Be prepared in minutes with “Emergency Profile”

Even as a nurse, I must admit,  I sometimes struggle to keep all the specific and critical health information for everyone in my family organized, accessible and up to date.  We all lead busy lives; many are very engaged with young active families, have their own health problems or have aging parents and/or extended family to care for. Now, imagine an emergency medical situation involving someone you love and the resultant stress that situation would cause.  Now also imagine, that as a … [Read more...]

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month {Healthy Living}

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month   What is breast cancer?   Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Breast cancer starts in the cells of the breast. The breast tissue covers an area larger than just the breast. It extends up to the collarbone and from the armpit across to the breastbone in the centre of the chest. The breasts sit on the chest muscles that cover the ribs. Each breast is made of glands, ducts (thin tubes) and fatty tissue. Lobules are groups of glands that can … [Read more...]

Ovarian Cancer: Know the Facts! {Healthy Living}

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and ovarian cancer prevention is a cause that is near and dear to my heart.  In 2005 I lost a friend, colleague and fellow OR nurse to this insidious disease.  Please, don't ignore these subtle symptoms, be vigilant and listen to your body! {Click on above diagram for a larger image} … [Read more...]

The Arthritis Society is Launching a Month-Long Campaign For Arthritis Awareness Month {HEALTHY LIVING}

Did you know there are 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis? ABOUT THE ARTHRITIS SOCIETY The Arthritis Society is dedicated to a vision of Living well while creating a future without arthritis. It is Canada’s principal health charity providing education, programs and support to 4.6 million Canadians with arthritis and their loved ones. Since its founding in 1948, The Society has been the largest non-government funder of arthritis research in Canada by investing more than $180 million … [Read more...]

West Nile Virus – Symptoms and Health Effects {HEALTHY LIVING}

{Mosquito - Image source:} West Nile Virus has been a hot news topic of late, even here in the relatively cooler climate of Canada.  I thought I would take this opportunity to familiarize you with some West Nile Virus facts: … [Read more...]

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – Impact of shoreline litter and aquatic debris {LIVING GREEN}

Impact on Wildlife Shoreline litter and aquatic debris primarily threatens wildlife through entanglement and ingestion. Additionally, many of the species that are most vulnerable to these risks also happen to be endangered or threatened, including sea turtles, fish, marine mammals, and birds. Entanglement Entanglement is most often caused by items such as plastic strapping bands, rope, wire, fishing lines, six pack rings and other similar items. Meanwhile, abandoned fishing gear … [Read more...]

How to reduce your risk of mosquito & tick bites

This is the time of year when we all love being outdoors as much as possible; camping, picnicking, hiking or just working or playing in the yard.  However, we are not alone, mosquitos and ticks also enjoy this time of year and their bites can cause a range of health problems, from itchiness and irritation to potentially serious diseases. {Mosquito - Image source: Alvesgaspar (CC)} Mosquitoes can bite at any time of the day, but most species are more active at dawn and dusk.  Ticks are often … [Read more...]

Get the facts, “World Hepatitis Day” is July 28th {#HealthyLiving}

“It’s closer than you think” is the theme of this year’s World Hepatitis Day, which takes place on 28 July 2012. The campaign focuses on raising awareness of the different forms of hepatitis: what they are and how they are transmitted who is at risk the various methods of prevention and treatment … [Read more...]

Living Green, One Tip at a Time

Why should we care about a little thing like plastic bags? … [Read more...]

Healthy Living – Nine weeks in and doing…?

Like many of you,  my New Year resolution was to be more active, eat healthier and lose a few pounds. How am I doing 9 weeks in...I'm doing OK, better than I was, but still working on it. … [Read more...]


Act.  There are so many ways you can Make Death Wait. … [Read more...]

Healthy Living – Basic principles of physical activity

Like many, many, many people my New Year resolution was to be more active and eat healthier.  How am I doing 6 weeks in...I'm doing OK, but not amazing! Yesterday, I was reading this article by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation (February is Heart Month) and was re-inspired.  I thought I would share it with you and hopefully, if you need motivation, it will help you too! … [Read more...]

Healthy Living – The Heart Truth

The Heart Truth™ is heart disease and stroke is the # 1 killer of women in Canada, but most don’t know it.   Heart disease is not a “man’s disease”:  women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack or stroke. … [Read more...]