Type 2 Diabetes, One is Too Many

Do you know someone who has type 2 diabetes? I’m fairly confident your answer will be yes. I realize this because, like many of you, I know several people with this disease. Maybe it’s your mom or dad, or an aunt or uncle or it could be your brother, sister or best friend.  What I do know for certain is this; when it comes to type 2 diabetes, even one is too many. Why is it One is Too Many? One is too many because approximately one in two Canadians with type 2 diabetes will die … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Help Shoo the Flu!

With the long, laid back and relaxing days of summer now a distant memory, life has returned to more of a routine. We’re all back to work and school and autumn, with all its spectacular shades of reds, oranges and yellows have crept in, seemingly while we were sleeping! As I metaphorically put on my nurse’s cap, I’m sad to also tell you the less than spectacular fall flu will soon be arriving! You may be wondering why the increase of influenza in the fall? It’s often because this is also the … [Read more...]

Busting the Stigma Around Embarrassing Problems

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Busting the Stigma Around Embarrassing Problems ~ I’m an older nurse who has probably worked since before many of you were even born. So, trust me when I say, I have heard and seen just about anything and everything medical related. Nothing surprises, shocks or embarrasses me and no subject is off-limits. Just ask my husband and kids! Add to this the fact I grew up in a family … [Read more...]

4 Important Women’s Health Facts

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. As a nurse who worked in the gynaecology service of our regional hospital, and as a woman, I cannot overemphasize the importance of women’s healthcare.  Women wear so many different hats (wife, mom, sister, daughter, coworker) and the reality is, we are constantly faced with new pressures and responsibilities. We are so busy juggling our various hats that we often put our own … [Read more...]

Take the Self-Care Day Challenge & Enter to Win 1 of 10 GC’s

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.  Take the Self-Care Day Challenge — It’s time to take your health into your own hands! Let’s face facts, many of us lead incredibly busy lives. We are all super busy at home, at work, being a parent, being a spouse, balancing family life, meeting up with friends, maintaining our homes and the list goods on and on. We want to be everything to everyone and in doing so our own … [Read more...]

Take Control of Your Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Hologic and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. As women, we all have menstrual cycles. These “periods” as they are commonly called, are a normal part of our body's way of preparing each month for a possible pregnancy. Many women breeze through their menstrual cycles.  Other than regularly changing pads or tampons, their period causes them little or no discomfort or inconvenience. They go about their daily lives as … [Read more...]

Get Your Colour On & Support Cancer Research

This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Colour Your Hair to Conquer Cancer May is #GetYourColourOn Month! It’s time to Get Your Colour On...hair colour, that is...and Support Cancer Research! This May, a bold and engaging new fundraising program challenges Canadians to colour their hair and raise funds to help Canada Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime. There are many different ways to Get Your Colour On. Colour your hair with teammates or … [Read more...]

Five Possible Effects of Stress

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label Five Possible Effects of Stress ~ I think it is fairly inevitable, at one time or another, we will all experience stress in our lives. It could be health related, financial, job, or family, but I think it’s pretty safe to say, during our lifetime, none of us will entirely escape stress. You may remember a year or so ago, we sold our home. We still haven’t found “the house” yet … [Read more...]

7 Signs Spring has Almost Arrived

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. We can all identify the subtle signs of spring - birds chirping, longer days and blooming flowers. The warmer weather signifies a fresh start with more time outdoors, bringing your garden back to life, and of course, spring cleaning! While these telltale signs are positive for the most part, its common to feel unprepared when the new season comes so quickly. Here are a few … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Mishap-Free March Break

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. March Break is rapidly approaching. A time for a welcome change from the wintertime routine and hopefully an escape for some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether your idea of a vacation is relaxing at home, spending some quality time with family in a warm location or a deluxe trip to Vail for some skiing; we all want our vacation to be mishap-free. A well-deserved rest … [Read more...]

Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes and the havoc it can wreak on our bodies is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. My family has a long history of diabetes, I have aunts, nieces, and cousins with this disease.  In my years of working as a Registered Nurse, I have also cared for a number of patients with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to several health problems including blindness, foot ulcers, and amputations, but heart disease is the most common cause of death. Diabetes can “literally” be a … [Read more...]