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ambivalence

This is a friendly reminder to give yourself the same good preventative care that you give to everyone else. Here's the Center for Disease Control's suggested screening test list .I know this sounds obvious, but come on, really, how many of you follow through with your own care? After all, how can someone juggling a zillion patients and parenting responsibilities possibly make time for a doctor's appointment?  And, of course, doctors well know the myriad of discomforts and indignation of a colonoscopy or mammogram.  However, so often these are just excuses -- actually our ambivalence simply i......
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Concerns about Komen

Despite all of the wonderful good the foundation has accomplished, I have a concern with Komen beyond the current brouhaha.    Consider Wikipedia's summary: "Since its inception in 1982, Komen has invested nearly $2 billion for breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S., and through partnerships in more than 50 countries...Susan Goodman Komen, was born in 1943 in Peoria, IL.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 33.  She died of the disease at age 36 in 1980.  Komen's younger sister, Nancy Goodman Brinker ... founded the S......
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Mothers with Cancer Help Page

Today Susan Niebur died from inflammatory breast cancer.  An astrophysicist and mother of a 4 and 6 year old, Niebur posted a link to  Mothers with Cancer Help Page in a final post on her blog "Toddler Planet." Blogs offer such an oddly intimate, novel way for those in medical fields to peek into what the  experience  of illness really is.   We see such a limited piece in  clinics and on hospital floors.  Here, in a final post, Niebur shows how to rise above terminal illness -- as her blog evidences she did right along.  She helped others even as her own situation was dire. Just a couple of w......
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question parenting

Parents have answers. Especially doctor moms. We have been studying for so many years.  We just need to impose our hard won answers on our kids.  We tell. Kids listen and do.  I use the term "Answer Parenting" to refer to such parenting via administering answers and agendas. Such "Answer Parenting" can be tempting but has short-comings. First, the approach generally peeves the child. Who likes to be told what to do? And, who likes to deal with a peeved child? Second, the approach doesn't allow the child to practice figuring out an answer or to practice using their own growing little seats of ......
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a single step

I have been blessed with an inherent sense of personal responsibility, finely honed by my environment as a child.  I learned at an early age that my actions and decisions carry meaning and consequence.  This is a trait that has served me well over the years, at times providing opportunity to grow through recognition of my own failings, and at others freeing me from shouldering responsibility where it was not mine to carry.  Personal responsibility is an important value that I strive to pass on to my children and one I am proud to see developing in Teenage Boy.  Financial responsibility is an ......
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