There’s a common misconception among area residents that in order to receive the best possible cancer care, it’s necessary to travel to a major cancer center or university situated many miles away. But the truth of the matter is, world-class cancer care is available right here at home—a short drive from any point in the community—at The Toledo Clinic Cancer Centers (TTCCC).
Getting sick is a scary, life-changing event.
When we are first diagnosed with some ailment or chronic condition, we might be overwhelmed. We become anxious. It is scary: Will I be able to continue working, walk, or eat normal food? Will this illness cause pain? Is there a cure? Are there medicines that can help with the pain or even slow down the progression of the disease? Will I be able to afford the medicines and all the doctor appointments and medical procedures if I need them? All of this can be new to us, and we can experience a fear of all these unknowns.
The holidays are hectic and stressful for everyone, but for people coping with the loss of a loved one, the strain of the holiday season—a time when family togetherness and traditions are the focus—can seem overwhelming. Their emotional anguish can be especially poignant in that first holiday season after their loved one’s passing.
The holiday season is upon us. It’s a time when we are busy decorating, shopping, baking, and attending holiday functions. We have little time for anything extra in our day. We also have to deal with the potential for wintry weather. It is a special time of year and one that many of us enjoy—but it’s also a time when many of us tend to abandon our healthy habits. We don’t eat as healthy as we should, and we skip out on the exercise regime that we had been following. As a result, our stress level meter is in the red zone.
Seniors often go to considerable lengths to reduce the risk of falling inside the home—eliminating tripping hazards such as throw rugs and extension cords, installing grab bars in bathrooms and railings on stairs, applying a non-skid surface to the bathtub, and so on. Then, along comes Old Man Winter to turn all of Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan into one big slip-and-fall hazard. Area seniors who aren’t especially cautious and vigilant at this time of year can all too easily end up experiencing a painful—and potentially debilitating—fall on icy or snow-covered surfaces.
Every winter, snow shoveling causes more than its share of injuries, ranging from strained or pulled muscles to thrown-out backs. Also, after a heavy snowfall, it’s not unusual to hear news reports of people who suffer heart attacks—sometimes fatal—while shoveling. These avoidable injuries and tragedies occur because it’s easy to underestimate how the sudden, intense exertion of snow shoveling taxes the body—especially when that body has been otherwise sedentary for most of the year.
For cancer patients, the journey from diagnosis and treatment through the “new normal” of survivorship can seem overwhelming. Along the way, they must learn to understand their diagnosis and treatment options, coordinate visits with multiple specialists, find out how and where to access supportive resources in the community, as well as make critical decisions impacting their care and quality of life—all while coping with the symptoms and side effects of their cancer and treatment regimen.
In autumn, as natural sunlight levels begin to decline and colder temperatures prompt us to spend more time indoors, it’s not unusual to experience a change in our mood and energy level. For most of us, this change is relatively mild and manageable. However, for individuals with seasonal depression, or “the winter blues,” that seasonal shift can be severe enough to significantly impact their ability to function and quality of life.