Spread The Word To The Women You Love About The Cancer We Can’t Afford to Ignore

This post was developed in collaboration with Eisai Inc. 

Fit, healthy and happy, my 54-year-old friend Deni wasn’t overly concerned when she noticed occasional spotting, about 15 months after what she assumed was her final period. “I felt anxious though when it became painful to pee. I was constantly bloated, and a strange pressure developed in my pelvic area,” Deni recalled.

A few months later – after finally talking to her gynecologist and undergoing a battery of tests and procedures, Deni’s ultrasound revealed an unusual thickening of her uterine wall. Tissue samples confirmed her fear. She had cancer, endometrial cancer. Before her diagnosis, Deni didn’t even know what that meant.

While many of us are aware of ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer is, in fact, the most common gynecological cancer in the United States, accounting for 90% of uterine cancer diagnoses. 

The abnormal growth of cells in the lining of the uterus, endometrial cancer most commonly occurs after menopause, although it’s on the rise among women between 20 and 49 years old.  

The causes of endometrial cancer are unknown, but some factors besides age that may increase a woman’s risk are obesity, family history, a high-fat diet, a lack of exercise, and a history of irregular periods. Overweight or obese women are two to four times more likely to develop this type of cancer than women with normal weights, according to the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. So, there’s a possible link between the rise of obesity in the United States and increasing endometrial cancer diagnoses and deaths. 

Fortunately for Deni, she was pronounced cancer free following a complete hysterectomy since the malignant cells were confined to her uterus. Thousands of other women, however, aren’t so lucky. Uninformed, they may relate painful urination to a urinary tract infection, bloating with using too much salt, and occasional spotting as just another nuisance after menopause. And, unlike Deni, they don’t seek help, or they wait until it’s too late! 

While 84% of white women have an overall five-year survival rate for uterine cancers, the number drops to 62% for Black women. Less likely to have health insurance and adequate access to doctors, only 53% of Black women with the condition get an early diagnosis.

Besides the symptoms Deni experienced, other symptoms can include irregular or heavy bleeding before menopause, and abnormal bleeding or a brownish discharge post menopause. Having an unpleasant discharge might embarrass a woman into silence, but knowledge empowers us to take control of our own health. While these are not all of the possible symptoms of endometrial cancer, recognizing and talking about them with our gynecologists or primary care doctors may help us spot the cancer early, when it may be more treatable. 

We all know that when one woman speaks up about her symptoms, other women are encouraged to follow. FORCE (Facing Our Risk Of Cancer Empowered), SHARE Cancer Support, Black Health Matters and Eisai have partnered to launch Spot Her, an initiative to help inspire all of us to know the signs of this serious cancer, spread the word, and speak to our doctors if we’re experiencing symptoms. Not next month. Not next week. But today.

“If you have symptoms, listen to your body and don’t be afraid,” Deni stressed. “Call your doctor. The sooner, the better. If I had waited any longer to speak to mine, the outcome may have been completely different.”

Join us in our pledge to #SpotHerForEC. For the women we love. For the women we are. Visit SpotHerForEC.com for information on endometrial cancer and on the important initiative. 

Living with a Cough That Just Won’t Quit

One woman’s 17-year journey with chronic cough

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Reading a book to her six-year-old grandson, Sigrid had to stop mid-sentence to cough. “Grandma, are you ever going to stop coughing?” her grandson blurted out. 

Grandma is 56-year-old Sigrid, who has been coughing since she was 39. You read that right: Coughing pretty much every day, in bouts she can’t control, for 17 years! Sigrid struggles with a condition called “chronic cough,” and it’s a part of her everyday life.

How can this be, you ask? You’ve heard coughing your whole life, from someone sitting next to you on the bus, to your significant other when he or she has a horrible cold. But you may not have heard of chronic cough.

The Facts About Chronic Cough

A reflex that protects your airway when it’s irritated from excessive mucus, dust, secondhand smoke, or even talking or laughing, coughing is considered “chronic” in adults when it lasts longer than eight weeks. Those with chronic cough commonly cough in “bouts” they can’t control, and they usually feel a powerful urge to cough before a bout begins. Chronic cough can often be associated with other health conditions, such as asthma, gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD), upper airway cough syndrome (UACS) and non-asthmatic eosinophilic bronchitis (NAEB). In some patients, treating an underlying condition doesn’t resolve the chronic cough, or an underlying condition can’t be identified.

Although the condition also affects men, more women have it – typically women in their fifties.

Sigrid’s Story

Sigrid’s journey began in 2004 when an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) treating her 14-year-old son asked why she was “clearing her throat” so often and recommended that she return for tests. Sigrid told the doctor it felt as if something was in the back of her throat. “He thought I might have acid reflux, and recommended treatment,” she remembered.

Nothing worked for Sigrid. The throat clearing turned into a cough, which progressively worsened.

Sigrid’s healthcare provider referred her to multiple pulmonologists, allergists and internists over the years. She’s undergone a variety of tests and physical exams to try and identify the cause of her cough.

“My original doctor eventually said, ‘I’m so sorry. I don’t know what to do,’” Sigrid added.

And Sigrid’s chronic cough intensifies every year. “It can happen anywhere, anytime. There’s no rhyme or reason for it,” she lamented. It can erupt when she’s watching a movie with her husband. Taking a walk with her dog. Talking on the phone. Even when she rolls over in her sleep. “My husband and I have different sleep schedules because my cough keeps him awake at night”, Sigrid said. Some bouts are worse than others, and they make her feel constantly fatigued. She also gets tension headaches and back pain, depending on the severity of the coughing bout.

“Chronic cough has changed my life. I feel like I’m 86 even though I’m 56,” Sigrid said. “I’ve always been an active and healthy person. It’s frustrating when you’ve never done a thing to bring this on.”

The Social and Emotional Impact 

Chronic cough can have a social and emotional impact on patients. “My family has adjusted and is understanding, but sometimes they still get annoyed if they can’t watch a TV program without my interruptions, or I can’t finish a sentence and they’re in a hurry,” Sigrid explained. Once an active person (she met her husband at a gym), Sigrid now hesitates even going out in public. “Because of my cough, I feel like people stop and
stare, looking at me with contempt,” she said, “I feel like people don’t realize this is a chronic condition I can’t control.”

Now Sigrid wants to spread awareness of chronic cough and she’s sharing her story as part of The Cough Chronicles, a new support and educational program providing chronic cough resources in conjunction with a chronic cough community for patients to connect with each other.

“A lot of people think it’s nothing, just a cough. But it’s not ‘just a cough’,” Sigrid said. “I’ve only met one other person with chronic cough, so I’m looking forward to connecting with others through this program.”

Visit www.chroniccough.Inspire.com to join the chronic cough community and for information and resources to help you take next steps.

Naturally Alleviate Hot Flashes

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No matter how many articles I read about hot flashes, or how many women described theirs to me in excruciating detail, I never could have imagined how wretched they’d actually make me feel. Like contractions during labor, until you personally experience a whole bunch of hot flashes, you’ll never understand the anguish they can cause.

If you’re currently suffering through hot flashes due to menopause, you surely don’t need an essay about them from me. If you haven’t yet had one, nothing I say will make it any easier when you do. Both groups of women, however, should know about a new non-hormonal [1] supplement, EQUELLE, that can help alleviate the frequency of hot flashes as well as muscle aches associated with menopause.

The most common menopause symptom and the second most common in perimenopause, hot flashes affect 75 percent of women in the US [2], many for as long as a decade. While some women might experience just a couple of hot flashes every day, others might have several every hour.  Considering how debilitating they can be, EQUELLE is a potential godsend to millions of ladies.

Happily, scientists are discovering how to replicate crucial chemical reactions in our body, without using hormones, so that vital biological processes aren’t hindered as we age. Although the exact cause of hot flashes isn’t known, they’re definitely linked to the decline of estrogen during menopause, and its effect on the brain’s ability to regulate our body temperature. We may no longer need estrogen to conceive when we’re 50 years old, but when our estrogen level starts falling, it can take quite a toll on a woman’s body. A sudden feeling of feverish heat, accompanied by profuse sweating, especially on the upper body, is one of the most distressing reactions. 

HOW EQUELLE THROWS “COLD WATER” ON HOT FLASHES

Of course, not every available treatment works the same on every woman. What’s more, many women don’t want to treat their hot flashes with some of the drugs and supplements on the market, such as hormone therapy. The beauty of EQUELLE is that it does its job without a single hormone. [3] Its active ingredient, S-equol, is naturally produced from a plant compound in soy through an exclusive process. It helps to alleviate the frequency of menopause-related hot flashes and muscle aches by binding to select estrogen receptors (groups of proteins) inside our cells.

“The active ingredient has a structure similar to estrogen, and can be an option for those seeking different solutions due to potential risks associated with systemic estrogen therapy for certain women,” explained Dr. LeeCole Legette, a principal scientist at Pharmavite, the company that manufactures EQUELLE. LeeCole did the research for her PhD on the effects of botanical compounds such as S-equol on our health. Now she’s delighted women have the option to take a nutritional solution to help them feel their best during the menopausal transition. Interestingly, about three out of 10 U.S. women naturally produce S-equol, LeeCole told me, which might account for why some women have fewer menopause symptoms like hot flashes. EQUELLE recreates this natural compound so more of us can get its benefits, which have been clinically shown.

Women taking a daily oral dose of EQUELLE (with 10mg S-equol) in a 12-week clinical study saw a 58.7% reduction in the frequency of their hot flashes, significantly more than the 34.5% reduction experienced in women who received a placebo. They also had significant improvement in the severity of their neck or shoulder muscle stiffness compared to those on a placebo. While clinical studies showed benefits in four weeks, optimal results were achieved within eight to 12 weeks.

Only on the market a few months, EQUELLE is getting impressive reviews. Consider this 5-star review from Pam M in San Francisco, who participated in a sampling program:

“Prior to taking EQUELLE, I felt like I had lost the ability to function in everyday activities. I was too tired, always sweating, getting hot flashes that would lead people to ask, ‘Are you ok?’ (all because I would flush deep red). Then I began taking EQUELLE, and the hot flashes dropped to almost zero so I could sleep easier and wake up with more energy! I stopped being embarrassed because the hot flashes were not as extreme, and people stopped asking, ‘Are you ok?’ I felt more like myself and able to return to more normal activities!

EQUELLE is so confident you’ll see relief from hot flashes and muscle aches, it invites you to try it for 60 days, and, if you “aren’t feeling EQUELLE,” you’ll get your money back.

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

[1] Free from human or animal hormones. Contains trace amounts of isoflavones, a type of naturally occurring plant hormone

[2] US Office of Women’s Health. Menopause symptoms and relief. Available at: https://www.womenshealth.gov/menopause/menopause-symptoms-and-relief#13

[3] Free from human or animal hormones. Contains trace amounts of isoflavones, a type of naturally occurring plant hormone

The Daily Routine Susan Is Never Going To Stop

When Susan Tolliver’s doctor told her she had Type 2 diabetes, she figured it was time to “stop spending all that money on Dr. Pepper and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and start spending it on something that’s good for me,” said the 66-year-old Texan. “My body was starting to feel so run down from eating too much sugar and not getting the nutrition it needs. My poor diet also was putting me at risk for developing other medical conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease.”

Susan liked a blurb she had read from her health insurance carrier about a company that would recommend personalized, doctor-approved nutritional supplements based on her health, daily habits and goals, and the medications she was taking. “They’d also deliver them to my door, so I decided that instead of wasting my energy and my calories on food I didn’t need to eat I’d focus on what would make me feel better,” Susan reasoned.

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On January 23, Susan filled out the five-minute questionnaire on www.personanutrition.com, received her supplement recommendations from a highly trained nutritionist and backed by four doctors, and placed the order. She thinks it’s “a treat” that her daily supplements are divided into morning and evening packets, which makes them easy to take. And, she can tuck a packet into her handbag if she’s planning to be out late. When Susan has a question, she’s delighted to be able to reach a nutritionist in minutes. “It’s also simple to add or cancel a supplement anytime I want,” she said.

Susan’s been taking a multivitamin and spirulina in the morning; in the evening she takes her second dosage of the multivitamin, ubiquinol, turmeric, Omega 3, garlic and a supplement for blood sugar balance. Ubiquinol replenishes an important enzyme that’s being depleted by the statin Susan’s doctor prescribed for her high cholesterol. The blood sugar balance supplement helps regulate her diabetes. Her multivitamins are split in the morning and night packs so that she can absorb more nutrients at a time. “I used to be hungry an hour after I ate, which was a sign of diabetes, “the doctor told me.  A week after I started taking the supplement for my blood sugar, I didn’t feel that hungry anymore,” Susan said.

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Susan wakes at 6 am weekdays, walks her dog, goes to work as a Geographic Information Service Manager at an oil and gas company, gets off at 7 pm, returns home, walks her dog again, cooks and eats dinner, and goes to bed. “If someone tells me I should start working out, I say, ‘When?’ ” she said.  Susan had consistently put on weight since her son was born 35 years ago. “I remember thinking it was nutty when the doctors told me after I gave birth that I’d be gaining a pound a year. But I’ve probably gained 35 pounds. I look in the mirror and say, ‘Lordy, look at the 35 pounds on me!’”

Besides cutting out the soda and Peanut Butter Cups, Susan didn’t change anything else in her lifestyle. Her latest blood test results showed she’s now a borderline diabetic, and she’s lost three pounds. “It was time to make a decision to stop eating junk food. Did I want to keep feeling mushy and have diabetes destroy my blood vessels, my eyesight, and more?” Susan considers the money she spends on her Persona supplements an investment in herself. “I felt so much better by the end of the first round of supplements, there’s no way I’m going to stop,’’ says Susan. “Each month I just feel better and better and more energetic. That can’t be just from losing three pounds!”

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He’s 77. She’s 72. They’re Still Enjoying Sex!

Ann and Harvey still made passionate love in 2004, after 13 years of marriage! Harvey, 62 years old at the time, and Ann, 57, would have rated their sex a solid 10!  When Harvey first noticed signs of ED (erectile dysfunction) he wasn’t overly concerned. But, when it reached the point where he’d “go south and become flaccid” during intercourse, he and Ann’s first inclination was to stop trying to have intimate relations as frequently.  “We were worried we’d keep having failures,” Ann remembered.

“Even though we intellectually knew what was happening, my emotions kept telling me we wouldn’t be having this problem if I was prettier or younger,” Ann recalled. “I still wanted to have a sexual relationship with my beautiful wife, but I didn’t feel whole because I couldn’t perform,” Harvey added. That feeling not only affected Harvey’s ego; it affected Ann’s and his relationship. “We were still best of friends, but I was, at least, frustrated,” Harvey said.

They both suffered like this for about nine months, while each of them privately harbored their new-found feelings of insecurity and discouragement. “We didn’t discuss the problem together until we realized the situation was becoming our new habit. When we were able to identify the problem together, we became determined to solve it,” Ann related.

They tried all three oral medications for ED that were available at the time.One would be wonderful for a few months and then it became less helpful, so the urologist would write a new prescription for the next medication. We’d repeat the pattern with that one, and then again with the third,” Harvey said.

They tried a vacuum penis pump one time but “it was cumbersome and left Harvey’s penis cold,” Ann said. “Besides, it  wasn’t spontaneous,” Harvey added.

They tried medication that Harvey injected into his penis with a small needle, but that, too, stopped being dependable.

At the close of 2011, seven and a half years after getting on the ED roller coaster, 70-year-old Harvey and 65-year-old Ann began searching for new solutions. They refused to give up hope, even when a urologist advised them to just accept their circumstances. No other treatments were available, he flatly stated. Fatefully,  a sharing friend of Harvey’s mentioned that he had had a penile implant and was extremely satisfied with the results, literally and figuratively. That got Harvey’s full attention!

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How It Feels To Be 100!

About to blow out the candles

“How does it feel to be 100?” I asked Mimi.  The second the words popped out, I knew it was one of the dumbest questions I had ever uttered.  

“Very much like it felt to be 99,” Mimi answered.  As you can tell, Mimi’s a lot sharper than I am!

Mimi and daughter Betsy

An active member of the 60+ Program at the bustling 92nd Street Y in Manhattan until the last couple of years, Mimi would attend weekly current events discussion groups led by Douglas, my ex.  They became pals, and over the last decade Douglas has often visited Mimi at her apartment where they talk for hours and have dinner. Douglas loves to learn about everyone’s family history. As a matter of fact, he knows more about my family than I do!

Mimi and daughter Jane

Mimi, an only child,  became an orphan by the time she was six months old. Her mother’s brother adopted her, but Mimi told Douglas that his wife never treated her lovingly, as she did with her biological children. A graduate of the University of Chicago when women were scarce on college campuses, Mimi worked in a munitions factory during World War II and then became an early education teacher and guidance counselor.   She married twice, to a lawyer and a labor union organizer, and had two daughters. Betsy teaches at Brooklyn Law School and Jane is a retired professor of anthropology at Cornell University.

Granddaughter Vanessa chatting with Mimi’s 91-year-old friend Lore Segal, a successful author

Mimi also passed her smart genes down to her grandchildren. Granddaughter Vanessa went to Harvard and now works for world-renowned American economist Jeffrey Sachs. Her sister Allison worked for a climate think tankGrandson Nicky graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and worked for President Obama.

“We are all here hoping to follow in my mother’s footsteps. She’s progressive, adventuresome and loyal, a devoted and inspired grandmother, and a favorite of all my friends in Ithaca,” daughter Jane said during the toast.

Douglas and Pat (who was married to Mimi’s cousin-step brother) toast Mimi

Up until she was about 95, Mimi did hours of Tai chi each week, which Douglas credits for her wonderful attitude and good health. Mimi once told Douglas that if she was younger, she would want to marry him!  She sure is a pistol.

Happy Hundredth, Mimi.  And many many more!

 

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A Woman Who is Saving Thousands of Necks–Literally and Figuratively

Cathy at home with one of her four rescue dogs

Growing up in a beautiful little village about 20 miles SE of London, Cathy Kangas, now 55 years old, cared for three tortoises, one horse, dogs, and a ferret. “I had a little bit of a farm going right there at a young age,” said Cathy, whose lifelong passion for creatures led her to create the Cathy Kangas Foundation for Animals. “We ensure that every animal is protected and loved, particularly those in animal shelters.  Two to three million healthy dogs and cats are euthanized in the United States every year,” she explained.

“We hold all the power with animals, and how we use that power shows who we are. Nothing gets my hackles up more than someone who is deliberately cruel to them,”  Cathy said. Living with her husband and four rescue dogs in New Canaan, CT, she also shelters 12 rescue horses and a rescue donkey in a barn. Not surprisingly, she sits on the board of The Humane Society of the United States.

Free The Shelters, one of  Cathy’s foundation programs, is an international campaign to unite homeless shelter animals and families by paying for adoption fees.  “Shelters have to charge these fees to offset the costs associated with the animals’ medical and food bills. But many people will say, ‘Why spend $200 for a shelter pet when I can buy a pet for $250?’ By removing that obstacle, we give shelters the chance to promote free adoption weekends,” Cathy explained.  “The first weekend we did, a year ago in Tampa Bay, FL, found homes for over 200 animals. Some had been languishing there for over two years.” Only eight to 12 animals will be adopted at this shelter on a normal weekend, Cathy said.

Giving Homes To Thousands Of  Shelter Animals

Three shelters are selected every month to participate in the Free The Shelters program. “We go where the greatest needs are,” Cathy explained, such as to a shelter in a city that’s been hard hit by a hurricane. “We’ve found homes for over 6,000 shelter animals in the last year.”

Fortunately, Cathy can promote her foundation’s work on the shopping network HSN, which has been selling her skin care brand for women over 50, Prai Beauty,  since its debut  in 1999. After being immersed in the beauty industry as a long-time Revlon employee, Cathy was annoyed when the big beauty giants hired “16-year-old models” to promote their  wrinkle cremes and firming lotions. She wanted to create an affordable luxury line which focused on the concerns of “the forgotten woman.”

The collection of about 50 Prai products includes Platinum Firm & Lift Serum and Eye Creme,24K Rose Gold Wrinkle Repair Night Butter, and Radiant Precious Oil Drops. But it’s Prai serums, cremes and concentrates for the throat, neck and decolletage areas that most set it apart from the proliferation of anti-aging brands on the market. “What woman hasn’t glanced down as she’s aging and suddenly thought, ‘OMG all those crinkles have popped up out of nowhere,’” Cathy said. “It’s such a vulnerable delicate area of skin where you get the vertical lines when you wake up, the tree trunk lines around the neck, the double chin and turkey wattle. It’s the area that shows the first telltale signs of aging.”

Saving Our Necks Too

The Prai AGELESS Throat & Decolletage Creme is the company’s number one seller worldwide. “We sell one jar every 60 seconds around the world,” Cathy said. “The complex of ingredients make the creme feel like no other on planet earth. Press your fingers against it and it springs up and down like a trampoline when you’re bouncing on it,” she added. “It’s made with a plant-derived, wrinkle-correcting agent  from France, called Sepilift, that firms, tightens and restores elasticity to the skin by stimulating the concentration of collagen fibers,” Cathy explained. “I call this smoothing and moisturizing creme Spanx for your neck and throat because it scoops all that nasty, jiggly stuff back up to where it used to be.”

One of Prai’s stunning models over 50

Prai Beauty is certified cruelty free by Leaping Bunny and Peta. “Leaping Bunny is the gold standard and is very difficult to get. We  feel very strongly about not testing on animals and we’re happy to make that higher standard,” Cathy stressed. Besides selling on HSN, Prai is available on QVC around the world and at all Marks and Spencer and Boots stores in the UK. “We use a 68-year-old model in our ads across the UK , so women can feel she’s just like them,” Cathy said. “When you get to be in your 50s, you’re successful, enjoying life, and doing things you want to do. You don’t want to be 20 again, but all the beauty ads for anti-aging products use young models. ‘Oh, that’s not me,’ you think.”   Prai also works with five models on its monthly HSN shows who are in their 50s through their 70s. “Our 75-year-old neck model is on every show. An 82-year-old applied to be a model, too,” Cathy noted.

Cathy originally wanted to be a barrister in England, but after working as a Revlon intern in the United States right out of college, she decided the law would be “way too boring.” So she accepted a permanent offer to work at the beauty giant in America, later became a citizen, and launched a successful career. Combining her love of animals with her love of beauty, Cathy donates a portion of each Prai Beauty sale to her animal rescue efforts. Now she’s saving thousands of cats and dogs, not to mention our necks!

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How Do I Love Thee?

Millions went around singing that “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” in 1955, but how splendored is your love in 2019? The survey is completely anonymous, but it’s sure going to be fascinating to see the results.

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