No matter how hard we try to stay fit, eat right, and do everything that we know is great for our health, we’re all bound to experience some sort of medical condition at some point in our lives. No one is perfect; some of us have conditions that we’ve been managing since birth, others have more recent issues that we’re still learning about — and everything in between. At CDPHP, we have resources that address topics ranging from the common cold and flu to cancer and diabetes.
Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with an illness, or you’re managing one that you’ve had for a long time, or if you are pregnant, quitting smoking, or dealing with a mental health and substance abuse issue, we want to help you find the resources you need. Here, we’ll talk about ongoing changes in the medical community that might affect how you handle one of these conditions, along with where you can go for additional information or in-person help. Of course, we’ll discuss the questions that are top of mind, and we’ll feature articles written by providers who are experts in these fields.
Our goal at CDPHP is to keep you healthy; that could mean fitness and nutrition, banishing a smoking habit, exploring options to deal with mental health conditions, or giving you tools to be successful in managing a disease. Your health is our priority.
The nurses drawing my newborn son’s blood would often ask me this question, probably to distract me from the pain-filled cries that were tearing me up inside. No, Griffin is not my first child, but he is the first to have complex health issues at birth.
I was probably eight years old when I experienced my first migraine headache. It was a frightening combination of symptoms: extreme sensitivity to light and a visual field that was almost completely overtaken by large black spots (called an aura), followed by one-sided, intensely throbbing and unrelenting head pain, sometimes accompanied by nausea. Over-the-counter medications didn’t touch the pain, though the visual aura usually subsided within about half an hour. continue reading →
Cancer can be a difficult subject to discuss, and no form of cancer causes more conversational discomfort than colorectal cancer – largely because the screening is often viewed as invasive, uncomfortable, and too overwhelming to consider. continue reading →
If you’ve recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), you’re likely experiencing a range of emotions, including anger, disbelief, frustration, helplessness, depression, bewilderment, and fear. These are entirely normal reactions, and you are certainly not alone, as approximately 400,000 people in the United States, and 2.5 million worldwide, have MS. The key to adapting to your new reality – your “new normal” – and living well is to educate yourself about the disease and avail yourself of the treatment options for modifying its course and managing symptoms. MS is a chronic disease, so until a cure is found, you will have it, but you don’t have to let the disease “have” you. continue reading →