- Why did I get breast cancer ?
- Is there anything other than a mammogram that could have caught it sooner?
It's been a hard month for my family since my mother died a few weeks ago, on September 6, 2016. She left behind a passel of grievers. Me and my seven brothers and sisters, 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. We all still need comforting and also to comfort each other.
At 90, Mom had outlived my dad, her siblings and most of her cousins and peers. But a few are still here and before and after the funeral they regaled us with lovely memories — of my mother as a girl, a teenager, a bride and a young mother. Hearing the stories brought me great comfort. I didn’t listen and think, “My, this is comforting.” I simply felt close to the storytellers and to my mother. Read the Rest »
Here are some simple tips and strategies for handling and storing food from Eileen Molloy M.S, RD/ LD, C.D.E., courtesy of the Maine Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. We want the fun to keep going on before and after your picnic, barbecue, or camping trip. Read the Rest »
My mother died last week. Tuesday, September 6 at 5:16 in the morning. I was there, hand resting on her chest. I needed to feel her last breath, her final heartbeat. Three of my sisters and one of my nieces were also there, holding her hands and gently running their fingers through her hair, which she always loved. Read the Rest »
During a routine checkup about 10 years ago, my mother’s doctor picked up a heart murmur. He sent her to a heart specialist who ordered some tests, including an ultrasound. The diagnosis was aortic stenosis. Read the Rest »
It was an exciting day for Raymond Doyon. Encouraged by his friend Leo Glaude, he decided to try his hand at tennis. This was a big deal because ever since he became paralyzed in an accident 20 years ago, Ray says he’s spent way too much time watching TV and feeling depressed. "My wife works and I was home alone," he says. "It's not a life. Many times I remember I wanted to die." Read the Rest »
Earl and Judy Cutter first met in Paris, France. They both lived in the small Maine town of Westbrook but didn’t know each other. Earl had recently started teaching French and Latin at the local high school and had organized a class trip to Paris. Read the Rest »
Thriving after cancer. One woman shares her recipe for a healthier lifestyle and for sesame swiss chard
Guest post by Mary Moskowitz, an integrative health and cancer coach at Mainely Health and Nutrition.
The diagnosisA cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event not only for you but your family and friends as well. Hearing the “C” word from your doctor is frightening, to say the least! In 2007, while shopping at my local grocery store, I received a call from my family doctor informing me that I had infiltrating ductal carcinoma (breast cancer) and that I would be getting a call the next morning from the cancer center to explain what this meant. My first thought was that she had the wrong person! I had always considered myself to be healthy. I exercised regularly, never had a weight problem and ate fairly well. So what gives? Read the Rest »
How composting stirred up happy memories for some people who struggle to remember what happened yesterday
The other day I asked my mother if she remembered composting when she was growing up.
I was curious because Avita of Stroudwater, the memory care facility she now calls home, recently started composting all of its food (and paper products) waste. Jamie Bell, the dining director, told me that he thought a lot of residents probably had gardens and composted when they were younger, although they may not have called it composting. Read the Rest »
- There are two kinds of blueberries: Wild and cultivated.
- Wild or low bush blueberries are native to North America and have grown naturally for thousands of years. The bushes are low to the ground and spread from underground runners or rhizomes. They’re harvested with special wild blueberry rakes.
- Cultivated blueberries grow on high bushes that have to be planted. They can grow as tall as 12 feet. The berries tend to be bigger than wild blueberries and are picked, not raked. The first crop of cultivated blueberries was harvested in 1916. It was developed by Elizabeth White, a New Jersey farmer’s daughter and Frederick Colville, a botanist with the US Department of Agriculture.
- The United States produces more blueberries (both kinds) than any other country in the world.
- Michigan produces the most cultivated blueberries
- Maine produces the most wild blueberries.
I love basil! The look of it. The smell of it. The taste of it. I especially love that we're growing it in our garden. Every night I'm out there snipping off leaves so I can add some to whatever I'm making. Salad, pizza, pasta. Read the Rest »