About dianeatwood

Hello! I'm Diane Atwood. For many years, I was the health reporter on WCSH6. Now I write Catching Health with Diane Atwood. I also produce and host Conversations About Aging, which is a Catching Health podcast. I love what I do and hope you will too.

Shelter in place in NYC

My nephew and his family live in New York City, where streets usually crowded with vehicles and people are now empty and quiet. They've been isolated at home for several weeks now, with no end in sight. Their usual routines don't work anymore, so together, they've built some new ones.

By |2020-04-01T11:41:18-04:00April 1st, 2020|Health News|1 Comment

COVID-19: Maine update 3/31/2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, including in Maine and the rest of the United States, the information we receive can sometimes be misleading and/or confusing. That's why it's important to get it from a trusted source. One of mine is Dr. Dora Anne Mills.

By |2020-03-31T09:22:45-04:00March 31st, 2020|Health News|2 Comments

Let’s do this

Words of wisdom from my husband Barry: Being resourceful, gathering and sharing information (from credible sources) and visualizing that inevitable time ahead when things will be better helps us to be resilient. Read what else he has to say about trying to make the best of a challenging situation.

By |2020-03-30T09:38:38-04:00March 30th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments

The luxury of unexpected time

We all have our own perspectives on the effects of COVID-19 on our lives. I am grateful to have this blog where I can share information and people's stories, including my own sometimes. This short story comes from Sister Miriam Therese Callnan.

By |2020-03-27T19:05:55-04:00March 27th, 2020|Health News|1 Comment

How are you holding up?

As we all try to grapple with being isolated, some people are doing better than others. It's a difficult time and one that Val Walker never anticipated when she wrote her book (out today) 400 Friends and No One to Call. We spoke on the phone recently and she shared how she came to write the book, as well as some wisdom about dealing with our current situation.

By |2020-03-26T13:42:02-04:00March 26th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments

COVID-19’s impact on a small business

The threat of COVID-19 has turned our world(s) upside down. People isolated at home, some working, some out of a job, some not well, many feeling overwhelmed and uncertain. Pete Smith's story is that the business he and his partner Gudrun worked so hard to build is now closed. But as you'll see, Pete's an optimist.

By |2020-03-24T12:14:09-04:00March 24th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments

COVID-19: Maine update 3/24/2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, including in Maine and the rest of the United States, the information we receive can sometimes be misleading and/or confusing. That's why it's important to get it from a trusted source. One of mine is Dr. Dora Anne Mills.

By |2020-03-24T09:49:01-04:00March 24th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments

Conversations About Aging: Wayne Newell, 77

Wayne Newell is a Passamaquoddy Indian Man who was born and raised on the Pleasant Point Indian Reservation in Maine. After getting a master's degree at Harvard he and his family made their home on the nearby Indian Township Reservation, where he taught until his retirement in 2012. Although struggling with health issues, Wayne's mind and spirit are going strong. I hope you enjoy and will learn from our conversation. I did.

By |2020-03-24T11:44:03-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Conversations About Aging Podcast|0 Comments

COVID-19: Maine update 3/17/2020

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world, including in Maine and the rest of the United States, the information we receive can sometimes be misleading and/or confusing. That's why it's important to get it from a trusted source. One of mine is Dr. Dora Anne Mills.

By |2020-03-17T08:30:18-04:00March 17th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments

Bright Side March 14, 2020

Having trouble sleeping lately? I am. Seems all I can think about is COVID-19. I feel caught between wanting to learn as much as I can and wanting to turn everything off. But I received a few unexpected gifts today that brightened up my attitude. I'd like to share them with you.

By |2020-03-14T19:46:31-04:00March 14th, 2020|Health News|2 Comments

COVID-19 and another way to say I love you

All across the country and here in Maine, events are being canceled or postponed, people are being encouraged to stay home, when possible, they are working from home, classes are being offered online. The list grows minute by minute. Alongside these measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 is the risk that some people will feel disconnected from their loved ones. One example, those who live in long-term care facilities and nursing homes that are now closed to visitors.

By |2020-03-13T16:18:51-04:00March 13th, 2020|Health News|2 Comments

Trevor Maxwell mans up to cancer

The story of a man whose life took a dark turn when he learned he had Stage IV colorectal cancer. Because of the love and support of his family he was able to pull himself out of that dark place. The key was realizing that he couldn't do it alone. Now he is providing support to other men with cancer.

By |2020-03-17T22:57:30-04:00March 13th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments

COVID-19: Maine update

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the world and in the United States, the information we receive can sometimes be misleading and/or confusing. That's why it's important to get it from a trusted source. One of mine is Dr. Dora Anne Mills.

By |2020-03-11T08:15:50-04:00March 10th, 2020|Health News|0 Comments