Raising Awareness Of Pancreatic Cancer

I don’t know about you but cancer has hit my family and friends multiple times over. I’ve lost family members to the disease yet also had family members survive and go into remission. Steve has had family suffering from the disease and we have also had friends suffer – some who sadly did not survive and some who are currently in remission. We’ve even ran to raise money for cancer charities in the past.

It is a dreadful disease and whilst everyone is aware of cancer, how many of us can say we know exactly what type of cancers there are out there? We all know breast, prostate etc but there are some rare ones out there too. One that isn’t rare but is still not as talked about is pancreatic cancer but from what I’ve read recently, the numbers of people being diagnosed with it is growing increasingly.

Pancreatic cancer can can affect the oesophagus, stomach and the duodenum (small intestine), pancreas, liver and the biliary. The patient’s treatment is dependent on the type cancer and how advance the cancer is including the age of the patient and their general health.

What I find truly devastating about this particular type of cancer is that it often doesn’t cause any signs or symptoms in the early stages which make it incredibly difficult to diagnose early – as it grows, it may start to cause symptoms. Symptoms can include: abdominal and back pain, indigestion, unexplained weight loss, loss of appetite, changes to bowel habits and feeling and being sick among others. However, these symptoms could also perhaps be caused by something else entirely, something more common and even if you actually have pancreatic cancer, you may not have all the above symptoms. Regardless, if you are having some of these symptoms, a trip to the GP should be in order – it is better to go and find out it is nothing than to not go and it be something.

With it being so hard to diagnose, the disease is still considered to be largely incurable – although survival rates do increase from decade to decade however it seems more and more people seem to be being diagnosed with it. Research found that for all stages of the cancer combined, 20% is the one year relative survival rate with 7% being the five year survival rate. Shocking, right?

Pancreatic cancer hasn’t ripped through my family or friends yet and I hope it never does – but I think it is so important to be aware of the signs. I’ve found out a lot more these past few weeks as I have looked into it, did you know much about it?

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How Mature Women Can Get Into Shape At Home

Raising a family, going to work full-time, coming home to do the chores and many other things is part and parcel of being a parent. Doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, these things make up the modern way of life for both parents. Plenty is known about men’s fitness and how they can stay in shape. However, women’s fitness has only recently came into the forefront of popular culture. There always used to be an aerobics instructor on television in the late 80s and 90s but, this was only followed a small group of women. Nowadays, fitness for women has become one of the largest sectors in the fitness industry and perhaps has even eclipsed men’s fitness. So many women of all ages can now find their own perfect workout routine, that they can include into their lifestyle. The great thing is, the techniques and various workout styles have evolved and came into being that don’t require you to leave your own home to perform them. First things first, you need to make an area for yourself.

Find and create a space

Doesn’t matter where it is in the house, just create a place where you can workout in private. This could be in the bedroom, the garage or even outside in the garden. This place that you carve out of the home and call your own for an hour or so, should be spacious to the point that you feel comfortable doing all kinds of workouts. Things like push ups, sit ups, lunges, and different kinds of yoga and aerobics routines should not be impeded by a lack of room. The floor itself must be comfortable as you will be using the floor as a platform to help you during your workouts. Therefore you might not want to do this in your garage or garden where there is a hard surface. On the other hand, these places are viable as long as you buy a mat or something that will be flat and cushion your weight evenly.



Basic equipment essentials

For workouts at home, you need some very basic apparatus that will help you get the best out of yourself. Firstly, buy a yoga mat. This mat will be incredibly versatile and can be used for more than just yoga. The reason why this kind of mat is great for yoga is that it blunts the bodyweight when you’re unevenly balanced. For example, if a yoga pose requires you to be balanced on one knee, then the mat will spread your weight deep and evenly through the mat, while also not squishing or becoming too soft. This means you have traction and grip, helping you to keep your balance. On the other hand, the yoga mat is great for using as a surface to do push ups and sit ups on.

Dumbbells are another basic equipment that you should buy. Newer products designed for women can come in adjustable weights for the same dumbbells. For example, you can take the weight plates off and adjust the weight for each dumbbell to your liking. These take up less space and they are cheaper than buying different weight amounts per each dumbbell. Since they are designed for the upper body, they are versatile for different workouts. You might have strong with bicep curls but not have as much strength for shoulder presses. This is when the adjustable weights come in handy.

Resistance bands are another useful and versatile equipment. They can be used for any limb exercises such as legs, arms and even the neck. To use the bands doesn’t require a lot of room either, as they depend on your full range of movement or rather your space to move at your full range.

Follow a fitness professional

Now that you’re ready to workout and get into shape from the confines of your own home, it’s time to find out what are the latest exercises you can do. Obviously you’re not as young as you once were, so doing highly intense workouts is out of the questions; at least for the time being. Social media has become a great outlet for those that are professional fitness icons and want to motivate other people to also get into shape.

There are so many Fitness instagram to follow in 2019 but finding the right one for you is something you will need to discover. Some are personal trainers that upload parts of their workouts on the website, others will be more focused on various sports, and others will help you with different kinds of diet plans, fitness equipment and clothing. The key is to find someone that is going to be focus on your specific age group. If you are in your 30s your workouts won’t entirely be the same as for someone who is in their 40s. The same goes for anyone in their 50s and over, your workouts will be less intense and geared more toward things like joint health rather than muscle growth and toning.



Maximize your time

You still have tasks to do around the house and working, so when can or should you workout? Many people trying to get fit will get up early to do their workouts but the older you get, the more sleep becomes valuable to your health. So, you should workout when you can workout in the day but still keep your full schedule. This could be when you have come home from work, or perhaps just before dinner. The weekends are the most popular for mature women to get their workouts in as you simply have more time on your hands. Needless to say, maximizing the time you have to yourself each day will determine how much progress you make toward your fitness goals.

The first thing you can do to get started with your home workout routine is buy basic equipment. A yoga mat is by far the most versatile purchase you can make, but others like dumbbells and tension bands are great too. Find or create some space in your home where you can be left alone to workout and concentrate. Follow some fitness icons that make routines for people in your age group to help keep your enthusiastic.


How to Cope with Postnatal Depression

You’d think that coming home from the maternity ward with that sweet-smelling bundle in your arms would mean from now on everything is going to be sweetness and light. Unfortunately, for thousands of women, coming home after giving birth can be very stressful and emotional. Things are bound to be a little bit difficult as your body has gone through some amazing changes, you may have experienced traumatic labour and to top it all your life is never going to be the same again. Feeling low and exhausted are only natural, but it’s when these feelings continue for weeks and even months that you need to speak to your GP or health professional and get the right kind of treatment and support.

How You Might be Feeling

Talking to a professional about your feelings can be difficult. You’re a new parent, so you should be feeling on top of the world, right? Postnatal depression brings about a range of different feelings. You could be feeling pressure to be happy and excited, or that you have to be the world’s most perfect mum. You might be worried you’re a bad parent or that your baby will be taken away from you if you let people know how you’re really feeling. Asking for help is important, especially if you’ve slipped into using drugs or alcohol. You might need to consider drug rehab if this is the case.

How to Help Yourself Get Over Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression happens to as many as one in seven new mums. Sadly, it is a condition that is often ignored or missed. Medication can be used, but there are many more things you can do yourself to help you manage the condition. For a start, you need to look after yourself, be compassionate to yourself and think what you would do if your best friend was feeling the same.

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You wouldn’t leave them to deal with it all on their own. Instead, you would offer support and understanding. When you first come home with your new addition to the family, it can be difficult to get the right amount of rest, and when you do drift off to sleep, that little bundle seems to wake up and require your attention. Rather than trying to stick to your normal sleeping pattern, sleep when your baby sleeps and forget about the dishes that need washing or the pile of ironing waiting in the corner.

Part of taking care of yourself has to include eating regularly and healthily. It’s even more important if you’re breastfeeding as you need to keep your energy levels up. A healthy balanced diet includes lots of fruit and vegetables.

Exercise is something else that is going to boost your mood. We’re not suggesting a marathon or hiking up a mountain. Swimming or regular walking improves motivation and boosts your mood. If you want to give your social life a boost at the same time, see if there are any mother and baby exercise classes nearby.  

Relaxing is something that will help banish those baby blues. It’s also important for you to find something you enjoy doing that doesn’t involve your baby.

Life with a new baby can be very different from the life you enjoyed just a few weeks ago. It doesn’t have to be as traumatic as you think if you take the time to look after yourself and embrace the changes.


What You Need To Know About Getting Dental Implants

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry and dental implants, there are so many different options for what you can have done, depending on your requirements. Some people go years, maybe their whole life, without needing any major work done but the likelihood is that most of us in our lifetime will need some form of major dentistry work done at some point.

Something that people consider is dental implants. People often choose implants when they are fed up of breakable acrylic dentures or loose dentures. Sometimes they just want to replace missing teeth. They want the option of being able to eat what they want and smile without worrying about dentures – and why wouldn’t you want the perfect smile?

Dental implants can act like a tooth root, anchored into the jaw bone. Should you be considering them, dental implants Belfast is something to check out. Based in Northern Ireland, of course, they are highly skilled professionals and well adept to creating your perfect smile. However even if you aren’t based in Northern Ireland, they can find a treatment plan for you – they can find one for you that not only factors in your treatment but also factors in accommodation and travel costs so you can go over and have the work done, safe in the knowledge that you are in the hands of consummate professionals.

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But what is the general procedure for getting dental implants done?

First of all, you will be given a thorough assessment to assess your suitability for dental implants. A CT bone density scan is carried out which will measure the density, width and depth of your jawbone. You will then be given a further X-ray review to check everything is okay before signing the consent to treatment form. Worried about the pain of the treatment? Anaesthetic and sedation solutions are available so make sure to discuss this beforehand. You will wake up about an hour or so later with your implants already in – a bridge will be fitted to the implants a few hours later and then the treatment is complete – within a day or so, you should be able to go around your day to day activities.

Wondering when your stitches will be removed? This will be after approximately 10 to 14 days which is when you can start to eat soft solid foods. Eight weeks after the treatment, you should be able to eat normally. Then, three to four months later, impressions are taken to begin making your final bridge. As always, you’ll need to ensure you attend your biannual check ups to make sure they’re the best they can be.

Whilst getting dental implants is a big life decision and not one to be made lightly, it is important to remember the high success rates and happiness rating of those who have had the procedure done. So many people talk about being able to eat normally again, about being able to smile without feeling self conscious, about not seeing those missing teeth every time they look in the mirror.

The procedure is relatively pain free and within just a few months, you will finally have the perfect smile you have been dreaming of for so long – why wouldn’t you consider it? 

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How to Keep Your Spirits Up Following an Injury

There are lots of things you can do following an injury to keep your mind active and focused. Think about all those things you’ve meant to do for ages and never got around to for one reason or another. Organizing your finances, de-cluttering your closet or writing to old friends are just a few suggestions. Depending on your injury, you may be forced to adopt a sedentary lifestyle for a while. For those who are normally very active, this can be very hard to deal with. As well as being less mobile, you’re also going to be less socially active and will find yourself sitting home alone for many hours. To help you stay focused and feel positive, here are some tips that will help.

Give yourself time to recover

The recovery process can be very long and painful, depending on your type of injury. It’s important to stay positive, and give yourself time to recover. If you find yourself needing assistance in getting around, don’t rush your recovery process as this won’t do you any favors. The use of manual wheelchairs can aid your recovery process and take the pressure off your injury whilst still enabling you to be independently mobile. Sourcing a manual wheelchair or lightweight wheelchair that is suitable and comfortable is worth doing, so that you aid the recovery process as much as possible. An injury specialist will be able to advise how long you should use this for.

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Discover New Interests

Aside from the few suggestions mentioned above, you might want to spend your recovery period engaging in new pursuits. For example, you could choose to write a book, paint some pictures, take up knitting or learn how to sew. Take a look at all the online courses available and pick one. There’s nothing wrong with expanding your mind when you’re laid up on the couch. After all, keeping your mind active is just as important as healing your body.

Connect with Others in Similar Situations

Everyone recovers from an injury in different ways. To help yourself keep on track and stay positive about your own recovery, it may help to get in touch with someone who knows what you’re going through. You may be going to physical therapy sessions or attending a support group. When you are there, ask around and talk to others because they will be able to keep you motivated. It will also be someone who will hold you accountable for your recovery.

Stay Healthy

Keeping active and staying healthy are both vital for a swift recovery, which means enjoying a healthy, balanced diet and exercising whenever possible. You don’t need to be thinking about running a marathon. However, being outside in the fresh air is bound to be beneficial. Many people with leg injuries have looked for a knee scooter for sale and been amazed at the difference it made to their mobility.

Suffering an injury is never going to be seen as a good thing. However, there are aspects that can significantly change your life. People often use this time to reflect on their life and decide to take a completely different direction when recovered. Recovery can be physically and mentally draining, so you need to make every effort to keep active and productive. There are several ways you can do so; the tips given above are just the tip of the iceberg.