November 22, 2017 - Wednesday

Breast Cancer Awareness, Unplugged

Breast Cancer Awareness,

Why the ongoing conversation about the disease matters 365 days a year—and why maintaining overall health and awareness reduces your risk. Let’s be frank. Chances are you, a loved one, a colleague or a Facebook friend is facing breast cancer. Maybe you’re on the other side of it and have transitioned from treatment to recovery and survivorship. Perhaps you’re grieving …

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The Power of Pet Therapy

The Power of Pet Therapy

When Pippin prances into MidAmerica Rehabilitation Hospital, it’s hard not to notice and immediately break into a smile. Standing about 34 inches tall and wearing little shoes, Pippin is a miniature horse, and his calm and gentle demeanor – as well as cuteness – is providing patients at the hospital with a kind of therapy that only the four-legged variety …

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How to Address Hair Loss After Breast Cancer Treatment

How to Address Hair Loss After Breast Cancer Treatment

By Meena Singh, MD Unfortunately, breast cancer is not an uncommon condition. Most Americans know someone that has been affected by this malignancy. In the United States, 1 in every 8 women will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. Over 220,000 women are diagnosed every year and it is the second leading cause of death. Fortunately, due to early …

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Join Us at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event

Join Us at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event

While significant progress in the fight against breast cancer has been made, more needs to be done. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in women and is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. According to the American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2017, an estimated 252,710 women in the United …

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Breast Cancer Survivor: Jennifer Bishop – My Journey to Cancer Free

Breast Cancer Survivor: Jennifer Bishop

I like to call Dr. Christie Brock my “Life Saver,” the physician who surgically removed the cancer from my breast and also quickly treated my post-operative collapsed lung, literally saved my life. During a weekend getaway in 2015 over the July 4th holiday, while receiving a tight hug from my husband, we noticed a lump on the side of my …

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Know the Facts About CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

Know the Facts About CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE

What is Congestive Heart Failure? When you have CHF, your heart is weakened, resulting in a backup of blood in the heart. This forces the fluid in the blood into the lungs, causing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Fluid can also back up into feet, ankles or abdomen, causing swelling (edema) of those areas. FACT: Congestive heart failure (CHF) …

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RESEARCH ON THE RUN

RESEARCH ON THE RUN

A Winning Partnership between KU Cancer Center and OVERRUN Ovarian Cancer Foundation “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Just ask Jeff Hirst and Rebecca Wates, both PhD researchers at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Along with Andrew Godwin (Director, …

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Bringing Up Boys

Bringing Up Boys

By Nancy Jergins and Dana Hall McCain Boys need to remember one thing most of all when it comes to their feelings, especially anger: they always have a choice for how to respond, so says author and pediatrician Meg Meeker. I hear her loud and clear on this because I have a boy on the cusp of puberty (hello, testosterone)—the …

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The Benefits of Juice Cleanses

The Benefits of Juice Cleanses

By Karina Hammer, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach I recently completed a 27 day juice cleanse sponsored by Juice Bar. I lost weight, had more energy, my thoughts were clearer, and reset my cravings. Here are some of the many benefits of doing a juice cleanse: • Rest the stomach – Juices require less energy to digest. Remember to gently chew …

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Humor and Cancer

Dear Humor Coach, Q. I was just diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I am nervous and scared. It is difficult to imagine, but how is humor even possible? – Cindi A. Cindi, I completely understand. It’s not funny that you have cancer. Humor and laughter are used as a way to navigate through the nervousness and fear. Here is an example …

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Bringing Health & Wellness to the Community

The Health & Wellmobile WANTS YOUR BUSINESS!

By Elizabeth Kelley The Kansas City Health & Wellmobile is a massive consumer health education and wellness screening program designed to promote healthier living among local community residents while providing an opportunity for consumers to receive basic health screenings and services where they work, live and play. Our goal is to promote overall health and wellness; to motivate consumers to …

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Cyberbullying and Your Kids

Cyberbullying and Your Kids

By Kenna Lewis, Social Centric Media With the new age of technology, bullying is no longer limited to schoolyards or street corners. It can occur almost anywhere and at any time via email, texts, cell phones, and social media sites 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it is on the rise among school aged children. Some facts …

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Servant Leadership Proverbs for Today’s Leaders

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) If you look up the term “servant leadership” online, you will find that the phrase was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay he first published in 1970. Yes, he may have coined the term, but the concept itself dates back to Christ, the greatest servant leader who ever lived. Today, the Greenleaf Institute states, “Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.” I would wholeheartedly agree, but a better definition of servant leadership is found in Mark 9:35. In this chapter, Jesus sits down his disciples to do a leadership intervention because they were arguing among themselves about who would be the greatest when Christ established His kingdom. Jesus summed up servant leadership in a short phrase, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). In Mark 10:42-45, He expands on that by saying, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” If the Son of God was a servant leader, shouldn’t we aspire to be one as well? Servant leaders are servants first and leaders second. It would be more accurate to call them “leader servants.” Their main focus is serving others, not on the accumulation of power, prestige or wealth. They want to help those they lead to become all God designed them to be by helping them to reach their full potential. Their goal is not to build an empire but to build the people they influence—their staff, their customers and their communities. I was “infected” by the example of Dr. Ernie Steury, a humble missionary physician who faithfully modeled servant leadership to me as we served at a small bush hospital he started in rural Kenya in 1959. He was so contagious that I had the overwhelming desire to be just like him after spending only a few weeks following him around as a college student one summer. After finishing medical school and residency, I joined Ernie as a missionary physician in 1981. His impact on my life was profound as he invested in me for 11 years. He stretched me constantly and gave me ever-increasing responsibilities and authority, essentially providing a “lab” for me to practice what he modeled. He advised, encouraged and challenged me to new heights every day. Four years after I arrived, he put me in charge of the hospital when he traveled back to the United States for a year furlough. As I continue striving to be a servant and build others, I know I’m the leader I am today because of his investment in my life. Though organizational success is not the primary goal of a servant leader, it is its byproduct, because you get the best effort and results out of those you lead. I’ve experienced this. As the Chief Executive Officer of Christian Medical & Dental Associations, I was surprised when we were selected as the “Best Christian Workplace” in the U.S. by Christianity Today and the Christian Leadership Alliance. I was amazed, because we had gone from a struggling small organization that almost imploded due to a huge crisis my first year to an admired major player in the non-profit sector eight years later. I credit that to my senior staff’s efforts to be servant leaders. Though many people are attracted to the concept of being a servant leader in their homes, workplace and community, they don’t know how to do it or even where to begin. Old habits and ways of leading are hard to break. That’s why Bert Jones and I wrote Servant Leadership: Proverbs for Today’s Leaders. Using pithy and succinct proverbs, we teach you how to become the servant leader you desire to be. If you are already a servant leader, we will help you to further improve “your serve” because you should never be satisfied with where you are on your journey. To purchase your copy of Servant Leadership, visit www.cmda.org/servantleadership. Personalized embossing with name or company logo and discounted orders on 10 or more is also available. To purchase the e-book version, visit www.cmda.org/amazon. “I love this new book. Wisdom flows throughout the hundreds of uplifting, thought provoking sayings. Let the wisdom of this book help you become the leader God is calling you to be. Every Christian leader should have this book on his or her desk.” —Frank Lofaro President, Prison Fellowship International “Pointed, pithy and powerful. I find David Stevens’ and Bert Jones’ writing on point. I move from conviction to affirmation and motivation. I pray often to be the slave of God. These proverbs actualize that prayer.” —Dr. John Neihof President of Wesley Biblical Seminary

By David Stevens, MD, MA (Ethics) If you look up the term “servant leadership” online, you will find that the phrase was coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay he first published in 1970. Yes, he may have coined the term, but the concept itself dates back to Christ, the greatest servant leader who ever …

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