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Ovarian Cancer – The Silent Killer

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society, about 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and 14,000 will die of the disease? Ovarian cancer has a higher mortality rate than many other cancers because it has very few physical symptoms, which makes it challenging to detect in its early stages. Currently, there are no screening tests that are approved for ovarian cancer detection for women at conventional risk for the disease.

Recognize the signs/symptoms of ovarian cancer

  • Bloating/increase in abdominal size
  • Pelvic/abdominal pain
  • Frequently urinating/bladder changes
  • If these symptoms persist for two or more weeks, consult your physician. He or she will likely recommend a pelvic exam. If a mass is detected upon examination, your physician will be more likely to order a blood test called a C125. If your C125 level is abnormal, then an imaging ultrasound or a CT scan of the pelvic may be ordered. When someone is diagnosed with ovarian cancer, usually surgery and chemotherapy are the next steps.

    Surgical options may include:

  • Abdominal exploration
  • Total abdominal hysterectomy
  • Bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
  • Bilateral pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy
  • Omentectomy
  • Depending on the stage of the disease, surgical options may also require small or large bowel resection, splenectomy, peritoneal stripping, diaphragm resection, appendectomy, intraperitoneal port placement, or more.

    Generally, surgery will be followed by chemotherapy, typically starting within 3 to 4 weeks and continuing for as much as 18 weeks to make sure all of the cancer cells have been killed.

    If you have any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

    More information on ovarian cancer can be found on the Mayo Clinic website.

    Laura
    Microfilm Indexer

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    Make Time to Laugh It Up at Work!

    Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

    Laughter in the work place makes me feel good. Laughter helps me keep a positive attitude throughout the day. I found this blog I would like to share because I live by this every day.

    According to a blog found on www.blog.gcsagents.com, laughter is an effective weapon to use in the workplace. Of course it is our responsibility to take our jobs and work seriously, but it is healthy to incorporate laughter and joy into your daily routine.

    According to the blog, laughter and friendly environments tend to make the workplace much more pleasant. Laughter tends to make us want to come to work and be around our peers.

    I can honestly say that laughter keeps me humble and in touch with reality. Things that may have seemed stressful to me at the time are not so stressful when you just add a little laughter.

    If you would like to read more about this topic, visit http://gcsagents.com/the-benefits-of-laughter-in-the-workplace.

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    Know the Signs of Dyslexia

    Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

    Did you know that one in five students, or 15-20% of the population, have a language-based learning disability with dyslexia being the most common? Significant numbers of students with dyslexia go undiagnosed and their symptoms unaddressed.

    Dyslexia is sort of an invisible problem. It’s not an illness like chicken pox or a cold. Because dyslexia affects some people more severely than others, your child’s symptoms may look different from those in another child.

    Some kids with dyslexia have trouble with reading and spelling. Others may struggle to write or to tell left from right. Some children don’t seem to struggle with early reading and writing. But later on, they have trouble with complex language skills, such as grammar, reading comprehension, and more in-depth writing.

    Dyslexia can also make it difficult for people to express themselves clearly. It can be hard for them to structure their thoughts during conversation. They may have trouble finding the right words to say.
    Others struggle to understand what they’re hearing. This is especially true when someone uses nonliteral language such as jokes and sarcasm.

    The signs you see may also look different at various ages. Some of the warning signs for dyslexia, such as a speech delay, appear before a child reaches kindergarten. More often, though, dyslexia is identified in grade school. As schoolwork gets more demanding, trouble processing language becomes more apparent. Many children have one or two of these issues on occasion. But kids with dyslexia have several of these issues, and they don’t go away.

    Dyslexia doesn’t just affect reading and writing. Children with dyslexia often struggle with social skills, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, navigation skills, and time management.

    Dyslexia is neurologically based and often hereditary. Because the source of dyslexia lies in the brain, children do not outgrow dyslexia.

    Early intervention to address reading problems is important. Parents must understand that children with dyslexia can learn normally, but probably need to learn in different ways than children without the condition.

    Testing and screening for dyslexia are available and are very important. Without proper diagnosis and instruction, dyslexia can lead to frustration, school failure, and low self-esteem.

    With the proper intervention, children with dyslexia can learn to read well. As adults, people with dyslexia can be successful in many different careers, although many adults with dyslexia continue to have difficulty with spelling and tend to read relatively slowly.

    Robin
    Customer Service Representative – Life

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    Couch to 5K—Are You Ready?

    Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

    With summer just around the corner, how would you like to get in shape and feel better about yourself? There are many activities that can help you achieve this goal, but I personally like the Couch to 5K beginners running program.

    This program is for all types of people, whether you are already active or you are just getting started, and it does not require any expensive gym equipment.

    Running has many benefits and is a great way to improve your overall health. It is known to lift your mood, raise your levels of good cholesterol, reduce the risk of having a stroke, and boost your confidence, and it’s an effective way to burn off extra calories.

    To get started, you will need to set a goal. The best way is to register for a 5K race, but make sure to give yourself enough time to train, usually several months.

    Next, you can either print out a schedule or you can download the Couch to 5K application on your phone or other device. There are many different versions available. Below is a sample of one of the programs.

    Make sure you have a good pair of running shoes and comfortable clothing.

    The Couch to 5K program eases you into jogging more and more as time progresses without overdoing it. It is flexible in case you want to slow it down and or repeat a week or two if you find yourself struggling. For extra motivation, you can reward yourself for completing workouts or even invite a friend to do the program with you. A change in the scenery is also helpful.

    I hope you will consider this program. It is suitable for everyone, as long as your physician allows. After just a couple weeks, you will feel stronger and healthier. After approximately 10 weeks, you will be able to jog for 30 minutes! Good luck!

    Andrea
    Life Claim Analyst

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    Save Even More With the Walmart App

    Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

    So have you heard about the Walmart app that can help make your shopping experience more profitable and rewarding? The app is called the Savings Catcher. It is Android- and iOS-compatible. If you do not have a smartphone, you can go to www.walmart.com and click on Savings Catcher to enroll.

    What Is Savings Catcher?

    Savings Catcher is a program that compares prices on eligible items you purchase from Walmart with local competitors in your area and allows you to collect the difference in prices in two different ways.

    1. Walmart Rewards eGift Card (example: My totals show I have $50.00 saved, and I want to use this card. I would have exactly $50.00 to spend at Walmart.)
    2. Bluebird by American Express Card (example: If I have saved $50.00 in receipt purchases and I choose this card, I would have $100.00 to spend. This card is currently matching your savings.)

    The amounts credited to the card of your choice can be used for purchases exclusively at Walmart or online at www.walmart.com.

    How Does It Work?

    Your receipt(s) can be submitted in two different ways:

    1. Enter the receipt number (TC number) located at the bottom of the Walmart receipt at www.savingscatcher.walmart.com or in the Walmart Android or iOS app.
    2. Or, you can scan the code at the bottom of the receipt by using the scanner in the Savings Catcher section of the Walmart app.

    There is no minimum amount in purchases to participate. Eligible receipts need to be submitted within 7 days or less of receipt date. Savings Catcher can take up to 72 hours to compare prices on a submitted receipt(s). Additional information regarding this app or the Savings Catcher program can be found at https://savingscatcher.walmart.com/faq.

    This app is very easy to use and very rewarding, not to mention the amount of money you can earn toward food and products of your choice.

    Start shopping and start saving!

    Teresa
    Data Processor

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    Enjoy the Spring Weather!

    Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

    As the winter blues come to an end, it’s time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. It seems like an eternity since we were able to be outdoors for an extended period of time without being bundled up like we were on an Arctic adventure is finally coming to an end.

    We all have that “itch” to get out and enjoy the first blast of warmth that Mother Nature is providing us, whether it’s getting out and picking up all the sticks that the snow/ice/wind brought down or just taking a stroll through the neighborhood and seeing the neighbors because it seems like a lifetime since you’ve seen them outdoors.

    There are many options to enjoy the warmth of springtime. You can enjoy the small things such as just driving with the windows down, taking in the fresh air, or taking a weekend getaway. One of my personal favorites is to enjoy the fresh air and do a little hiking. There are several state parks that are only a short drive away for a weekend day getaway. One such park is Matthiessen State Park in Utica, Illinois. It’s not as well-known as its state park neighbor about 5 miles away, Starved Rock State Park, but it is more “intense” hiking than Starved Rock. At Matthiessen, you get to cross the water flowing down the hillside, and a couple wrong steps could give you wet feet for the day (bringing dry socks/shoes is suggested). Starved Rock has more walkway trails and a few paved trails that are good if you’re just looking to walk around and enjoy the outdoors. Beware of the long staircases; they can take the wind right out of you!

    No matter what you enjoy doing once the thermometer gets into the 40s and 50s, it’s important to get outside and enjoy it because before you know it, we’ll be baking in the summer heat!

    Curt
    Claim Analyst

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