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P16 THROAT CANCER MAKES TONGUES WAG AROUND THE WORLD

It’s taboo, too personal, off limits. I heard about P16 Cancer the hard way: I got it. How does it get you? It’s taboo, too personal, off limits. Okay, I’m a blogger not a foundation writer dancing around the topic. One way of contracting P16 throat cancer is through oral sex with an infected partner. […]

CANCER IN THE CANCER CLOSET: GROWING TREND

  “The first time we got cancer we told everybody. We gathered the team and cheered.” It’s a good idea to rally the troops, focus the force. Then cancer-time sets in. One day. The next. Weeks. Months. “How do you feel?” “Are you feeling better?” “You must be exhausted. Are you exhausted?” You don’t want […]

GET A JUMP START ON GLOBAL WARMING IN THE ARIZONA DESERT

The Arizona desert feels like the future of global warming. I’m not complaining about one hundred ten degree days, and neither is the cactus. But how much hotter would it get if global warming trends continue? Check the temps next week. The weather news calls for potential records. My home turf in Oregon gets record […]

MENS HEALTH MONTH, SEE YOUR DOCTOR

  Younger people ignore their health? That’s not a good trend during Mens Health Month. Maybe they mistrust the medical industry? Big Pharma? There’s some evidence millennials are the most into ‘self care.’ That’s nice, except when self care isn’t enough. Older people ignoring their health is an even worse trend. The mental part of […]

MILLENNIAL SELF CARE = SELF RESPONSIBILITY

  You know it’s not pledge week when NPR rags millennials about ‘self-care.’ Instead of pledging money to them, they’ll buy an ‘experience’ instead. Cue Jimi Hendrix? Gracy Obuchowicz says it’s more than just social media that has pushed millennials to the forefront of the self-care discussion. “Our generation has seen enough,” she said. “People […]

GYM RAT CONFESSIONS: FEAR DRIVEN EXERCISE

    Every fitness center, every last one, from 24Hour, to LA Fitness, to Curves, has a mayor. They also have city councilmen/women, department heads, and gym rats. The gym mayor checks their constituency. They spot, they talk. They walk from machine to machine. Gym councilmen / women spread an array of weights and surgical […]

BREAKING POINT: DIFFERENT FOR EVERYONE, AND YOU TOO

    Hitting the breaking point is easier than you think. You just might not know it for what it is the first time: a learning lesson. The key is learning you can take it and keep going. Slow learners might not make the leap the first time, might think they’ve only got one breaking […]

WHY HEART BREAKS NEVER BREAK EVEN FOR ANYONE

      Like serious illness, heart breaks are best left for others. It’s just easier when it’s someone else. At a distance. The further the better. That way you can learn from them in case it happens to you. And it will. One way or the other. Broken hearts land on everyone at least […]

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, PT3: MILLENNIAL ILLNESS

This graph shows the age of BoomerPDX readers. From a boomer blogger to millennials, I’m glad you read this blog. Not all news is good, but good ideas help open the right doors. I’m as surprised as anyone to see who shows up here, and millennials lead the pack according to Google Analytics. And they […]

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, pt2: FAMILY TRAUMA

Illness defines family trauma over time and it’s exhausting. Remember the movie Ordinary People? The family dynamic wasn’t defined by illness, but death of a child. It didn’t go well for the emotional state of all. There’s was a sudden adjustment with a lifetime effect. Living with a pre-existing condition, or around others with pre-existing […]