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Student sees marrow donation as easy way to help society

By Amy Hamilton

There’s a 10-year-old boy somewhere in the nation with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common kind of leukemia in children. Ashley Winder, 21, is going to help save his life. And it hardly matters to Winder, a 2007 Grand Junction High School graduate, that she may never meet the boy. She plans to donate her bone marrow later this month to give the boy a shot at life. “It’s a pretty easy process for me compared to what I can do for this boy,” said Winder in ...

Hotchkiss woman on nationwide team of heart health advocates

By Amy Hamilton

Heart disease won’t get the best of Carolyn Holton, despite a heart attack more than 20 years ago. The 69-year-old Hotchkiss woman’s subsequent lifestyle changes now make her feel younger than she felt when she went into cardiac arrest at age 46. Her commitment to keeping her heart healthy has earned her the distinction of being one of 65 women from around the country this year to become a WomenHeart Champion through the National Coalition for Women with Heart ...

Health Briefs, Jan. 26, 2010

By Staff

District 51 gets health-related award School District 51 was presented with a Healthiest Companies of America Award by Interactive Health Solutions Inc. The award is based on the school district’s continued effort and commitment to the health and well-being of its employees, IHC said in a news release. School District 51 works with its health benefits administrator, CNIC Health Solutions and a benefits consultant to conduct a workplace wellness program that includes free annual ...

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Help plentiful - and maybe life saving - through Marillac support groups

By Amy Hamilton

At one time, it was common for Rogelio Lariz to eat 15–18 tacos in one sitting. But after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, Lariz, with the help of his wife, Sophia, has limited his intake to three tacos. Lariz also quit smoking, drinking soda and eating hamburgers. He is more inclined to exercise. In addition to losing a lot of weight, Lariz was able to reverse some of the symptoms caused by Type 2 diabetes, and he no longer uses insulin to regulate his blood sugar. This was ...

Hoarding disorder: 3 million Americans can’t throw away junk

By Emily Shockley

When childhood friends came over to play, Grand Junction resident Andrea Land would tell them to close their eyes until they got to her tidy bedroom. She didn’t want them to see the piles of junk mail, magazines, shoes and books her mother stacked in the other rooms in the house. “I knew it wasn’t normal and normal people didn’t have piles of paper everywhere,” Land said. It wasn’t until she was an adult that Land found a name for her mother’s ...

Trash has meaning in Grandma’s mind

By Emily Shockley

My intention in writing about hoarding syndrome in today’s paper was not to capitalize on the new-found fame of the condition, recently popularized by shows such as “Hoarders” on A&E and TLC’s “Help! I’m a Hoarder.” What I really wanted to do was let anyone who identifies with the symptoms of hoarding know they’re not alone. Anyone can have hoarding syndrome. Including my grandma. My grandmother’s hoarding tendencies began when my ...

Officials see need for Health Department offices in Lower Valley

By Amy Hamilton

Fruita Mayor Ken Henry said he often has been asked why the Mesa County Health Department needs to duplicate services it offers in Grand Junction. If finding transportation was a problem for some folks, they should take the bus, Henry was told. So one day Henry took the bus from Fruita to Health Department offices in the Community Services Building, 510 29 1/2 Road. It took 2 1/2 hours each way, five hours total, to make the 24-mile journey. “I think this will be a tremendous ...

At any age, exercise is the best anti-aging drug available

By Henrietta Hay

Body Parts. Those two words bring various images: science fiction, voodoo, pornography, Baywatch. But right now when I think of body parts I am thinking of hinges. After 81 years of use, one of my hinges is not working properly. The miracle, of course, is that any one of them is working at all. Shoulders do not come with lifetime guarantees. Oh well, neither does anything else. Fixing hinges is a major industry in this country. Doctors achieve miracles with new body parts, but a lot of ...

Multiple sclerosis patient will take treatments in Costa Rica

By Amy Hamilton

Multiple sclerosis will have to try harder to get the best of Mary Posta. Thanks to an outpouring of donations in the past 10 months, the 59-year-old Ridgway woman is slated to receive adult stem-cell treatments at a clinic in Costa Rica in the hopes of stalling symptoms of her disease. “Everything has been falling into place way too easy,” Posta said. “Through the past few months, I’ve gotten letters and phone calls of people saying they’re watching me and ...

Consider future when making urgent decisions

By Staff

“I ran into my ex-boyfriend, Samuel,” Marla said in a matter-of-fact tone. “How did that feel?” I asked. “It reminded me of how much fun we had,” she said. “I broke up with him four months ago because I didn’t see a future for us. He could talk about anything except his real feelings, and I want more.” “Is there regret in your voice?” I asked. “There are times when I’m lonely,” Marla said, “but ...

Health Briefs, Jan. 5, 2010

By Staff

Family grief support group beginning Forget-Me-Not, a family grief support group, is open to children ages 5–18 and their family members. It will be from 5:30–7:00 p.m. Thursday nights starting Jan. 14 and going through March 4. The group will meet at the Hospice Care Center, 3090 B N. 12th St. Through the use of games, arts and crafts projects, and music, Forget-Me-Not offers education and support regarding the death of a loved one. Forget-Me-Not is a free community ...

Post-birth return to work a challenge

By Staff

“I am exhausted,” Heather said as she plopped into the chair. “Austin is doing great with day care, but after my maternity leave ended, it’s been tough to get back on track.” “How have you been sleeping?” I asked. “Pretty good,” Heather said. “William does one of the feedings at night so I can sleep.” “Tell me about feeling off-track,” I said. “Going back to work has been challenging,” Heather ...

Bucket lists help individuals focus energy, attain lifetime goals

By Melinda Mawdsley

Life lists can serve a purpose. For 31-year-old Jen Schaefer, what she wants to accomplish comes in the form of a list of 100 items. It’s her “bucket list” of things she wants to do during her lifetime, and she keeps it handy at all times. She has already crossed off seeing the Pyramids of Giza and the Empire State Building. Running a 5K is a list item she’s working toward now, and she signed up for a fitness group at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical ...

Health Briefs, Dec. 29, 2009

By Staff

Wellness connection offers free screenings The American Cancer Society recommends annual breast cancer screenings for women beginning at age 40. The Women’s Wellness Connection provides free breast and cervical screenings for women at more than 120 locations in Colorado. Low-income women between ages 40–64 with limited or no health insurance may qualify for the free tests. For information, visit or call 1-866-951-9355. Health ...

Still searching for my soul mate

By Staff

“I’ve been thinking about the concept of soul mates,” Naomi said. “My friend, Caitlyn, has been dating a man for the past year and she swears that they’re soul mates. I think you can actually see it when they are together.” “What’s your concept of a soul mate?” I asked. “It’s how she talks about him,” Naomi said. “It’s like they’ve searched lifetimes for one another and have finally found each ...


HW: A gift of vision December 22, 2009

By Amy Hamilton

Sarah Sterling could be totally blind today if it weren’t for the compassion and support of a local optometrist. Sterling, 25, had congenital cataracts, and in the past year her vision began deteriorating rapidly. The Mesa State College nursing student and artist went from being able to easily see to drive her car, to not being able to read the words in a book. After having lens replacement surgery in November thanks to local optometrist Julie Larson, Sterling’s vision is ...

Husband of deployed wife must convey feelings

By Staff

Dan’s wife has been deployed overseas with her Army Reserve unit since last summer, and he has been taking care of their three kids while working full time. So Dan and the kids are celebrating the holidays without Michelle, whose tour ends in June. “Are you ready for the holidays?” I asked Dan as he walked in for our coaching session. “I’m trying to get into the holiday spirit, but it’s tough,” he said. “I’m worried about the kids ...

‘Tis the season to de-stress

By Sheri Fisher

“I love the holidays, but this year I feel really stressed,” Diana said as we started our coaching session. Diana came to life coaching to help herself get in shape. During our time together we had created a vision of what she wanted in this area of her life and brainstormed action plans to help her to reach her goals. “The problem is that when I’m stressed, it’s easy to slip into old habits. Lately, I’ve been eating a lot of junk and can’t find ...

Health Briefs, Dec. 15, 2009

By Staff

Mental health group sponsors classes The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Colorado and its Western Slope office are sponsoring a free, 12-week course for families with adults living with mental illness. Classes start Jan. 26. For information or to register, call 462-3989. All class materials will be provided, and participants will remain confidential. H1N1 vaccinations widely available The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is recommending wider use of the H1N1 ...

Funding woes plague Marillac Clinic

By Amy Hamilton

A bust in the local economy in the 1980s created a need for affordable health care for working class families. From that need, Marillac Clinic was created in 1988. Marillac is a nonprofit clinic providing health services to low-income uninsured or underinsured Mesa County residents. It’s ironic, said Marillac’s Executive Director Steve Hurd, that the clinic born in tough times is today finding itself in a bind. Requests for services at Marillac, 2333 N. Sixth St., have ...

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