October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One critical way to take care of ourselves and focus on things we can control is to make sure we are up to date on our cancer screenings. For women over age 40, this includes getting regular mammograms done to screen for breast cancer.
December is a wonderful month. Most of us are filled with excitement and anticipation over gatherings with family and friends, special opportunities to serve, the possibility of some fun in the snow, and the sharing of gifts. I am always amazed and humbled by the kindness and generosity I witness this time of year. It seems to me this is the time of year when we see the best in most people.
I am going to tell you about a patient of mine named Steve. That is not his real name but this is his real story. Steve was in a car accident at age 16. He did not break any bones but he did get bad whiplash. He was seen in the emergency room and treated for his problems...
I frequently have parents in my office who are struggling with relationships in their families. Commonly, the concern is expressed about the behavior of teenagers. As we discuss these concerns it is clear that parents are worried about their teenagers but they sometimes are not sure how they can help or even understand the underlying problem.