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Get Curious: Know the Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer

Posted by: Living With Cancer Guest Poster on Sep 03, 2015 in Living With Cancer

September is Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month, and throughout the month, Living with Cancer will present stories of women who have overcome one of the many types of gynecologic cancer and educate readers on the symptoms of these diseases. A woman’s risk of getting ovarian cancer during her lifetime is about 1 in 73, and According to […]

Woman’s Swim Strong Program Brings Big Smiles to Children

Posted by: Heal Thy Self Guest Poster on Sep 03, 2015 in Heal Thy Self, Health

The following post is written by WAFB’s Graham Ulkins.

swimA group of local kids spent their summer learning to “Swim Strong” in a unique program that gets bigger every year.

Getting in the pool at the Woman’s Center for Wellness was the favorite part of the week for many of the participants. The smiles on their faces were easy to spot on a recent visit to the final session of the summer. 

“It might range from cerebral palsy to spina bifida, or arthrogryposis. Some of our kids are recovering from cancer treatment,” said Shelly Worthington, the Baton Rouge physical therapist who developed the program.

Children with special needs can be at higher risk for obesity since many use a wheelchair for much of the day. Burning calories in a pool is a good, safe way to overcome that obstacle.

Each student is paired with a Swim Strong “shadow,” a trained volunteer who’s always in the pool for support. Shadows are often college students pursuing therapy professions or careers in education or medicine. Their helping hands under the water help keep those determined smiles that Worthington loves to see on the faces above.

“One of the goals of Swim Strong is for them to enjoy the freedom of movement that water allows,” she said. “And our kids, when they get in the pool, they are free.”

To see WAFB’s story in full, visit its website.

Don’t Ignore Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. Living with Cancer will feature posts centered on ovarian cancer and women’s experiences with it. The following post was written by  Bre Tipps for the Cancerwise blog by MD Anderson. I knew my body was trying to tell me something. The stomach problems, the bloating, the pain I felt […]

Tailgating Tips for Parents with Small Children

Are you ready for some football? The best time of the year is finally here for Baton Rouge residents as LSU’s football team opens its season Saturday against McNeese State. Firing up the grill and enjoying the campus atmosphere has become a daylong celebration for many LSU families, from Tiger grads to the university’s tiniest […]

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