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SPR 2016

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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4 C O N T E N T S S P R I N G 2 0 1 6 The only magazine in America presented for the whole health of women and their families by American hospitals and their physicians. Spirit of Women, 2424 North Federal Highway mation or advertising inquiries, call 561.544.0755, fax 561.544.8149 or write spiritmagazine@spiritofwomen.com. Visit us on the Web at www.spiritofwomen.com. Information contained herein is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have medical concerns, seek the guidance of a healthcare professional. Copyright © 2016, Spirit of Women. Editorial and creative direction: anya Abreu Corporate and media management: Joshua Davis Spirit of Women magazine is a publication of the Spirit of Women Health Network. S P I R I T O F W O M E N S P R I N G 2 016 w w w. s p i r i t o f w o m e n . c o m D E P A R T M E N T S F E A T U R E S 9 20 COVER PHOTO BY Erik Stenbakken/Stenbakken.com 14 | SAMANTHA HARRIS: GIVING A VOICE TO CANCER JOURNEYS After a double mastectomy two years ago, the entertainment news journalist is sharing her story to help empower other women. 16 | 5 TIPS FOR TALKING TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT EMBARRASSING TOPICS Turn down the discomfort level with these easy tactics for getting things out in the open. 18 | THE BACK STORY ON SCIATICA Learn to cope with one of the most common kinds of back pain. 20 | CLEARING THE AIR Is it just a cold—or a full-blown sinus infection? 23 | PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM THE AFTERMATH OF ADDICTION Here's how to find a balance that works for everyone. 24 | ACING THE JOB INTERVIEW Practice makes perfect, say experts. MEDICAL CENTRAL: BANNER FORT COLLINS SPIRIT OF WOMEN ........ 5 HEALTHY EATING: TACO TUESDAYS .......................... 6 MEDICAL CENTRAL: LOVE YOUR SELFIE ....................... 8 FAMILY STYLE: TEENS AND DATING .................... 9 U.S. HOSPITAL REPORT: BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS ...10 SPIRIT CENTRAL: FIND A SPIRIT OF WOMEN HOSPITAL NEAR YOU ...12 BRAIN MATTERS: NEUROPLASTICITY ..................... 25 SPIRIT HEALTH COACH: SPORTS INJURIES ....................... 26 DIGESTIVE DISORDERS: TIME FOR A GUT CHECK ............ 28 HEALTHY HOME: PICKING PAINT COLORS ............ 30 W I T H S P I R I T SPRING IS JUST THE BEGINNING! Do you ever wish you could push a do-over button for your health? Maybe you dream about hitting rewind and fitting into an old pair of jeans. If you're really lucky, maybe those jeans will still be in style when you're ready to wear them again! Perhaps you're trying to find the motivation to exercise regularly, and you regret not having stayed consistently active throughout your life so that "starting over" wouldn't feel so overwhelming. We often agonize about our food choices from yesterday instead of paying better attention to the healthy choices we make today. It's tempting to spend time dwelling on what went wrong in the past instead of focusing on what we can do to maximize our health now. Easy things like eating mindfully, keeping our doctor's appointments, acting on our screening results, and simply paying attention to how we feel are great starts to making progress. Falling back into old patterns is easy, but when we propel ourselves forward, we feel better and have more energy to do all the things we want to do while enjoying the extra hours of daylight in the spring. I'm encouraging you to join me in starting this season of renewal with a fresh perspective. It's always the right time to start anew and spring forward into action for your health! Wishing you a new spring start! Sheryl Fahrenbruch Outreach Program Manager, Spirit of Women Banner Ft. Collins Medical Center McKee Medical Center Managing Editor: Pam Lawrence Published by Convero Editor: Graphic Designer: Lori Smith convero (formerly SBN Interactive)

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