Archive for the ‘Personal Stories’ Category
July 31, 2013
“Be active. Eat well. Love.”
That is the sound advice that Arlene Mayer, 82, of the New Mexico senior women’s basketball team, gives for aging gracefully. The feisty ladies of the New Mexico Cruisin’ Big Dogs came to Cleveland, OH this week to compete in the 2013 National Senior Games. We caught up with them to learn how they stay active and healthy and also why preventive health screenings are important to them.
The New Mexico Cruisin’ Big Dogs are Katherine Dolce, 89, Claire Hanson, 81, Barbara Loveless, 80, Arlene Mayer, 82, Ina Stewart, 81, and Mickey Sutton, 80. They share a competitive spirit and a love for basketball. Together, they’ve played basketball competitively for 15 years.
Meet the women of the New Mexico Cruising’ Big Dogs, who are all over 80 years old!
Stay Active to Stay Healthy
We initially thought they had found the fountain of youth in New Mexico, but there was a common, more realistic theme among the Big Dogs’ thoughts on their impressive physical shape: keep moving and eat healthy. Arlene and Ina stressed that the best way to stay active is to stay connected with other people and to do things with them that you find fun. Mickey added that walking is a great way to maintain your strength as you get older.
Watch the video below to get the secrets to aging straight from the Big Dogs:
Life Line Screening’s Preventive Health Screenings Help
Four of the six ladies have been screened by Life Line Screening. Katherine, who goes by “Kay,” has been screened three times since her first health screening, which showed some blockage in her carotid artery. Kay shares her results with her doctor and gets screened every year to find out if the blockage has worsened or not.
“I was glad I was able to catch it in time to do something about it,” Kay explained.
“We read about [Life Line Screening] and thought, well, we haven’t had those things checked. They don’t check those things at the doctor’s office, so we decided to get them all checked,” Mickey pointed out. “We were both as healthy as we thought we were. But you don’t always know,” she added. Her teammates agreed.
Their observations align with a problematic gap in our healthcare system regarding prevention in healthcare. If you are asymptomatic, meaning you are not sick yet and feel well, but have risk factors (such as age and family history), tests are often not covered by insurance and can be very costly. The ladies are happy to have tests from Life Line Screening available to them so they can take a proactive approach to their health.
In the video below, the Cruisin’ Big Dogs discuss the importance of health screenings:
The New Mexico Cruisin’ Big Dogs wrapped up the 2013 National Senior Games with 4 wins and 1 loss, earning them a silver medal in the games. While they don’t keep track of their overall record, they are confident they’ve had more wins than losses. But, most importantly, the ladies are making memories and having fun with great friends while staying active – a major win for their overall health.
For more photos of the Cruisin’ Big Dogs please visit our Facebook page.
February 5, 2013
If you follow our blog and our frequent updates on Life Long Health, you probably know how often we stress proactive lifestyles and healthy choices. Those of us at Life Line Screening firmly believe in the power of prevention. If you have the ability to take action and make yourself aware of the state of your health, would you?
A recent blog post from one of our cardiovascular screening participants reveals how important taking a proactive stance to health can be. In his blog, Charlie Streisel details his experience with Life Line Screening and the road it has led him down, along with reasons to strive for a healthy, active lifestyle no matter what age you may be.
“I just retired from teaching and my wife and I [had a screening done] almost two years ago,” Charlie told us. “There was a minor issue in my left carotid at the time. Maybe four months ago, I went back to follow up and there was a significant issue in my left carotid. I’m extremely active, I’m probably the healthiest person I know…so this was a major setback for me. I just went to be careful.”
Charlie explains in his blog how after following up with his physician and undergoing further diagnostic testing, a vascular surgeon told him his left carotid artery was “severely restricted” and required surgery.
The blogger showed no symptoms prior to undergoing a cardiovascular screening, but had a seriously restricted carotid artery that could have led to a stroke if not identified. He is grateful for his experience at Life Line Screening because it found something his doctors had not.
“If I hadn’t [gone to Life Line Screening], I probably would’ve had a stroke,” Charlie said. “I’ve been to my family physician before, and they didn’t check my artery because they generally don’t check the neck. They don’t look for that.”
Life Line Screening is dedicated to helping make people aware of unrecognized health problems and encouraging them to seek follow-up care from a physician. Not only do we urge all individuals to practice prevention with healthy diets and physical activity, we urge all individuals with disease risk factors to learn more about what preventive health screenings can offer. Our caring medical professionals are here to make your journey towards health as simple and stress-free as possible.
“The staff was friendly and professional,” Charlie said, “and I was in and out relatively quickly. It was non-invasive and a fast procedure.”
Take your health into your own hands. Become proactive with your health so a dangerous condition can be identified before it becomes catastrophic and life-altering.
Read the full blog post by Charlie Streisel here: http://streisel.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/getting-older-the-right-way/
November 30, 2012
Throughout the past month, a few members of the Life Line Screening UK team joined the crusade to grow moustaches and raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer. Now that November is almost over, the mo-growing efforts of these employees can be applauded and shaving can begin.
Prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among men, is the primary focus of the Movember campaign. By growing moustaches, Mo Bros become walking, talking billboards for the cause. Mo Sistas can also contribute to the cause by helping to raise funds.
The five employees from Life Line Screening’s head office in Worthing, West Sussex in the UK can be proud to contribute approximately £200 to the cause.
The Life Line Screening UK Movember team members pictured above are (L-R) Jack, Gareth, Dan, Helen and Rowan.
Life Line Screening is proud to support men’s health awareness and prevention not just during November, but year round. Learn more about keeping your body strong and maintaining a proactive approach to your own health today.
March 22, 2012
Country Music musician, singer and songwriter Wade Hayes had a number one hit not too long ago titled “Old Enough to Know Better,” a song that literally takes on new meaning for the handsome singer now that he has been diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. As his manager, Mike Robertson, explains, “You just don’t expect a man in his young 40s, who was perfectly healthy in every other way, to get this kind of diagnosis.”
Hayes, who was just 42 when the discovery was made, comes from a family with no history of gastrointestinal disease. He even thought the bleeding he was experiencing was due to an inflamed hemorrhoid brought on by a strenuous weightlifting session at his gym, and certainly not the result of a tumor that would prove to have metastasized – requiring 70% of his liver and 20 inches of his large intestine to be removed.
Stories such as Wade’s are a big reason March has become Colon Cancer Awareness month. Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer death in both men & women in the United States. It often has no symptoms until it is highly advanced. The good news is that this deadly disease is also the most preventable form of cancer, since it usually develops slowly over the course of 10 to 15 years from non-cancerous polyps. Colonoscopies can spot and remove these tumors BEFORE they become malignant……but only if a man or woman is living proactively and addressing the possibility of this malady before it is too late. The advent of March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month was designed to get people thinking about this preventable tragedy.
Since 90% of new cases of colon cancer occur in people over the age of 50, the American Cancer Society recommends that both women and men have a colonoscopy every ten years starting at that age, unless they have high risk factors due to a family history for the disease or other gastrointestinal diseases. Greater frequency of the test is recommended in these cases.
Wade Hayes is fighting for his life, but he’s got good friends like Willie Nelson, Kix Brooks, and Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts to cheer him on. Still, it’s a very tough uphill battle – he’s lost 50 pounds and is undergoing chemotherapy and dietary improvements to fight-off the disease. One estimate for the 5-year survival rate of stage IV colon cancer is a scant is 8.1%, while another is only 6%. As Wade himself says about his experience, “If I had caught it early, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
We wish Wade a true recovery and a return to perfect health and more great songs in the future. And we encourage all our readers within the 50-years+ demographic to get on the ball and schedule your own colonoscopy – it’s so much better than the alternative!
You can learn more about Wade Hayes and his battle with colon cancer by visiting this CNN page.
You can also learn about a new, non-invasive and at-home early detection test for colon cancer, available from Lifeline Screening, by visiting the Colon Cancer Screening Test page on our website.
February 29, 2012
Although it is not my normal news source, TMZ.com,* a celebrity news website has reported that Davy Jones, died of a heart attack this morning.
Jones, age 66, was the lead singer of the American pop rock group, The Monkees. The group also included members, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork.
The group had a television series from 1966-1968 and continued to record music through 1970. Hits include: “(Theme From) The Monkees”, “Last Train to Clarksville”, “I’m A Believer”, “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”, “Pleasant Valley Sunday” and “Daydream Believer”.**
Unfortunately this leaves February’s Heart Health Month to end on a sad note, and our condolences go out to the family of this beloved 60’s teen icon.