Category Archives: Health Care

ACLU sues feds in bid to make Catholic groups provide abortion to illegal immigrants

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Fox News: Providing food and shelter to illegal immigrants isn’t enough for federally-funded Catholic organizations, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is suing the federal government to help ensure the religious organizations provide abortion and contraception to them as well.  

The suit aims to obtain government records related to reproductive healthcare policy for unaccompanied immigrant children in the care of federally funded Catholic agencies, which do not believe in abortion.

“We have heard reports that Catholic bishops are prohibiting Catholic charities from allowing teens in their care to access critical services like contraception and abortion– even if the teenager has been raped on her journey to the United States or in a detention facility,” said ACLU staff attorney Brigitte Amiri.

Almost 60,000 unaccompanied minors illegally crossed over from Mexico border last year. Nearly a third were young girls, and Amiri claims up to 80 percent were victims of sexual assault.

The government contracts with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to care for those children until they can either reunite with a relative or face an immigration hearing. The organization has received $73 million overall from the government- with $10 million coming in to care for unaccompanied minors in 2013 alone.

A letter from the USCCB shows the organization strongly objecting to a regulation proposed by the Obama administration requiring contractors provide abortions to immigrants who have been raped.

“The Catholic Bishops are taking millions of dollars in federal grants- and then imposing their beliefs on this vulnerable population who they are supposed to serve… and that raises serious concerns under the separation of church and state provision in our Constitution,” said Amiri.

But the bishops are hitting back at the ACLU- maintaining they are well within their rights to exercise religious freedom while taking care of the minors.

“For decades, we have provided exemplary services to this vulnerable population without facilitating abortions, and despite ACLU’s extreme assertions to the contrary, the law not only permits our doing so, but protects it,” said Kevin Appleby, Director of the USCCB’s Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs.

Appleby says instances in which a client under his organization’s care asks for a service contrary to the beliefs of the Church are rare. He insists the USCCB informs the government of a girl’s desire to access reproductive healthcare if the government has legal custody of that child.

“Let’s be clear about the ACLU’s purpose here: ending the productive and successful partnership between the Catholic Church and the federal government on the care and shelter of vulnerable populations. Denying us the freedom to serve betrays the very children the ACLU is purportedly attempting to help,” he told Fox News.

The ACLU is only suing for federal documents on the USCCB’s policies at the moment, but will consider further legal actions depending on what those documents indicate. The government has not yet officially responded to the ACLU’s request.

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Just send the illegals to Planned Parenthood; they’d be more than happy to do abortions.

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Hookers for Hillary 2016!

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2016 “Hillary For America” presidential campaign is attracting supporters like flies to a dung-heap.

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First came the sodomites with their  ‘I’d bottom for Hillary!’ campaign.

Now, it’s the hookers’ turn.

David McCormack reports for Daily Mail, April 19, 2015, that a group of “sex workers” at Dennis Hof’s infamous Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, have come out in favor of Hillary Clinton for president.

Hookers for Hillary

The group, Hookers For Hillary, has a four-point platform explaining they endorse the former secretary of state because of her work on health care reform, tax reform, responsible government oversight on public health issues, and foreign relation experience:

“Hillary Clinton, as part of her husband’s administration, envisioned health care reform in the 1990’s, long before President Obama was able to sign it into law. The Affordable Health Care Act made health insurance available for the first time ever to the 500 independent contractors employed by Dennis Hof. With any Republican nominee likely to work for its’ [sic] repeal, the Bunnies want to protect the quality health coverage that they now enjoy. As Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton gained invaluable experience negotiating with foreign leaders, and the Bunnies can definitely relate to negotiating through a language barrier. The Bunny Ranch entertains customers from all around the globe, and the girls have great respect for any woman who can take powerful men from oppressive cultures and make them bend to her will. Bill Clinton presided over the most prosperous time in Bunny Ranch history, which coincided with a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans such as brothel owner Dennis Hof. The Bunnies recognize that thriving economies are built from the bottom up, where the vast majority of their clients originate. A return to relying on the disproven theory of trickle-down economics would only serve to exclude the vast majority of hard-working Bunny Ranch clients from having the discretionary income to enjoy with their favorite Bunny.”

Citing Nevada’s mandatory testing of legal prostitutes for sexually transmitted diseases, the Bunny Ranch also applauded Hillary Clinton for recognizing “the fact that responsible government oversight is a key to protecting the public’s health from widespread disease.”

Foreign relation experience?

These hookers clearly know nothing about Benghazi.

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~Éowyn

1/3 of Dutch physicians are willing to kill the mentally ill

The Netherlands

Jane Collingwood reports for PsychCentral, April 15, 2015, that according to a survey by the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research in Amsterdam, as many as a third of medical doctors in the Netherlands are prepared to euthanize (“physician-assisted suicide”) people who are not afflicted with a terminal illness, but are merely mentally ill.

The survey was undertaken in 2011-2012 by Dr. Eva Bolt and colleagues at the EMGO Institute. They sent questionnaires to 2,269 randomly selected general practitioners (family doctors) and specialists in elderly care, cardiology, respiratory medicine, intensive care, neurology, and internal medicine, who were asked if they had ever helped a patient who was suffering with cancer, another physical disease, a mental illness, dementia, or without a severe physical disease but was “tired of living” to die. 1,456 (or 64%) of the 2,269 completed the survey.

The study found that:

  • A large majority (86%) of those who had completed the survey indicated they would consider “helping” a patient to die.
  • 77% (and more than 90% of GPs or family doctors) had been asked at least once for help to die.
  • 6 out of 10 doctors had actually helped a patient to die:
    • 56% had helped a cancer patient to die.
    • 31% had helped euthanize patients with a non-cancer physical disease.
    • 7% had helped euthanize a patient who did not have cancer or another severe physical illness.
  • As many as 34% of medical doctors who took the survey said they would consider helping a mentally-ill patient to die.
  • That percentage increased to 40% for patients with early-stage dementia. Strangely, the percentage of doctors who would consider euthanizing patients with late-stage dementia was lower — at 33%.
  • As many as one in five (18%) doctors said they are prepared to euthanize someone who is not ill but is “tired of living.”

Full results of the survey are published in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

The current situation in The Netherlands is that euthanasia or assisted suicide is legally permissible “for those whose suffering is psychiatric/psychological in nature.” The Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide Act, effective April 1, 2002, legalizes euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (EAS) under very specific circumstances. Several stringent conditions must be fulfilled including that “the patient’s suffering is unbearable with no prospect of improvement.”

A team of researchers at Netherlands’ Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre had explored the legal definition of “unbearable suffering,” but concluded that “Unbearable suffering is difficult to assess, so evaluation of the current knowledge of unbearable suffering is needed in the ongoing debate about the conditions on which EAS can be approved.” So the researchers proposed their own definition for “unbearable suffering” in the context of a request for a physician-assisted suicide to mean “a profoundly personal experience of an actual or perceived impending threat to the integrity or life of the person, which has a significant duration and a central place in the person’s mind.”

Blah, blah, blah.

Culture of Death by Wesley J. Smith

According to Wesley J. Smith, J.D., writing for Life News, as many as 42 mentally ill patients and nearly 100 early-stage dementia patients were euthanized in the Netherlands in the most recent year for which statistics are available. The killings were justified by the “assisting” psychiatrists as a “liberation” for the patient and the doctors.

Those numbers are the ones reported. How many were killed surreptitiously cannot be known.

~Éowyn

Baby’s thumbs-up ultrasound saves her from being aborted

Her parents were told their baby had a life-threatening heart condition. Doctors twice recommended an abortion.

But when little Chanel Murrish‘s parents saw her ultrasound, they changed their minds.

Chanel Murrish gives thumbs up

Sarah Zagorski reports for Life News, April 13, 2015, that United Kingdom residents Fay and Michael Murrish were thrilled to be expecting their third baby. But at their 20-week scan they found out some devastating news— their unborn baby had a life-threatening heart condition called Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and had only a low chance of survival.

Even with operations, their baby would have only a 50-50 chance of surviving the first and would need two more. Her life expectancy would only be to young adulthood and she would eventually need a heart transplant.

In fact, doctors felt so strongly about their baby’s dire outcome that they recommended abortion twice.

However, the couple refused abortion after their baby started kicking in the womb and an ultrasound showed something remarkable.

Fay explained, “But Chanel started kicking. There was no way I could have a termination. I know she wanted to live because she was giving a huge thumbs-up at her scan.”

In 2014, Chanel Murrish was born via Caesarean section and was rushed into surgery. She became the youngest baby ever to undergo open-heart surgery in the United Kingdom and is now thriving. Fay concluded, “Chanel is going from strength to strength having got through not just the first operation but a second procedure at the age of just seven days.”

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According to the Center for Disease control, HLHS is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart and as the baby develops, the left side of the heart does not form correctly. Research finds that HLHS is extremely rare but it does have a high mortality rate, accounting for approximately 23% of neonatal deaths. The condition can be detected on a fetal echocardiography, although in many cases it isn’t diagnosed until after birth because the unborn child appears to be developing normally.

LifeNews had reported on a previous case of a baby born with HLHS who successfully underwent two heart operations and is now doing well.

In 2012, Scarlett Crowther was born with the same condition as Chanel. She may not have made it at all had her mom decided to have an abortion, but Scarlett’s mother Rebecca Turner rejected that idea. Scarlett was given a 50/50 chance of surviving the defect just like Chanel but went through two successful heart operations, with one of them coming at five days after birth.

Mother and baby are now doing much better. Rebecca calls Scarlett a “little fighter. When I hold her now I just can’t believe how healthy and happy she is. She’s my miracle baby.”

Chanel Murrish

The ultrasound of little Chanel giving a thumbs-up HUMANIZES the life in Fay Murrish’s womb.

The pic made Fay and Michael Murrish realize that the life growing in Fay’s womb is a human being. That is why the pro-aborts get so enraged when pro-lifers display posters of aborted babies.

~Éowyn

Divine Mercy Sunday

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked,
where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came
and stood in their midst
and said to them,
“Peace be with you.”
When He had said this,
He showed them His hands and His side.

-John 20:19-20

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Although you have not seen Him
you love Him;
even though you do not see Him now
yet believe in Him,
you rejoice
with an indescribable and glorious joy,
as you attain the goal of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.

-1 Peter 1:8-9

Jesus, I trust in You

The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us — all of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.

The Divine Mercy message is one we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC:

A – Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon the whole world.

B – Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does to us.

C – Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will receive.

This message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had begun to spread.

This is the Divine Mercy prayer that concludes the Chaplet of Divine Mercy (From the Diary of St. Faustina, 950):

“Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Amen”

When I encounter great difficulties and find myself greatly overwrought, I turn to Him with a child’s simple faith, and whisper: “Jesus, I trust in You.”

See also “Religious faith is most powerful non-medicine against pain.”

~Eowyn

Are Americans getting crazier?

These are three headline stories from this morning’s Drudge Report:

  1. 100-year-old man kills wife with ax
  2. Man commits suicide after losing free buffet-for-life
  3. Celebrity dermatologist commits suicide, devastated over being mocked on Tina Fey Netflix series

Exhibit #1

MyFoxNY reports, April 7, 2015, that a 100-year-old man apparently killed his 88-year-old wife with an ax as she slept in their Elmwood Park home in northern New Jersey, then killed himself in the bathroom with a knife.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says there was a “history of domestic issues” between Michael Juskin and his wife, Rosalia, but a motive for the murder-suicide remains under investigation.

Police officers found the couple in their Spruce Street home after a relative – who was not in the home – called authorities. The deaths were made public Monday.

Exhibit #2

John Noble

Henry Brean reports for the Las Vegas Review- Journal, April 6, 2015, that 53-year-old John Noble shot himself in the head at an M Resort buffet in Henderson, NV, at about 4:50 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Henderson firefighters were already at the resort’s parking garage extinguishing a burning vehicle police now say belonged to Noble.

Many witnessed Noble’s death, and Henderson police said two people were hurt attempting to flee the area after the shot rang out. One person was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries from a fall; another person was checked out by paramedics at the scene.

The day before the Las Vegas man committed suicide, he had filled a box with his complaints against the resort and its employees and mailed it to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In his final, angry message to the world, delivered to the newspaper Monday morning, Noble blamed his suicide on depression that set in after the Henderson resort awarded him free meals at the buffet for life then banned him from the property in 2013 for harassing some of the women working there.

“Today, I end my life due to the M Resort Spa Casino and its employees,” Noble wrote in one of two suicide notes he included with an obsessively detailed dossier on the people he blamed for destroying his life. The hand-bound stack of notes and documents stretches on for more than 270 pages and includes a table of contents, photographs and a two-hour DVD of Noble talking about his troubles.

The second-to-last page, titled “The Curse,” spells out all the harm he wishes on those he believed wronged him. Included on the list are several women who worked at the buffet, on whom Noble had showered with gifts and unwanted attention after he won meals for life there in September 2010.

Noble had attacked the resort and its employees on social media, posting photos and personal information about them, including their home addresses, right up until his death.

Exhibit #3

Fredric Brandt and Martin Short on 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

The Hollywood Reporter of April 6, 2015 reports that dermatologist to the stars Fredric Brandt was found dead in his Miami home on Easter Sunday morning after apparently hanging himself, according to a spokesperson for the Miami Police Department.

According to police, the 65-year-old, who had many celebrity patients including Madonna and former supermodel Stephanie Seymour, was pronounced dead on the scene just after 9 a.m.

According to Miami Herald journalist Lesley Abravanel, prior to his suicide, Brandt had been “devastated” by comparisons to the Martin Short character, Dr. Franff, on Tina Fey’s new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

But Brandt’s publicist Jacquie Trachtenberg told the New York Post that although Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was “mean” and “bullying” and “made fun of” Brandt for “the way he looks,” which “definitely deeply hurt him . . the show was not the reason for his depression, and it was not the reason he would take his own life.” Trachtenberg said Brandt “was suffering from an illness” but would not go into details on the circumstances.

Born in Newark, New Jersey, Brandt received his medical degree from Drexel University Medical School and opened his first private dermatology practice in Miami in 1982. Brandt’s expertise with Botox and other cosmetic dermatology practices garnered him an impressive roster of clients, and in 1998, Brandt opened his second private practice, in New York City. Brandt is also the author of two skin care books — 10 Minutes 10 Years: Your Definitive Guide to a Beautiful and Youthful Appearance and Age-Less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Lasers, Peels and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin — and served as the host of “Ask Dr. Brandt,” a SiriusXM radio show which featured beauty discussions with celebrity guests such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kelly Ripa.

Bonus Exhibit #4:

Here’s another example of craziness.

ABC23 reports, Feb. 14, 2015, that a man and a woman who had just met in a trolley and didn’t even know each other’s name, had sex on the ground in broad daylight in front of shoppers at a strip mall in Chula Vista, California.

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Chula Vista police said the couple had just met on the trolley, and decided to have sex in front of Christina’s dress shop.

Percipient witness Christy Peterson said the man and woman seemed oblivious to the fact that it was 3:30 p.m. and they were surrounded by people in a shopping strip mall. The two kept their clothes on for the first 15 minutes then the man stripped off all his clothes while she kept her skirt on.

Peterson said, “It was unbelievable. They were rolling on the ground making out and getting sexual. Her legs were in the air and the guy was on top. We were so shocked our mouths were just opened.”

Security never showed up, so Peterson called police. “We were just panicked and there were customers,” she said. “We had a brand new trainee –her first day.” The trainee was a 17-year-old girl whom they took to the back of the store. “A woman with her baby and 16-, 17-, 18-year-old girls here to shop for prom and got the shock of their life.”

Police arrived, but the two strangers — who didn’t even know each other’s names — didn’t flinch. Peterson said, “They were like cuddled up while police were giving them tickets.”

The man was taken away in handcuffs and taken to jail. The woman was given a citation. Peterson heard police say the man wasn’t even 21 and the woman was 37 years old.

~Éowyn

Ovarian cancer: Symptoms, risk factors, survival rates

angelina_jolie_tattoosDoes Angelina Jolie know that tattoo ink contains carcinogens?

Actress Angelina Jolie, 39, recently made news with an op/ed in the New York Times that she had undergone a second prophylactic surgery, this time to remove her ovary and fallopian tubes. In May 2013, she had a double mastectomy.

Jolie has the BRCA1 gene, which puts her at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. She has a maternal family history of early deaths from cancer: Her mother, Marcheline, died of ovarian cancer at 56 in 2007; Marcheline’s brother Roland died of prostate cancer at age 53 in 2009; Marcheline’s sister succumbed to breast cancer at 61 in 2013.

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Here’s information from WebMD on ovarian cancer:

Ovarian cancer begins in the fallopian tubes and moves to the ovaries, the twin organs that produce a woman’s eggs and the main source of  the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Treatments for ovarian cancer have become more effective in recent years, with the best results seen when the disease is found early.

Symptoms 

  • Bloating or pressure in the belly
  • Pain in the abdomen or pelvis
  • Feeling full too quickly during meals
  • Urinating more frequently

These symptoms can be caused by many conditions that are not cancer. But if the symptoms persist for more than a few weeks, report them to your health care professional.

A woman’s odds of developing ovarian cancer are higher if a close relative has had cancer of the ovaries, breast, or colon. Researchers believe that inherited genetic changes account for 10% of ovarian cancers. This includes the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, which are linked to breast cancer. Women with a strong family history should talk with a doctor to see whether closer medical follow-up could be helpful.

Risk and Preventive Factors

  1. The  strongest risk factor for ovarian cancer is age. It’s most likely to develop after a woman goes through menopause. Using postmenopausal hormone therapy may increase the risk. The link seems strongest in women who take estrogen without progesterone for at least 5 to 10 years. Doctors are not certain whether taking a combination of estrogen and progesterone boosts the risk as well.
  2. Women who have biological children are less likely to get ovarian cancer than women who have never given birth. The risk appears to decrease with every pregnancy, and breastfeeding may offer added protection.
  3. Ovarian cancer is also less common in women who have taken birth control pills. Women who have used the pill for at least five years have about half the risk of women who never took the pill. Like pregnancy, birth control pills prevent ovulation. Some researchers think ovulating less often may protect against ovarian cancer. (Note from Eowyn: The same phenomenon has been found with breast cancer as well. Both ovarian and breast cancer seem to be associated with the frequency of ovulation and with levels of the estrogen hormone.)
  4. Obese women have a higher risk of getting ovarian cancer than other women. And the death rates for ovarian cancer are higher for obese women too, compared with non-obese women. The heaviest women appear to have the greatest risk. (Note: The link here, as with hormone therapy and ovulation, is estrogen. Estrogen is stored in body fat, which means obese women have more estrogen.)
  5. Getting your tubes tied, formally known as tubal ligation, may offer some protection against ovarian cancer. The same goes for having a hysterectomy — removing the uterus. For women with genetic mutations that put them at high risk for ovarian cancer, removing the ovaries is an option. This can also be considered in women over 40 getting a hysterectomy.
  6. While there is no definitive diet to prevent ovarian cancer, there is evidence that what you eat can make a difference. In one recent study, women who stuck to a low-fat diet for at least four years were less likely to develop ovarian cancer. Some researchers report the cancer is also less common in women who eat a lot of vegetables, but more studies are needed.

Cancer Screening Tests

There is no easy or reliable way to test for ovarian cancer if a woman has no symptoms. However, there are two ways to screen for ovarian cancer during a routine gynecologic exam:

  1. A blood test for elevated levels of a protein called CA-125.
  2. An ultrasound of the ovaries.

Unfortunately, neither technique has been shown to save lives when used in women of average risk. For this reason, screening is only recommended for women with strong risk factors.

Imaging tests, such as ultrasound or CT scans (seen here), can help reveal an ovarian mass. But these scans can’t determine whether the abnormality is cancer. If cancer is suspected, the next step is usually surgery to remove suspicious tissues. A sample is then sent to the lab for further examination. This is called a biopsy.

The initial surgery for ovarian cancer also helps determine how far the cancer has spread, described by the following stages:

Stage I: Confined to one or both ovaries
Stage II: Spread to the uterus or other nearby organs
Stage III: Spread to the lymph nodes or abdominal lining
Stage IV: Spread to distant organs, such as the lungs or liver

Types of Ovarian Cancer

  1. The vast majority of ovarian cancers are epithelial ovarian carcinomas. These are malignant tumors that form from cells on the surface of the ovary.
  2. Some epithelial tumors are not clearly cancerous. These are known as tumors of low malignant potential (LMP). LMP tumors grow more slowly and are less dangerous than other forms of ovarian cancer.

Survival rates

Ovarian cancer can be a frightening diagnosis, with 5-year relative survival rates that range from 89% to 18% for epithelial ovarian cancer, depending on the stage when the cancer was found. For LMP tumors, the five-year relative survival rates range from 99% to 77%.

Surgery

Surgery is used to diagnose ovarian cancer and determine its stage, but it is also the first phase of treatment. The goal is to remove as much of the cancer as possible. This may include a single ovary and nearby tissue in stage I. In more advanced stages, it may be necessary to remove both ovaries, along with the uterus and surrounding tissues.

In all stages of ovarian cancer, chemotherapy is usually given after surgery. This phase of treatment uses drugs to target and kill any remaining cancer in the body. The drugs may be given by mouth, through an IV, or directly into the belly (intraperitoneal chemotherapy). Women with LMP tumors usually don’t need chemo unless the tumors grow back after surgery.

Researchers are working on therapies that target the way ovarian cancer grows. A process called angiogenesis involves the formation of new blood vessels to feed tumors. A drug called Avastin blocks this process, causing tumors to shrink or stop growing (seen in the illustration here). Avastin is approved for other cancers, but ovarian cancer researchers are still testing this therapy, which can have serious side effects.

When women have both ovaries removed, they can no longer produce their own estrogen. This triggers menopause, no matter how young the patient. The drop in hormone levels can also raise the risk for certain medical conditions, including osteoporosis. It’s vital that women have regular follow-up care after being treated for ovarian cancer.

Women may find that it takes a long time for their energy to return after treatments end. Fatigue is a very common problem after treatment for cancer. Beginning a gentle exercise program is one of the most effective ways to restore energy and improve emotional well-being. Check with your health care team to determine which activities are right for you.

H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

~Éowyn