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Five Whys to Motivation and Weight Loss

Okay, okay, so you want to lose weight because it’s causing chronic health issues, or you can’t be as active as you’d like, or when you look in the mirror someone else stares back, someone who can’t be you.

Your motivation is what sustains you, but still you keep stumbling. How do you get past the stumbling blocks? Our Wellness crew shares how you can take the ‘Five Whys’ problem solving approach used in businesses and apply it to your weight loss journey.

Our “why” is the essential motivation that can sustain us as we try to make healthy changes. In the case of weight loss, it isn’t some transitory desire, like wanting to look good at the beach this year. Rather, it is something related to our sense of self. Perhaps we want to feel like the active person we believe ourselves to be, or a wish to grow old without the burden of a chronic disease. We can also use “why” to find the essence of something undesirable, such as the root cause of a behavior we would like to change. In business, this is known as “Five Whys.” You look at a problem to be solved and analyze the contributing factors layer by layer, until eventually you find something at the base that can be changed. It may actually take you more or fewer than five steps to get there.

The ‘Five Whys’ process with a sample problem in health:

  1. Write down the problem.

    Be as specific as you can.
    ex. Problem: I have a habit of eating half a bag of potato chips when I get home from work.

  1. Ask why you take this action

         Why? Because I am starving.

  1. What is this a symptom of?

    At this stage you probably uncover a symptom, not the real problem. So…

         Why am I starving? Because I skipped lunch.

  1. Again you have a symptom or a contributing factor

          Why did I skip lunch? Because I didn’t have time, or I thought I was saving calories.

  1. Aha! You may have found your answer.

    Your body needs fuel, and because you are tired at the end of a day, you grab what is easy and comforting.

Possible Solution: Eat a healthy lunch.

Finding the root cause of a problem does not guarantee an easy solution. You may need help finding or creating a solution. This is where sitting down with a supportive friend or family member or even a medical professional can help.

TMC Wellness Programs have nutritional and activity consultations available to support you in your journey, as well as a Weight Loss Support Group. Check our weight management programs out today.

An update from Mary Kmak as she approaches 100 pound weight loss!

ImaynotbethereyetHappy October readers!

First, I would like to mention October is Breast Cancer Awareness month & anyone battling breast cancer or any family members my thoughts & prayers are with ALL of you.

Keep positive and FIGHT! NEVER GIVE UP! My Mom had breast cancer & had a radical mastectomy, 2 recurrences with one spreading to her ribs & she beat it with her Faith, determination, current treatments & excellent doctors. KEEP going, BEST of luck & good wishes.

September went well with a five pound weight loss despite having bronchitis for the past 10 days. Life gives us these bumps in the road, but with patience & time we overcome them. This makes my total loss 93 pounds and I WILL hit my 100# loss this month and YOU my loyal readers will be the FIRST to know!

Other than a little lingering cough I’m back on the mends & will resume my exercises this weekend. My physical went well & my A1C (The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and then to gauge how well you’re managing your diabetes.) continues to come down and I’m in the 5 percent range compared to 6.4 when I started the first wellness class with TMC. These next three months I will be posting more alternatives, NEW Fall/Winter recipes I will be trying & “healthy snack fill ups” rather than the unhealthy sugary ones! For those of you following my story won’t you join me this season and lose weight rather than fall into the statistics of gaining five plus pounds during the holiday season?

Let’s do this together get healthier and LIVE WELL! I will also post my current picture on TMC for Women’s facebook when I hit my 100pound weight loss this month. You will see my face NOW that’s behind the shadow of my PROMISE picture!

Sincerely,

Mary

To find out more about the programs offered by Tucson Medical Center that have helped Mary please check out the Live Well program.

To read more of Mary’s story check out Mary’s Promise.

Breast cancer survivor: You don’t have to go through this alone

VanessaWomen'sCampaign1Vanessa Buck was at a WalMart last October, standing near the shoe section, when she received the call from her primary care doctor that her breast biopsy had come back positive for cancer. Minutes later, she was in her car, overwhelmed and having a good cry as questions raced through her mind. What does this mean? How far advanced is it? How will it impact my family? How will I get through it?

Turns out, she was far stronger than she thought she might be – in part because she was firmly held by the faith in God and the love and compassion of others.

The 47-year-old substitute teacher and church fellowship director drew support from family, friends, church, school, and health care providers. Strength came through gestures big and small.

The staff at the TMC for Women Breast Center, for example, took turns holding her hand during the biopsy. Her primary care visit typically includes a hug.

After her double mastectomy, her family had meals for three weeks straight from community members dropping off dinner.

From loved ones, she also received mugs with positive mottos, a rose plant that is still making a go of it in the front yard, and a necklace she wore to every chemotherapy session because it features a photo and birthstones of her three children, ages 11 through 16.

“I think it changed a little of my focus. Relationships have always been a priority for me, but this experience just really helped me hone in on what’s important in life,” said the Tucson native, who makes her home in Corona de Tucson.

What’s important is not that her hair grew back after chemo the same slate color and same curly texture, instead of the red and straight hair she jokes she was kinda crossing her fingers for.

It’s that when her extended family sits down at gatherings, there is a new gentleness with one another instead of a focus on political differences. It’s that when she gets together with a support group of women who have been through cancer, they can joke that reconstruction means they can finally have “the girls” they always wanted.

PhotoContestBFFIt’s that others have helped her navigate the unfamiliar world she was entering, whether it was questions about wigs or bras or makeup classes to learn how to draw eyebrows on. “You don’t have to go through this alone. There are people out there who are going to love you and help you through this. You just have to look.”

Some of that strength also originates from within.

Vanessa Buck A Breast Cancer Survivor: You don't have to do this alone“You have to be real about these things and take life for what it is, but at the same time, I have to be happy in the moment,” she said. “Joy is a choice. Happiness is a choice. I can’t live on what-if’s. And really – worrying isn’t going to add any more time to my life.”

Karen Narum, the women’s health care nurse practitioner at the TMC for Women Breast Screening Clinic, said the willingness of survivors to serve as resources for others is a huge blessing to the community. “I can tell women they’ll be fine and that they’ll get through something, but seeing someone else who has had that diagnosis, stand up and say, ‘Look at me. I’m OK,’ that’s just so much more powerful.”

Buck said she hopes to return the favor, planning to volunteer to provide support to cancer patients. “I just feel strongly that I’ve got to pass this on, and I’m excited to see what happens next,” she said.

“As long as I have life, I have purpose.”

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Women’s health screenings: A “date” with better health

MakeadatewithhealthKarenWomen’s health needs change with age.

The frequency of pelvic exams and mammograms, for example, changes throughout the life cycle. In one decade, you may find yourself wondering about folic acid, while in another, you’re concerned about osteoporosis.

When should you get a shingles vaccine?

What about a colon cancer screeing?

In short: How to keep track of the guidelines?

Karen Narum, nurse practitioner at the TMC for Women Breast Screening Clinic, will help break it down in a conversation on Thursday, May 28 to help women (and the men in their lives) navigate preventive health measures they should take through the decades. The 90-minute conversation starts at 1 p.m. at The Core at La Encantada.

“Sometimes you may hear you need a certain screening at a certain age, but there isn’t a lot of information about why you should,” Narum said. “These screenings are important for prevention. There are certain things we don’t have control over, but there are others that when caught early, can make a huge difference.”

“We’ve been given this awesome machine. We should take care of it – and that’s why ultimately, these screenings are about quality of life.”

Narum noted that these guidelines are just that: Your own healthcare provider will help provide important guidance, given your own health care history and needs. The good news is that most preventive screenings are now covered under your insurance plans.

Narum’s discussion is part of a series celebrating national Women’s Health Month at The Core, which included discussions on everything from hormone therapy to yoga, nutrition and financial fitness.

OhBabyBrookeHerStoryInstagramThe culminating conversation, “Oh baby! What you need to know to keep your new family healthy and well” will take place Friday, May 29 from 2 – 4 p.m., featuring Brooke Casebolt, a registered nurse who is the director of patient experience at TMC for Children.

Registration for all events, as well as information about ongoing fitness classes and other lecture series, can be found at The Core at La Encantada’s website. For more information, please call 324-CORE (2673).

Making HerStory – Whether a woman is having her first child or a life-saving surgery, she deserves a welcoming and safe environment with state-of-the-art services and a caring touch. Making HerStory is the campaign for the new Joel M. Childers, M.D., Women’s Center to make this environment a reality at TMC for Women and in our community. 

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Second chance helps retiree stay healthy

VernettaHerStoryVernetta Jarvis lives a charmed life, disguised in a series of health irritations that evolved over the past year, right after retiring from a CPA firm.

First she pinched a nerve in her arm playing with her dog. After eight weeks of physical therapy, she was good as new.

Then came a stomach infection. Antibiotics patched her right up after three weeks.

And then she received a call about her routine mammogram. The surgeon saw a good deal of calcification in the breast tissue that looked suspicious. “I have had call backs before, so I was absolutely confident that everything would be fine.” And in fact, the biopsy did come back fine.

Even so, the surgeon recommended removing the tissue, given that the cells could turn into cancer. Vernetta agreed, figuring it was best to take the prudent course and not have to worry about it.

In the process of surgery, however, it turns out she had cancer in the outer margins that wasn’t captured in the biopsy.

“It was such a shock,” recalled Vernetta, 66. “It took a day or so for it to sink in: You’ve got cancer and you have to do something about this.”

A year before, Vernetta’s mother had a similar experience, finding cancer on the outer margins on her biopsy, and she opted to have the double mastectomy. But Vernetta chose instead, with consultation from her doctors, to do a lumpectomy and radiation.

“The big C word carries a lot of fear with it, but I’ve adopted a saying from an old friend: ‘I don’t care what I get, as long as it can be fixed.’”

Since it was so early and wasn’t in the lymph nodes, no chemotherapy was required. And her family was very supportive and calm, acknowledging she had a plan to address it.

The surgery was done at TMC, in the new surgical suites. That experience, along with her experience in the TMC for Women Breast Screening Clinic, was positive, she said. “Everyone was very nice, very accommodating. They just seemed to care about you.”

Although there was some fatigue associated with radiation, she’s rebuilding and getting ready to resume tending to her backyard rose bushes, as well as doing the sewing and needlework she enjoys.

Vernetta said she hopes women take advantage of preventive measures like mammograms. “It’s such a simple thing to do and you have such better chances of catching it early when it’s treatable, and when doctors can say, ‘It’s easy. We can do this together.’”

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Paralympian Lisa Czechowski on Facing the Challenge of Preeclampsia

paralympian Lisa Czechowski, TMC for WomenAs a Paralympian in the sport of goalball, Lisa Czechowski is used to conquering challenges.

Although she is legally blind, that doesn’t stop her from throwing her body down on a hard court floor to block a ball, lobbed at a speed of up to 30 miles an hour and outfitted with bells, before the other team can make a goal.

She’s so good at the sport, she was part of the Paralympic team that won the gold in 2008. And she’s a silver medal winner in discus, which helps explains her strength and speed in throwing the goalball. Her husband, Jake, is no stranger to pressure himself, as the national team’s assistant coach.

But the challenge of an early delivery of their first baby was one that they had never encountered before.

One June 30, 2014, the athlete had anticipated having a routine day of running errands, including picking up a comfy rocking chair as a finishing touch for the nursery. Instead, when she and her husband went for their 36-week prenatal checkup, they found her blood pressure inordinately high. Lisa had preeclampsia. The only cure for preeclampsia is delivery of the baby and left untreated it can have serious, even fatal consequences for mother and child.

The couple rushed to the hospital without even having the exam. For her safety, Baby Jay would be induced that day.

By nature, the 35-year-old Lisa is a planner – and this was not part of the plan. Thoughts raced through her head: What would an early delivery mean for the baby? How was labor going to go? Who would take care of the dogs at home while she and her husband, Jake, were at the hospital?

TMC for Women, lisa Czechowski, goalball, paralympian“As first-time parents, we had a lot of questions,” Lisa recounted, especially since the baby wanted to take his time and seemed to have no interest in meeting the world just yet. “What really helped is that everyone we dealt with, from the nurses to the lactation consultants, were supportive and knowledgeable.”

The care staff also worked hard to accommodate her visual needs. They walked Lisa through the procedures as they were happening so she wasn’t surprised if they touched her, for example. And since Lisa is very sensitive to light, the nursing staff taped down the light switch so no one could come in the room and accidentally flip it on. “Those little things were really so important to help me during a time of such uncertainty.”

What else helped? The USA Women’s National Team was in Finland playing at the World Championships. Jake laughs at recalling his wife demanding, “Check the score!” between contractions.

Jay came at 5 pounds 10 ounces and is doing great. He’s a calm, mellow baby who will get lots of love from Jake’s nearby brother, with Lisa starting her new season and the couple anticipating traveling again for tournaments.

Lisa has advice for other first-time parents. “Be patient. Ask for help. You have tremendous resources here at the hospital, so don’t be afraid to tap into their guidance and knowledge. And finally, love your gift!”

Making HerStory – Whether a woman is having her first child or a life-saving surgery, she deserves a welcoming and safe environment with state-of-the-art services and a caring touch. Making HerStory is the campaign for the new Joel M. Childers, M.D., Women’s Center to make this environment a reality at TMC for Women and in our community. 

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Pregnant? 10 Reasons why you should take a childbirth class

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You can find everything on the internet nowadays! Right? Well, not quite. While there is a wealth of information out there, there is no substitute for Childbirth classes. Margie Letson, one of our wonderful childbirth educators shares 10 reasons why a childbirth class trumps the internet every.single.time.

1.        Overcome Information Overload. 
Expectant couples want to know what is accurate and important information – not the waterfall of rumors, outdated information and irrelevant details that can overwhelm anyone surfing the internet.

2.       Comfort Techniques Hands-on Practice. 
The best way to master comfort techniques is through actual practice with the actions that coaches can use in labor, which makes the coach much more effective in labor support.

3.       Benefiting the Birth Partner (Coach).
Knowing what to do to help; the laboring mom and understanding the birth process makes the coach an active advocate for mom during labor. The coach can ask questions that mom may be unable to ask, such as benefits, risks and alternatives to hospital procedures.

4.       Birth Plans.
Couples learn their options as a consumer, and how to be active participants in their birth experience.  Couples taking classes are strong advocates for family-centered birth.

5.       Classes Bring Partners Closer Together.
Taking a class as parents-to-be helps a couple’s relationship by building communication skills and self-confidence for birth and parenting.

6.       Breathing Techniques and Position Changes.
Just reading about breathing techniques does not do the trick. Hands-on practice gives mom valuable experience with techniques to decrease discomfort, speed up labor and feel in control.

7.       Decrease Cesarean Rate.
Knowing when to go to the hospital, techniques to encourage labor to progress, understanding what is normal and what are the warning signs – all can help decrease fear and lower the chance of cesarean birth.  Failure to progress is the number one reason for cesarean.

8.       Meeting Other Expectant Parents.
Couples in childbirth classes make connections with other expectant mothers and their birth partners. They can share their concerns and joys, face to face. They can all learn a lot from each other.

9.       Enhanced L&D Tour.
The facility tour in the context of childbirth class is a deeper, more detailed discussion of the hospitalization and birth experience. TMC also offers regular tours for the public, but they are designed to accommodate any expectant families, children, grandparents and others who wish to see the maternity facilities.

10.    Prepared Childbirth. 
The day you have your baby is a day you will never forget. Classes reduce fear of the unknown and let couples focus on the joy of the birth experience. Though you can’t ‘control’ birth, taking classes will help you feel prepared and supported to make your treasured memories of the birth experience.

Want to sign up for one of our Childbirth classes with Margie or another amazing childbirth educator? Check out all the different types of classes, set up to accommodate different schedules.

Preventive Screening Helps Local Woman with Cancer Prevention

monica stopping breast cancer in it's tracksIn the 30 years that Monica Kealey has been a cosmetologist, she has supported a number of clients through bouts with cancer, whether lending a sympathetic ear or shaving their hair to give them more control over the hair loss that may accompany chemotherapy treatment.

She knows cancer can be a formidable opponent, so she’s been faithful to her No. 1 strategy to be her own best health care advocate: Routine screenings.

“Early detection is so important,” said the 53-year-old West Side resident, who has been going to the TMC for Women Breast Screening Center for annual mammograms for the past six years. “Like any other kind of health issue, your best chance of treatment is when you find something early.”

Monica, who is self-employed, found the clinic six years ago at a time she couldn’t afford to purchase insurance, but made too much to qualify for financial assistance programs. The TMC Breast Health and Education Program provides free screenings – 316 in 2013 – for uninsured women by using grant funding from the TMC Foundation and other community partners.

Even though Monica has since become insured, she stayed on at the clinic and received a call back from her April 2014 mammogram, asking for additional imaging after staff noticed a change from previous screenings. After more imaging, the doctor suggested a biopsy to rule out or confirm early signs of cancer.

The biopsy was painless and quick, with staff bringing her a warm blanket and keeping her adult daughter, waiting in the lobby, apprised of how the procedure was going. “It’s such a great team in there,” Kealey said. “I just felt very cared for – you don’t feel like you’re part of a cattle call. It’s very welcoming, but it’s also very efficient at the same time. You’re in, you’re out.”

Karen Narum, the women’s health care nurse practitioner who serves as a navigator at the Clinic, said she and her staff follow a simple rule: “We know the patients and their families are scared and anxious, so we treat them the way we would want to be treated.”

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The staff called to check in on how she was holding up while waiting for an answer back on the biopsy, but Monica is a positive woman. “I know some people freak out when they hear the word ‘cancer,’ but I stayed positive and prepared myself that if I did have it, it would be something I’d have to deal with. But I think it’s really important to stay positive from the beginning and then, when you have the actual results, you move forward with a plan.”

Monica had a complex sclerosing lesion known as a radial scar. She was advised that it should be removed to prevent a possible malignancy from forming over time. Kealey did her research, wrote down a number of questions for the doctor, and was comfortable with the answers back. The surgery was over in 25 minutes and Kealey credits the surgeon, Dr. Kelly Favre, with such fine incisions that her healing was rapid. She missed just two days of work.

“I’m so thankful for the awesome team at the TMC Breast Center. They are a hidden treasure in Tucson,” Monica said, adding she shares the need for early detection when she can. “I have people in my chair tell me they’re in their 60s and they’ve never had a mammogram!” she said, noting their biggest concern is they think it will be painful. “Everybody is different, and sure, it might be a little tender, but the way I look at it, it’s over in just a few minutes and it could save your life.”

Although Monica now shares her experience, she kept it to herself initially. “I didn’t tell very many people about what I was going through because I didn’t want to hear horror stories about what happened to others. I knew I was going to have my own story – and I feel very fortunate.”

Make HerStory donation buttonMaking HerStory – Whether a woman is having her first child or a life-saving surgery, she deserves a welcoming and safe environment with state-of-the-art services and a caring touch. Making HerStory is the campaign for the new Joel M. Childers, M.D., Women’s Center to make this environment a reality at TMC for Women and in our community. 

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Know the symptoms – Heart Attacks in Women

Ask a group of women if they know what the chance of getting breast cancer in their lifetime is, almost unanimously they will answer 1 in 8 women.  They have heard that statistic over and over and have it committed to memory.

However, ask the same group of women what their chance of being diagnosed with heart disease in their life is they sit quietly.

Heart disease affects 1 in 3 women

Women view heart disease as something that happens to men, not them.   How often do you see a woman clutch her chest and fall to the ground on a TV program or commercial?  Very rarely.   Work and family are often prioritized over a woman’s own needs.  Why don’t we place ourselves in the number one slot?  Women are traditionally in the role of caregiver, and therefore her needs are minimized.  If a woman has a heart attack she is less likely to seek help—she doesn’t want to be a bother.

Women may have different signs and symptoms of a heart attack and not the chest pain we often see on TV.  Signs and symptoms may include:  shortness of breath, nausea, arm pain, jaw pain, back pain, heartburn.

The message? Know your body and get help when something is not right.

Tips for Heart Health

  1. Balance your life

    Eat a proper diet, get regular exercise, relieve stress, and meet your spiritual needs

  2. Ask questions

    When you are at a doctor’s appointment (make an appointment if you haven’t seen a physician in awhile) ask questions
    -What is my blood pressure? (Normal is less than 120/80)
    -What is my total cholesterol? (Normal is less than 200)
    -What is my good cholesterol? (Normal is >65)
    -What is my bad cholesterol? (Normal is <100)
    -What is my blood sugar? (Normal is less than <100)

  3. Do not avoid the doctor

    Avoiding the doctor because you are afraid of the answers to these questions.  Information will help you make a plan.  If something is too high you have the opportunity to make it better before it is too late.

  4. Take the Life’s Simple 7 quiz

    Go to American Heart Association’s website at mylifecheck.org and take the Life’s Simple 7 quiz.

  5. Be the first in your family

    Whether at home, at work, or in your group of friends to initiate a conversation about women and heart disease. Open dialogue equals increased awareness.

  6. Age healthily.

    Stop focusing on what was and plan for tomorrow. An article on ABC News titled “Secret to Active 80s? Fitness-Heavy 40’s” is a great start. The general gist? It’s is never too late to start a fitness program.

  7. Children learn from example.

    We owe it to our kids, grand kids, nieces, nephews, and neighbor kids to show them what healthy living means.

“Miracle baby” comes after 66 days of bed rest

Hospital Bedrest, Making HerstoryWhen Jennifer Hayes’ water broke at 22 weeks, she knew it could prompt premature labor and jeopardize her baby.

Doctors from Obstetrix Medical Group, who specialize in high-risk pregnancies and are affiliated with Tucson Medical Center, steadied her for the reality that labor could be imminent – and even if her baby pulled through, she could have severe complications. The news was devastating.

JenniferMakingHerStoryWhen the 37-year-old was placed on strict bed rest at TMC for Women on June 2, 2013, she prayed she could stave off labor for at least a few days to bide more time. She never could have predicted Tatiana would come into the world a remarkable 66 days later.

It wasn’t easy. Aside from the constant rounds of blood tests and pelvic exams and monitors, she was on antibiotics to prevent infection, steroids to help her baby’s lungs mature and hormone shots. With five children at home, ranging from 4 years of age to 16, Jennifer’s family stepped in to help care for them in her absence.

JenniferH2a“It was hard because I wasn’t with my family, and even though I wasn’t sick and I felt perfectly fine, I couldn’t get up and walk around,” Jennifer recalled. “I was used to exercising and chasing the kids around, and now I had to lie down all the time and I had to be wheeled everywhere. I felt totally incapable of everything and that’s a bad feeling when you’re used to doing so much.”

She was also extremely worried: She had lost a baby girl to a premature delivery before she got pregnant with Tatiana.

The staff did everything they could to make it easier.

They brought a small refrigerator into her room, so she could have cheese or fulfill her craving for Jell-o. They brought her an ipad so she could stay better connected. They would bring her treats, and knew her likes so well that they would order her meals for her if she was out for testing. They gave her tips on their favorite anesthesiologists or who did the best IV administration – and they helped the self-described hypochondriac stay grounded by assuring her that no, it wasn’t likely she had dengue fever.

Jennifer4HerStoryShe watched movies, read books, and chatted with the staff to while away the time. And because her window faced out into the parking lot, she was always the first to know which doctors were on shift. The doctors and nurses even threw her a baby shower.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people all the way around,” she said, adding she has remained Facebook friends with many, and continues socializing with others. “If you had doctors who didn’t care and ho-hum nurses, it could have been a very long 66 days, but the support I got from everybody just made it that much easier for me.”

When Tatiana came on September 6, she was four pounds, three ounces and breathing on her own.

A happy baby, Tatiana is now in the 96th percentile for height and the 59th percentile for her weight. “I had gone through a loss already, so I am just so grateful to have every day that I have with her, and I really just appreciate every single stage she’s going through,” Jennifer said.

“There are all kinds of statistics about how badly things can go but there really is hope. She’s so healthy, I couldn’t be happier. It’s the perfect outcome.”

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Make HerStory donation buttonMaking HerStory – Whether a woman is having her first child or a life-saving surgery, she deserves a welcoming and safe environment with state-of-the-art services and a caring touch. Making HerStory is the campaign for the new Joel M. Childers, M.D., Women’s Center to make this environment a reality at TMC for Women and in our community. 

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