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Holistic Heart – Your Health Coach Molly Griffis

If only you could have your own health coach! Someone who could cheer you on and support  you in achieving your healthy best…but that’s only for celebs and the fabulously rich, not mere mortals like you and me, right?

Not so! Tucson Medical Center’s satellite wellness center, The Core at La Encantada, offers individual health coaching with Molly Griffis RN.

As a holistic health coach trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a University of Arizona Nursing School graduate, Molly is a health care advocate and consummate cheerleader. She’s your wellness ally working with you to become the best, most healthy and happy versions of yourself.

Molly’s experience includes acute-care nursing and stroke program coordinator at Tucson Medical Center. Inspired by the amazing potential of disease prevention and health maintenance through lifestyle choices, Molly made the switch more than a year ago from hospital and sick care to wellness and preventive care.

Make an appointment with Molly – Call 520-324-2673

Why meet with a health coach?

“There are simple changes people can make toward health, but often these simple things are extraordinarily difficult to do on your own, without adequate information and consistent support. This is precisely where health coaches like myself come in! ”

Molly’s Healthy Dozen – to prevent stress, excess, inflammation and illness:

Recently Molly spoke with Gina Murphy-Darling of Mrs. Green’s World and shared her top 12 healthy living tips:

1. Let food be thy medicine!

Eat a RAINBOW of real whole foods including green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, fruits especially berries, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. On the other hand, reduce your consumption of conventionally raised animal meat and dairy products, commercial baked goods, fried foods, highly salted foods and white sugar.

2. Drink more water

Drink more water and less sugar-laden beverages, soda, caffeine and alcohol.

3. Just keep moving!

Participate in regular physical activity that you enjoy.

4. Get in those zzzzzz’s

Get consistent quality and quantity of sleep.

5. Plan and prioritize

At the beginning of the day create a list of things you need to do, set reasonable priorities, ask for help when necessary and, if possible, say “NO” to tasks that will overwhelm you.

6. Take time to slow down

Find your personal peace and calm. Lessen your stress by turning off large and small gadgets (TVs, computers, phones, etc..).

7. Just breathe!

Focus on your breath, and find your personal calm & relaxation through meditation, prayer, music, art, journaling, cooking, gardening, reading a good book, yoga or tai chi.

8. Nature

Go outside, enjoy a healthy dose of sunshine, savor the fresh air and touch the earth.

9. Dogs, cats and children

Dogs, cats and children are three of the BEST stress reducers. Connect with them as often as possible.

10. Channel your inner child

Smile, laugh, sing, dance & play more

11. LOVE!

Love yourself and others. Take time to connect with positive relationships on a daily basis. Share your achievements as well as your disappointments with your good family/friend. Minimize time spent with negative individuals.

12. Aromatherapy

Try stress reducing essential oils: lavender, ylang ylang, frankincense, clary sage, bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, peppermint, rose, aroma life, patchouli, sandalwood, Roman chamomile, valor, spruce, palo santo, cedarwood and geranium.

Call the Midwife – Meet Maya Adams CNM, MSN

For more than 34 years, even before the opening of Tucson Birth Center in 1982, midwives have been helping women deliver their babies at Tucson Medical Center. Today, we continue to partner with the midwives of the Tucson Birth Center and El Rio Congress to provide the only option in Tucson for women to give birth with the support of a midwife with admitting privileges in the hospital setting.  

We celebrate National Midwifery Week with a focus on midwives and the powerful role and impact they have in the evolution of our services for women and the community. Each day we will meet one of the El Rio amazing midwives serving our community.

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Meet your midwife: Maya Adams CNM, MSN

Maya was born in Wimbledon, England, but lived abroad because of her father’s oversea’s work (He was from Lebanon and spoke Arabic). Maya’s mom is from Yuma and Tucson, where Maya’s grandparents lived when Maya was growing up.

Grandparents in Yuma meant that while Maya and her family lived overseas, she spent her summers in Yuma. Which might seem like the wrong time of year to be visiting the desert, but it didn’t deter Maya.  She moved to Tucson when she was 16, about 29 years ago, but has moved in and out of Tucson over those 29 years, living in Tucson on and off for a total of 16 years.

Maya has been practicing midwifery for the past five years at El Rio Birth and Women’s Center.

What do you love about being a midwife?

“I love being able to help women and families through the process of becoming parents for the first time or for the third, or the fourth time! Helping people find their own strength and potential is how I see this process. Also working with people in their own health care is an honor…Because midwifery is the best job in the world!”

What is the impact of having midwives involved in hospital birth? What would you like to see more of in the future?

“Simply put, I would like to see people treated as individuals and have care that is formulated to their needs. I think the fear people have in delivering their babies in a hospital setting is being treated the same as all others. Midwives bring that individualized care to people, but it is something that could be done by other providers and emphasized in the hospital setting.

What question should expectant mothers ask themselves when considering whether a midwife is the right choice for them?

“It is always important to review the woman’s health status and if they have any issues that makes care from an OBGYN or MFM more appropriate. And then some women prefer the more medical aspects of care – more interventions and technology, and they may be better suited for OBGYN care. Women should ask themselves if they want more time with their provider and if they want to have the option to review their questions and concerns. If so they should at least interview a midwife to see if it is the type of care they want.”

What gives you the greatest joy in your work?

Witnessing the birth of a family. Empowering women to take their own health care into their hands.

Updates to our labor and delivery rooms have focused on providing a pleasant, welcoming environment. How do you think the environment impacts the birth experience?

We have received feedback that that rooms are nice. It is always helpful to have an attractive area to be when in labor or for healing in general. Environment has a huge effect on healing  – Florence Nightingale knew this over a century ago!!

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Call the Midwife – Elizabeth Ribbeck, DNP, MN, MA, RN, CNM

For more than 34 years, even before the opening of Tucson Birth Center in 1982, midwives have been helping women deliver their babies at Tucson Medical Center. Today, we continue to partner with the midwives of the Tucson Birth Center and El Rio Congress to provide the only option in Tucson for women to give birth with the support of a midwife with admitting privileges in the hospital setting.  

We celebrate National Midwifery Week with a focus on midwives and the powerful role and impact they have in the evolution of our services for women and the community. Each day we will meet one of the El Rio amazing midwives serving our community.

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Meet Elizabeth Ribbeck, DNP, MN, MA, RN, CNM

How long have you been practicing midwifery?

“10 years 2 months.  I have enjoyed sharing the precious moments of birth with families at University of Texas Medical Branch on Galveston Island, Salem Health with Willamette Health Partners Midwives, Royal Commission for Jubail, and now TMC with El Rio Nurse Midwives!

Elizabeth moved here in December of 2015 and says this about working at El Rio.  “When searching for a midwifery practice, I looked for the best team to join and was captivated by both the nature and the amazing team here.”

How do you think midwives impact the practices at hospitals?

“Midwives in the hospitals help keep birth normal, and help personalize the birth experience.  We are great team members with our fellow nurses and interdisciplinary team members.  In the past I have served on two previous hospital OB/GYN peer review boards that helped set standards for better maternal child outcomes.”

What should expectant mothers ask themselves when considering if a midwife is the right choice for them?

“How do you envision your birth? What kind of health care partners do you think will give you the best support as you learn about, plan, and make decisions for your pregnancy and birth?”

What gives you the greatest joy in your work?

“Pregnancy, birth and becoming a parent is a journey in which we often traverse changing circumstances and challenging situations, and I enjoy supporting women and their families as they navigate through. My favorite part of birth is seeing baby tucked comfortably into mom’s arms.

When asked about the birthing environment at TMC, Elizabeth said this,  “I love the way the light comes through the windows and the lovely pink bougainvillea stretch up toward the cacti in the skies.”

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Elizabeth was born in Oregon, but her mother and extended family is from Arizona. She is an avid marathon runner and speaks Spanish. She has three children — Amin, Fatima, and Barakah. And those letters after her name? Elizabeth has a Doctorate in Nursing Practice, Masters in Nursing, a Master of Arts, and is a Registered Nurse and a Certified Nurse Midwife. 

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Call the Midwife – Shelley McGrew, CNM

For more than 34 years, even before the opening of Tucson Birth Center in 1982, midwives have been helping women deliver their babies at Tucson Medical Center. Today, we continue to partner with the midwives of the Tucson Birth Center and El Rio Congress to provide the only option in Tucson for women to give birth with the support of a midwife with admitting privileges in the hospital setting.  

We celebrate National Midwifery Week with a focus on midwives and the powerful role and impact they have in the evolution of our services for women and the community. Each day we will meet one of the El Rio amazing midwives serving our community.

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Meet Shelley McGrew, Certified Nurse Midwife

Shelley was born at TMC and grew up in Oracle, AZ. She lived and began her work with pregnant and birthing women in NYC from 1986-1999, returning back to AZ and have been here since.

“I have been a CNM for two years. I became a massage therapist specializing in perinatal massage in 1990, then became a labor doula and childbirth educator for many years. In 1997 I became an RN and worked for many years as a labor & delivery nurse before finally realizing my dream and becoming a midwife at age 50.”

Why did you choose midwifery?

“Midwifery is about being with women through their lifecycle – supporting normalcy with evidence-based care – providing education and resources so they can be empowered in their own health. What could be better?!”

What do you love about being a midwife?

“Empowering women – supporting them as they discover their own strengths. From contraception to childbearing to menopause.”

What impact do you see of having midwives involved in hospital birth?

“Midwives contribute to TMC being in the top 10 hospitals in the nation with the lowest cesarean rates. Being part of the amazing team of nurses and doctors at TMC allows us to provide midwifery care to women with diverse backgrounds and needs.”

What would you like to see in the future?

“I’d like to see even more physical and policy support for natural and low intervention hospital births.”

Is a midwife is the right choice for me?

“Do you have any health issues that need OB or perinatologist care? Are you planning a vaginal birth?  What type of birth experience are you hoping for?”

At both the Birth Center and in TMC for Women’s remodeled rooms there is a focus on environment, what and how do you feel this aids women in birthing?

“A peaceful environment helps women relax, feel safe and have privacy which facilitates the birth process. I appreciate TMC’s policy of allowing women to have who they choose with them at their birth without external constraints – this autonomy is important and is culturally sensitive.”

 What gives you the greatest joy in your work?

“The look of joy & accomplishment when a woman meets her baby. I also love it when the dads cry.”

Call the Midwife – Greta Gill, MSN, CNM

For more than 34 years, even before the opening of Tucson Birth Center in 1982, midwives have been helping women deliver their babies at Tucson Medical CenterToday, we continue to partner with the midwives of the Tucson Birth Center and El Rio Congress to provide the only option in Tucson for women to give birth with the support of a midwife with admitting privileges in the hospital setting.  

We celebrate National Midwifery Week with a focus on midwives and the powerful role and impact they have in the evolution of our services for women and the community. Each day we will meet one of the El Rio amazing midwives serving our community.

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Meet Greta Gill, Master of Science in Nursing, Certified Nurse Midwife

Greta Gill, Director of Midwifery at the El Rio Birth and Women’s Health Center and the El Rio Congress Health Center moved to Tucson in 2008, but has been practicing midwifery for the past 16 years.

Why did you choose midwifery?

“I became a midwife because I wanted to join the profession which maintains the ancient tradition of women helping women.

As a midwife, I start from the belief that pregnancy is a normal part of a woman’s life. Most women are a well and need support, guidance and education instead of high tech medical interventions. The wellness model is a hallmark of midwifery care and we as a profession excel in prevention.”

Is a midwife right for me?

“In selecting any provider, a health care consumer should evaluate whether a partnership can be formed. It is also important that women feel they have adequate time with their provider to receive education and guidance.”

What impact do you see of having midwives involved in hospital birth?

“Midwives have worked alongside nurses and physicians to make maternity care more family-centered, personal and safe.”

What gives you the greatest joy in your work?

“I am continuously in awe of women’s strength and courage. It is my privilege to witness their love and dedication to creating new families.”

At both the Birth Center and in TMC for Women’s remodeled rooms there is a focus on environment, what and how do you feel this aids women in birthing?

“Choices for women are important. Birthing is an intensely physical process that can be impeded by stress and anxiety. Every woman has an idea about what she needs to feel safe and comfortable. TMC is working to provide a wonderful menu of options.”

Greta is originally from Richmond, Virginia, but moved to Tucson in 2008.  She states that “Midwifery is more than a job to me. It is my calling and my way of life. I am honored to carry on the tradition of women helping women and be in service to others. I value every woman who trusts me with her health care.” 

She has three children, all brought into the world by midwives (Her youngest was delivered by Sue Ann at TMC so she can tell you firsthand that you will be well cared for by the midwives!). 

Going Gluten-Free Together -Letty’s Story

The prompt for many people to talk with their medical providers about whether they may have a problem with gluten is often digestive concerns. For Letty, it was ongoing chronic nasal allergies and fatigue. Letty shares with us that one of the biggest challenges in following gluten-free sometimes has nothing to do with gluten at all.

LettyGFHow long have you been gluten-free?

I have practiced gluten-free living for 2 years now, off and on.

What prompted the decision to become gluten-free?

I suffered from chronic nasal allergies and fatigue so I wanted to get to the bottom of my symptoms. After researching the issue, I saw a medical professional and they recommended I have blood tests to determine what I was allergic to. Sure enough, wheat, yeast, oats, etc.  After the initial food elimination experiments I saw the correlation.

I originally attempted being gluten-free because of my symptoms and now my husband and I are practicing gluten-free together. The benefit for him is amazing! He has lupus and now that we have worked to eliminate gluten his flare-ups have lessened, he has lost weight and his “foggy” mind has improved.

3. What have you found to be the greatest challenge associated with being gluten-free and why is it a challenge?

There is temptation at every corner! I admit there are days I live in denial. Especially with the holidays, I find myself “cheating” at times and paying the price. My initial struggle was getting my family on board with my decision to live a gluten-free lifestyle. I wasn’t asking them to change their habits entirely, but I still felt they didn’t truly see how it affected me and played my symptoms off as stress or weather-related.

4. What most surprised you to find out it had gluten in it?

Well after this foodie’s heart was broken in discovering many foods had gluten, I was amazed that drugstore items can also contain gluten  makeup, medication, shampoos, and lotions were an interesting find.

Letty, a self-confessed foodie, is also a mom, an ASL interpreter and a student. Letty doesn’t have a lot of spare time for time-intensive recipes. Below she shares a simple, no fuss recipe for a gluten-free meal that her family enjoys.

“Being Hispanic, tacos are my go-to-meal when in a hurry. I like to get creative, and I love to make calabacitas (Mexican squash) as a side.”

CURRY CHICKEN TACOS

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb sliced chicken breast

1/2 yellow onion

1/2 red pepper

Seasoning: salt, pepper, garlic powder, curry, paprika, chile powder

Corn tortillas (Mission brand) or  gluten-free tortillas (Rudi’s)

PREPARATION:

Grill or sauté chicken with the onion, peppers, & seasoning.

CALABACITAS

INGREDIENTS:

2 Mexican squash

1 Yellow squash

1/2 yellow onion

1 tomato

2 roasted green chiles

1 can of “mexi-corn’ (corn w/peppers)

1/2 cup cheese

Seasoning: salt, pepper, gluten-free chicken stock/bouillon cube (Massel)

PREPARATION

Chop everything up into bite sized pieces, and throw it into a pot, cover the lid. When tender add the cheese then serve.

This Sunday Tucson Medical Center hosts the Gluten-Free Awareness Expo organized by the University of Arizona Gluten Free Club. The Gluten Free Awareness Expo will be held at TMC’s Lifegain Park, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 17 – no charge to attend.  Lifegain Park is on the north side of the TMC campus, a short distance behind the new Orthopaedic and Surgical Tower.

If you suspect that you have a gluten sensitivity please see your medical professional to assess your risk for celiac disease.

Hello, It’s Nice to Meet You – Catherine Crawford RN

We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the first women only surgical center in Southern Arizona – The Joel M. Childers Women’s Surgical Center. The center focuses on delivering gentle, specialized care for women undergoing surgery. Take a moment to meet Catherine, part of the dedicated staff caring for our community’s women. 

 Where are you from?
I was born in San Diego and moved to Tucson in 1969.

What do you love about Tucson?
I love the smell of the desert after the summer rains. The people in Tucson are so nice and even though it has grown it still has the feel of a small town.

When you’re not at work, what do you do for fun?
I love to sing. I am involved in my Church choir and I sing on the Praise Team. I also love to go biking with my husband and friends.  I am blessed with  wonderful peeps and enjoy going to dinner with them and our husbands on Friday nights. I love to travel and see my son perform professionally in Musical Theater Productions in New York and throughout the country.

What is the best aspect of your job?
I love working in women’s surgery. We work as a team and support each other in giving our patients safe care.  I feel it is such a priviledge to be a Nurse and to provide our patients with the care and respect they deserve.

What would you like women to know about the center?
When you are scheduled on our unit for surgery  all of the staff makes it a priority to give you safe care and to meet your needs. Our staff prides themselves in making each patient feel like they are the only patient we are caring for. It is the best place in Tucson to have any kind of women’s surgery.

I feel it is so important to educate women on the importance of getting yearly gynecological exams.  There is so much health information we can obtain from our gynecologists at our yearly appointments. I know there is some fear associated with these appointments because of the unknown but if we can educate women at a earlier age regarding what happens at these exams I know there are some diagnosis we can diagnose earlier and even some we can prevent.  Education is the key when it comes to Women’s Health Issues.

Hello, It’s Nice to Meet You – Denise Murphy RN

This year we celebrate the 25 anniversary of our dedicated women’s surgery unit, The Joel M. Childers Women’s Surgical Center, the first of its kind in Southern Arizona. Denise Murphy is part of the surgical staff dedicated to providing a safe, private and caring environment for women undergoing surgery.
Where are you from? Tucson native or not? How long have you been in Tucson?
I was born and raised here in Tucson.  I attended Flowing Wells HS and attended nursing school at PCC.
What do you love about Tucson?
I love the desert weather and landscape.  My favorite time of year is monsoon season.  I always love the way the desert smells after a good rain.
What do you do for fun?
Most of my family lives here in Tucson.  I enjoy getting together with family and friends regularly. (family dinners, playing bunko etc.)  I also have three children and most of our weekend activities are centered around what they have going on.
What do you love about your job?
I started working in the Women’s Surgical Center back in 2000.  What I love most is that our staff is like a family.  We enjoy coming to work each day and we care about each other.  This translates into the care we deliver to our patients.  I also love the fact that what we do makes a difference to someone each day.  We operate on people everyday and for us it is second nature, but for someone who has never had surgery before this may be the scariest day of their life.  I take pride in the fact that I can help them through that.
What would you like women to know about the center?
Because of the nature of the surgeries performed in our department, our staff focuses on maintaining privacy for our women and delivering a more intimate level of care.

In regards to women’s health, it is important for us as women to educate ourselves about our bodies. Also, as a mother, we need to educate our children about their bodies and encourage them to ask questions. As we get older, it is important to go to your doctor for regular gynecological  exams and continue getting preventative care.  We know our bodies better than anyone, if you notice a change, do not hesitate to follow-up with your doctor.

What would you tell your 18-year-old self, 25-year-old self, 35-year-old self?
18-year-old self – I was starting college at this time.  I would tell myself to keep going to school, but to slow down and enjoy your youth a little more.

25-year-old self – I was married and was about to have my first child at this age.  I would tell myself to have a little more confidence in who I was.  Not to be so concerned with what I thought others were thinking.

35-year-old self – By this age, I had three children and had been an RN for 11 years.  I have actually enjoyed my 30s.  It is about finding peace with who you are and how you choose to live your life.  Using that confidence you wish you had in your 20s.  I would say – good for you!

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Hello, It’s Nice to Meet You – Chris Beier RN

A warm smile, gentle care, and sincere compassion is what Chris Beier R.N. is dedicated to providing each of her patients at the Joel M.Childers MD Women’s Surgical Center. Chris is part of the all female nursing staff that provides the sense of privacy, gentle care and confidentiality that are the crucial underpinnings of a center created specifically to serve women’s needs. This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Joel M.Childers M.D. Women’s Surgical Center, the first dedicated space for women’s surgery in Tucson.

Meet Chris.

Where are you from? Tucson native or not? How long have you been in Tucson?
I am a Tucson Native and have lived here for 26 years

What do you love about Tucson?
I love the Mountains that surround us and the beautiful sunny weather. I personally like the fact that we do not have an elaborate freeway system like Phoenix. That’s what gives Tucson a small town feel to me. I am also a proud University of Arizona College of Nursing graduate. The U of A gives Tucson an identity and attracts many people from all over the world to come to our beautiful sunny campus and town.

What do you do for fun?
I enjoy exercising outdoors, country music concerts, and going to any U of A sporting events!

What do you love about your job?
I truly love working with women of all ages. Women’s surgery at TMC is such a unique unit and each staff member here can truly relate to our patient’s sentiments about their gynecological issues and surgical interventions that they may receive. The team here at Women’s Surgery strives to provide each surgical patient with a warm smile, gentle care, and sincere compassion.

What would you like women to know about the center?
At TMC Women’s Surgery you are not just another surgical patient. You are a strong courageous woman with an identity to us. We realize that female surgery is never something any woman wants to do, but when certain female conditions affect our day to day operation we often find ourselves vulnerable and fearful of how our bodies will react to surgery.  The best thing about TMC Women’s surgery is that we can all relate to your sentiments, and give you peace of mind about what to expect before, during, and after surgery. We make it a point to call every patient the next day to make sure they are doing well and answer any questions or concerns they might have. As a patient in women’s surgery you will never feel alone. Our all female nursing staff will protect your privacy and provide you with one on one nursing care until you are awake and physically stable. We will walk you through the surgical experience step by step and never leave your side.

What area of women’s surgical procedures are you most excited about?
I am particularly interested in diagnostic laparoscopy for infertility. I want women to know that it is minimally invasive and can provide you and your physician with valuable information to help figure out why you may be struggling with infertility. The recovery time can vary from 4-7 days depending on your body.

 What would you tell your 18 year old self, 25 year old self, 35 year old self?
I would tell my 18 year old self that routine gynecological exams are very important as I head into young adult hood and college.  If something does come up that is abnormal with my routine screening, women’s surgery can provide a safe effective out- patient surgical procedure to address the issue.

I would tell my 25 year old self to not fear laparoscopy or miscarriages because they are often common at this age and you will be surrounded by female nurses that can relate to what you are feeling and going through.

I’m not 35 yet but if I were I would tell myself that heavy painful periods can be safely resolved by getting an endometrial ablation but only if you are finished having children.

Hello, It’s Nice to Meet You – Karen Narum

Karen Narum of TMC's Women's Health Breast Center

Karen Narum is part of the wonderful team at TMC for Women Breast Center. Karen and the team at the Center use full-field digital mammography system as well as ultrasound and minimally invasive stereotactic biopsies. There are even on-site pathologists ensure quick delivery of test results. Meet Karen.

Where are you from? Tucson native or not? How long have you been in Tucson?
I am a Tucson Native.  Actually, I lived in a small mining town just west of Marana named Silverbell.  It is now a ghost town but was a great place to be a kid!

What do you love about Tucson?
I think I love the people of Tucson the most.  No matter where I go I always seem to run into someone I know.  You can look people in the eye and smile and get a smile back.  Of course I love the sunsets and the mountains as well.

What do you do for fun?
Our family fun is usually centered around whatever my boys are doing, water skiing, racing…I also love to curl up with a good book.

What do you love about your job?
I am so fortunate to work with a wonderful group of women who are passionate about everything they do!  I enjoy the interactions with our patients.  I feel blessed that my position with TMC allows me time to educate, listen and guide patients through what is often a scary time for them and their families.

What do you want all women to know about breast health? About the center?
The greatest risk factor for acquiring breast cancer is having breasts.  The majority of women who are diagnosed have no family history.  That said, PLEASE continue to get regular  screening mammograms.  Researchers continue to work on other options, but at this point in time, mammography is still our best tool for early detection.   I think the TMC Breast Center is a bit of a hidden gem.  We are a small group of ladies that have worked in the field  for many years.  I love it when patients tell us we fell like a family, because that is exactly what we are.  It’s not uncommon to see and /or receive hugs!  It’s really simple, we treat patients the way we would want and expected to be treated.

 What would you tell your 18 year old self, 25 year old self, 35 year old self?
Hmm… this one was hard.  I would tell my 18 year old self to enjoy, time goes by way too fast, don’t be afraid to indulge in the little adventures that may come your way.    At 25 I had a baby at home, how badly I wish I would have kept a journal to help preserve the details of all those precious moments that I thought I’d never forget.  At 35 I was on the verge of being the mother of teenage boys…listen carefully, the house will never, ever be as clean as you think it should be quit wasting your time!