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Beginner’s Guide to Self-Love I began sharing my journey of self-love with you last month. In March, I’m continuing the topic with the sincere hope that sharing a piece of my life will inspire you to show yourself love, kindness, and compassion! When I used the word “journey” to describe my process of learning to care for myself, it was inadvertently a very appropriate word choice! The word “journey” in English comes from the Old French word “journée,” which meant a “day’s length; day’s work or travel.” I’ve found that self-love isn’t a one-time deal. It has to happen every day, and I have to work to make it happen every day. As Midwesterners, we pride ourselves on hard work in every arena, from work to leisure. That dedication to hard work leaves little time for self-care, and it can lead to us feeling selfish for wanting to take time for ourselves. But as Lucille Ball said, “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” Let’s be crystal clear: Caring for yourself is not selfish! Looking back at the last year, I didn’t have a clear plan of how to care for myself. However, many of the things I did are the first steps I would recommend to those beginning their self-care journey. First, figure out why you want to care for yourself. I wanted to reduce stress and enjoy a happier life. Once I vocalized and connected with my why, the how came easily. Your why may be different. Jot down a few things that you want for your life. Second, surround yourself with like-minded people. When I take a look at those closest to me, I see that our top priorities are the same…and that one of them is self-care. It’s so important to create an environment that will support you, from reading motivational books and blogs (and Women’s Edition magazine) to finding people who will encourage you. I affectionately call my like-minded friends my “Fit Fam” because we highly value our health, wellness, and relationships. My Fit Fam recently completed a 30-day clean-eating challenge together. When brownies were calling my name, my Fit Fam motivated me to stay strong! Finally, start small. This is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix, so take it slow and steady. I recommend carving out five minutes each day to sit still and breathe. Find a tall back and relax your shoulders. Notice the sensation of your breath. To start this practice, I set an alarm on my phone as a reminder to take a break, and I set a five-minute timer to make sure my break wasn’t too long. This month, make self-care happen. Start tiny by sitting for five minutes in silence each day!
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9 Zodiac Forecast This month will radiate blissfulness in the personal and professional aspects of your life. Love will also develop because of the planetary influences.
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30 The Market Place
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33 Kids Comments Our lives require transitions. For some, these transitions are difficult; for others, they are easily made. I think change is primarily a good thing.
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What’s Trending for Spring 2017 Easy, Wearable, Fun Fashion By Holly Bell
Every spring, designers flood us with their takes on new trends. (Every year, some of these new trends are suitable for the Midwest and some are definitely not!) Here are some of my favorite new or updated trends that should inspire some shopping. New khaki. This utilitarian fabric has been around for ages, and we have taken it for granted. This year, designers have figured out new and innovative ways to make this basic material stylish. Look for a shirt-dress; a long, softly gathered skirt; or a jacket that will be in your wardrobe for years. Innovative color. Think yellow is too bold a color for you to wear? Think again. For spring and summer 2017, there will be an option for everyone who wants to wear this optimistic color. Hollywood celebrities are definitely leading the storm on choosing yellow to stand out in a sea of black. With a vibrant green as the Pantone color of 2017, some exciting color choices will also include romantic, polished emeraldgreen along with the more casual vibe of olive tones. Sorbet shades will also be important as we go into summer. Fill up on tangerine and tart raspberry. Spring is looking very sweet, indeed. And guess what? Sorbet colors look fabulous with yellow! Interesting shoulders. Designers have been crazy about the cutout shoulder for a few seasons now, and I still love it. Showing the shoulder is genius—it’s sexy without being too revealing. This spring, a lot of one-shouldered detailing will be seen, along with some strategically placed shoulder cutouts and embellishments for maximum impact. As a nod to the 1980s (“Flashdance,” anyone?), you will be tempted by generously cut necklines on tops that just happen to fall off one shoulder. Fresh sleeves. Last year, it was all about the sweet, feminine, and still important flutter sleeve. This year, designers have added a new
INNOVATIVE COLOR dimension with the slit sleeve. Whether slit from the shoulder, creating a cape-like effect, or slit from the elbow, allowing the sleeve to float behind the arm, this sleeve treatment is undeniably a fresh silhouette. Fold-over waists. Remember the “paper bag” waistlines? To jog your memory, it was a waistline that gathered with some fabric left on top that created a ruffle. Cute, but not really for everyone. This year, there is a great new waist treatment to try: the fold-over waist. With this look, the fabric folds over at the waistline to create an effect that looks sort of like a smooth peplum or a wide belt. It is actually quite flattering and hides a tummy. Don’t be intimidated! Try it on. Oversized trench coats. A trench coat is a wardrobe essential for those of us living through unpredictable spring weather. You’ve probably had one for years…and it’s probably time to update it. The ankle-length, slouchy, big-buckled trench coat looks new this year. Of course, the favorite color will be the new khaki! Shining on. We all love to bring a little shine during the holidays, and it’s always a little sad to put away our sparkles after the holiday season is over. Not true this spring! Shimmery, shiny, glitter will keep us glowing for spring 2017. Flower power. Florals are a given as we move into spring, and every floral fabric has a different tale to tell. The floral story this season is whimsical, punchy, and fun. It also comes mixed with cartoonish shapes and, a bit surprisingly, fruit. Black backgrounds create an edge to the florals and tempt us to wear them even while the weather is still cold. Go ahead! Pair your floral print with some boots and an oversized cardigan, jean jacket, or leather jacket. Your look will brighten up the darkest of days. Nautical inspiration. Hey, sailor! Nautical-inspired looks always make me smile. Every year, designers figure out ways to make it look fresh again. From blue and white stripes to double-breasted blazers, nauticals look good on everyone and make me feel like going on vacation! Look for nauticals that are paired with some of the new trends, such as slit sleeves or fold-over waistlines. Athleisure. I was slow to get on board with this trend. Now that I am, I understand it fully. Every facet of sporting style has gone mainstream. From long jersey tops to track pants, athleisure is here to stay. To keep from looking sloppy, be sure that clothing in this style fits beautifully. Mixing it with non-sporty pieces will kick it up a notch. I hope you feel inspired to get out there and find some exciting new trends to update your look for 2017. Editor’s Note: Holly has been in the fashion industry for over 30 years as a buyer, boutique store owner, visual merchandiser, and fashion show producer. She is currently the owner of a modeling agency. Holly regularly appears on local TV doing fashion segments. WE More information at www.carolinerose.com March 2017
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Happy birthday, Pisces! This month will radiate blissfulness in the personal and professional aspects of your life. Planet Venus is influential in enhancing your vitality and personal charm. Love will also develop because of the planetary influences. Embrace emotional strength, which guides you through domestic and psychological matters this month. You have strong independence, which leads you to succeed in business. Aries (Mar 21–Apr 19) Create your own reality and future this month. Designate any free time to mapping out your goals. Engage in humanitarian activities; this also is where the single Aries may find love. Taurus (Apr 20–May 20) House of career is powerful this month. You may notice much growth in your professional life. Remember to be patient when dealing with others. Gemini (May 21–June 20) Do not be afraid to take bold, independent actions this month! Your professional ambitions will dominate. The reward for hard work will be many achievements. Cancer (Jun 21–July 22) House of family will be joyful this month. Recent success in your career will bring forth many positive financial outcomes. Remember to take breaks to maintain your physical and spiritual well-being. Leo (July 23–Aug 22) There may be a change in your professional life, mainly to suit your career requirements. House of others is powerful; your social skills will be useful. Virgo (Aug 23–Sep 22) This is a month of change and transition
for Virgo. Be ready to face any modifications that are necessary to achieve happiness in your life. Libra (Sep 23–Oct 22) Your social circle is going through a transition. You find yourself networking with people in the areas of leadership, fine arts, fashion, and spirituality. Scorpio (Oct 23–Nov 21) Social interaction is essential to accomplishing your goals. Collaborate with others! It is time to be ambitious in fulfilling your plans and commitments. Sagittarius (Nov 22–Dec 21) This may be the time to plan your professional objectives and prepare a strategy on how to achieve them. Make any necessary changes to follow through. Capricorn (Dec 22–Jan 19) House of family is dominant and full of bliss this month. The planetary position of Saturn could lead to some confusion in romantic relationships. Use patience to clear up misunderstandings. Aquarius (Jan 20–Feb 18) House of self is dominant this month. Your interests shift to passion and sensuality, and you seek out others for the intellectual aspects of life. WE
Lions and Lambs and Feasts Galore! By Kate Beiting
Chicken Wings with Apricot Pepper Glaze For the wings: Place 2 pounds of prepared chicken wings on a lightly oiled baking pan. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake for 45 minutes at 400 degrees. For the glaze: Melt 2 Tablespoons of butter on low heat. Add 2 cloves of minced garlic and one fourth of an onion, grated. Cook for 3–4 minutes. Add one-half cup of apricot jam, 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of paprika, one-fourth cup of water, and 1 seeded and chopped jalapeno. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. When the wings are done, put them in a large bowl and toss them with the apricot pepper glaze. Irish Soda Bread In a large bowl, mix 4 cups of all-purpose flour, 4 Tablespoons of sugar, one-half teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 Tablespoon of baking powder. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of buttermilk with one egg. Add it to the flour mix, along with one-half cup of soft butter. Mix well. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead several times. (You can add one-half cup of raisins and 1 Tablespoon of caraway seed, if desired.) Form the dough into a round loaf. Brush with one-fourth cup of melted butter mixed with one-fourth cup of buttermilk. Cut a large cross on top of the
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on hand. Stir well and continue crumbling. Simmer for 20–25 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns, with slices of dill pickle, sliced cheese, and chopped onions. Loose meat can be kept warm in a slow cooker until ready to serve, if desired. Serves 12. Scalloped Cheese Potatoes Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Add 3 Tablespoons of flour and cook for 1 minute. Add 2 cups of milk and cook for 4–5 minutes, until thick. Add 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and remove pan from heat. Parboil 4 peeled potatoes for 10 minutes. Cool and slice the potatoes. Place the sliced potatoes in a greased casserole dish and pour the milk mixture on top. Add salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with another one-half cup of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Easy Sauerkraut Bread Mix the package of yeast and flour from a box of hot roll mix. Add 1 teaspoon of caraway seed and blend well. Stir in 1 cup of drained sauerkraut, 1 cup of hot water, 2 Tablespoons of soft butter, and 1 egg. Mix for 2–3 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead for 4–5 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes, then place dough in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Brush the loaf with egg wash. Bake at 375 degrees for 35–45 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on rack. Great for Reuben sandwiches or with a corned beef dinner. Old-Fashioned Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner Remove the corned beef from the package (flat cut is less fatty) and place in a large stockpot. Fill the pot with water (about
2 quarts). Add a cup of beer or apple juice if you want. Turn on high and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to simmer, add 1 chopped onion, and cover the pot. Let it simmer for 3 hours. Add 6 scrubbed red potatoes. Cut a head of cabbage into eight pieces and put them on top of the corned beef. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with rye bread and mustard-horseradish. Use the leftovers to make Reuben sandwiches the next day! Barbecued Ham Sandwiches (Note: You can use 2–3 cups of prepared barbecue sauce instead of making your own.) Lightly grease a slow cooker. Put 2 pounds of sliced deli or cooked ham into the cooker. Stir together 1 cup of water, 1 cup of barbecue sauce or chili sauce, one-fourth cup of ketchup, one-fourth cup of brown sugar, one-fourth cup of Worcestershire sauce, 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar, and 2 teaspoons of prepared mustard. Pour the sauce over the ham. Cook on low for 4–5 hours. Serves 10–12. Baked Fish Peel 4 potatoes. Boil for 10 minutes, then cool and slice. Place the slices in the bottom of a greased 9x13-inch baking dish. Slice one fourth of an onion and put the slices on top of the potatoes. Pour one-half cup of milk over the top. Season four pieces of white fish (cod, pike, or halibut) with a blend of one-fourth cup of flour, salt and pepper as desired, one-fourth teaspoon of onion powder, one-fourth teaspoon of garlic powder, and a dash of cayenne. Place the fish into the baking dish. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of grated Parmesan over the fish and pour another one-half cup of milk on top. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, or until fish flakes. Serves 4. WE
Lexus of Lincoln Elevating the Dealership Experience By Jodi Fuson
At Lexus of Lincoln, they want to delight their customers while helping them with the buying process. That means going beyond their customer’s expectations, explains general manager Greg Dorff. A new program that started last June, called Lexus Plus, embraces the idea fully. Based on its record of customer loyalty and satisfaction, Lexus of Lincoln is one of a handful of the 230 Lexus dealerships across the country to be asked to pilot the program, Greg notes. The concept is simple. First, it features upfront pricing, which removes the need for negotiating. “We’ve determined in advance what the best possible price is for the customer,” Greg explains. Second, Lexus Plus emphasizes a single point of contact when a potential buyer walks in the door. Buyers are no longer approached by a salesperson, then handed off to a manager, and then passed along to the financing people to wrap up the paperwork. “When someone comes into the showroom, they work with one individual specialist,” continues Greg. He describes his sales specialists as ambassadors who are available to help customers make a buying decision. “It takes away the pressure of sales,” he adds. Cassandra Sitzman is one of the dealership’s sales specialists. Cassandra was on the other side of the fence as a customer two years ago, when she bought a pre-owned Lexus. She says she was treated like a queen. Now, she helps customers find the right vehicle for them. It is her job to educate her customers, she says. “It’s fun to enlighten them and give them options that they may not have considered while finding them a better value that fits their needs and budgets,” she explains. She likes the new Lexus Plus program because she says it flips the paradigm of car sales. “It’s more customeroriented,” she explains. “Now we spend more time where it’s important—getting to know our guests and assisting them with their vehicle needs.” Once Cassandra helps her customers find a car, she familiarizes them with it. Then she guides them through the paperwork, which is a much more streamlined process than in the past. The upfront pricing means there are no surprises with the paperwork, and there are no documentation fees. “We’ve looked at the process through the customer’s eyes,” Greg explains. The dealership staff strives to do everything in a manner that respects and shows appreciation for the customer’s time. In addition, Greg adds, if a customer wants to trade in a vehicle, Lexus of Lincoln will happily appraise the vehicle and write the customer a check on the spot. Lexus of Lincoln offers both new and pre-owned
Lexus vehicles for sale. If a customer comes to check out the Lexus line and decides that a Lexus is not what she’s in the market for, Lexus of Lincoln can also hook her up with one of its sister dealerships in the Baxter Auto of Nebraska group. Anyone who purchases a vehicle from Lexus of Lincoln receives a 3-day, 300-mile, no-questionsasked buy-back guarantee privilege. Cassandra says the guarantee helps customers adjust smoothly to the purchase of a vehicle. “The bottom line is that we want our customers to be happy,” she shares. “We want them to be completely satisfied with their purchase and their experience at the dealership.” Before customers leave the showroom, Lexus of Lincoln specialists make sure to get all of their questions answered. Specialists can explain the vehicle’s features, like the navigation system, voice commands for making phone calls, and Lexus Safety System Plus. Cassandra tells her customers that she’s just a phone call away after the sale. “Not only do you get the vehicle, you get someone to answer your questions,” she shares. Cassandra praises the service team, characterizing them as honest, upfront, and helpful. “Anything to make it convenient for our customers, they will do it,” she says. Greg adds that the dealership has removed all shop fees, so the customer will not be surprised by the final bill. Competitive prices and qualified sales consultants are what it comes down to at Lexus of Lincoln, along with a desire to do things right the first time, Greg says. “We try to find value by being valuable, by being a resource for people,” he shares. “Our goal at Lexus is to give people an experience that they rave about, long after the sale.” Lexus of Lincoln is a full-service Lexus dealership that has been serving Lincoln since 2004. The dealership is currently located next to Baxter Toyota, at 6500 Telluride Drive. This fall, they will be moving to 38th Street and Yankee Hill Road, just southwest of the SuperTarget. To get in touch with them, call 855-416-9874 or visit www.lexusoflincoln.com. WE
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About Those New Year’s Resolutions The Aftermath By Sharon Knierim
A couple of months have passed since many of us pledged to do better in our endeavors, to be better people, or to exercise more control over our physical and mental beings. We may now be suffering the consequences of not following through as well as we had planned. Meanwhile, others seem to be enjoying the sweetness of success. When we make resolutions, we have to be careful not to overextend our good intentions. The cessation of smoking tobacco and overeating are two very common resolutions for the New Year. If you have smoked in the past or do so now, you likely know how hard it is to stop. Some people try to eliminate this habit slowly, while others rely on substitutes such as chewing gum or medical patches. Hypnosis is also sometimes attempted. For some smokers who have QUIT, stopping cold turkey seems to be the best bet. It seems that the resolve itself is more important than the method. If you’re trying to quit smoking, good luck to you. If you’re supporting someone in her effort to become a former smoker, offer encouragement but don’t overdo it. Remember, smoking is addictive (just like eating potato chips), and the smoker is actually trying to escape the use of tobacco while reprogramming her personal life. Whatever you do, don’t nag a smoker who is trying to break the habit. If you nag, guess what? That struggling
soon-to-be ex-smoker will just light up again because of the extra pressure. Don’t be preachy! The health benefits of quitting smoking are undeniable. However, when you kick a bad habit, you have to take care not to replace it with a different bad habit (like trading smoking for overeating). With the dropping of a bad habit, new habits and interests can emerge. Many ex-smokers find extra time on their hands, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. This transition is a time for really important decisions. Many ex-smokers turn to crafts or exercise and have greatly benefited. Some turn to increased internet browsing, with less beneficial results. If helpful, offer the ex-smoker constructive ideas. Was a diet on your list of resolutions this year? Again, this requires not only a change of habit but a change of mind-set. Why do so many of us end up overweight? It’s true that heredity
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and things like gland problems can help tip the scales, and aging is no friend to controlling weight (or weight distribution). But why do many of us overeat in the first place? Some people eat when they’re upset, or when they’re bored. Some people have trouble deciding when they’re full. Some people just can’t resist the pull of delicious morsels. After all, who ever woke up at midnight to snack on celery and carrots? That’s right—nobody. We’re looking for those chocolate chip cookies on the third shelf of the right-hand cupboard, just behind the big round box of oatmeal. Understanding food and the food industry is important when you’re trying to lose weight. Fast food allows us to dine out for weeks without ever thinking of the pots and pans in our kitchens, so it’s easy to pack on the pounds. But beware, home cooks! Just because a meal was prepared at home, it is not necessarily good for you. You may find yourself reading labels in the supermarket, attempting to understand calories, carbs, fats, and sodium. There is plenty of confusion over what is a good carb and what is a bad carb. Do you know the difference between saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fats? Coupled with eating more than we should, understanding the food pyramid and all these technical terms is enough to make us give up. Not so fast! Seriously losing weight requires determination and willpower. Everyone has habits they would like to break. That’s because we’re human and we have foibles. If you are attempting to change or break a habit, make sure you plan what to do in the aftermath of your success. Ask yourself what you want to achieve. Make plans for the new you. Investigate compelling and interesting ideas, and follow through on those plans. In fact, looking forward to new interests may “take the heat off” of worrying about losing pounds or curtailing smoking. Someone recently told me that when he quit smoking, his senses of smell and taste returned, and he promptly started overeating. One overeater who had trimmed down began smoking to fill his snack time. If this is the aftermath you’re facing, don’t beat yourself up. You’ve changed one bad habit—you can change another. At the beginning of the year, you made the decision to change for a reason. Only you can do it. Do it for yourself and those who love you. You can do it. I know you can. WE
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Interiors by Design
Smart Moves Sell Your Home Quickly with a Savvy Game Plan
By Robyn V. Powell
Whether you’re moving across town or around the globe, selling your home can be very stressful. Keeping your home show-ready and vacating on short notice week after week can be challenging enough. Add kids and pets to the equation, and stress levels can go into overdrive! The best strategy to sell your home quickly, and net the best price, is to arm yourself with a smart go-to-market plan that ensures your home is properly marketed, shows well, and is priced correctly. When the time comes to put your home on the market, it will be ready to outshine the competition, and you’ll have an offer in no time. Your home may need a little TLC before you sell it. Keep in mind that not all home improvements are created equal; bank on the ones that will reward you the most. When deciding which improvements to make, think up-keep rather than up-grade. Priority one is ensuring that your home is structurally sound and that all systems—plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning—are in good working order. Roof, siding, and foundations should be checked for leaks. A poorly maintained home raises red flags for buyers—they won’t care how beautiful the kitchen is if there’s a puddle of water standing on the basement floor. The added costs of repairs can cause buyers to shy away, even from an otherwise appealing home. Proactively making repairs eliminates having problems discovered during a formal inspection, which can delay or even derail a sale.
According to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, available on the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) website, replacing a roof had the highest return on investment (ROI)—a whopping 105 percent. You’re unlikely to make your money back if you’re renovating just to sell, so think twice before doing a costly kitchen or bathroom remodel. For the best short-term payback, cosmetic changes make the most sense. New sinks, faucets, hardware, and energy-efficient stainless appliances are upgrades that add value without breaking the bank. A coat of fresh paint, in a light neutral tone, is a cost-effective way to breathe new life into a dim space. New light fixtures can brighten and update your home. Don’t forget to look down! Replacing worn or stained carpet is a relatively low-cost improvement that can go a long way toward making your home more appealing. Hardwood floors are a highly valued feature by today’s buyers. If you are lucky enough to have existing hardwood floors under installed carpets, pull up the old rugs and let your wood floors shine. ›››
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According to the NARI report, refinishing hardwood is the one interior upgrade with a 100 percent ROI. Adding new hardwood is a close second, with a 91 percent ROI. People like to visualize themselves living in a new home, so de-clutter and de-personalize as much as possible. Put away personal photographs and collectibles. Consider hiring a stager. Stagers view your home from a buyer’s perspective and are experts at making small changes that can have a big impact. By removing, rearranging, and sometimes adding items, stagers can help show your home in its best possible light. Look for a realtor with a track record of successful sales in your neighborhood who will promote your home through all sales channels, including online and social media. Most buyers start their search online and decide which homes they want to see based upon photos. Interview several realtors, and have a checklist prepared. Do they hire a professional photographer? How they will assess your home’s value? It’s tempting to go with a realtor who suggests the highest price, but here’s a word of caution! Today’s access to public information via the internet enables buyers to quickly assess a home’s fair market value. Pricing your home correctly is a critical decision. An overpriced home will linger on the market and undergo price reductions, which may lead you to settle for less than you would have if the house had been priced correctly in the first place. Curb appeal is everything! You only get one chance to make a first impression. Buyers often drive by a listing before deciding to book a showing. If your home doesn’t appeal to a buyer from the street, you’ll never get them through the front door. Make your home inviting. Paint your front door, trim shrubs, freshen mulch, and add a splash of color with seasonal flowers. Experts agree that a home listing will get the most attention during its first 30 days on the market. After the initial flurry of activity, a home listing becomes stale, traffic slows, and a property can languish on the market for months— often resulting in a price reduction. To avoid this pitfall, get your home ready for market before you list, and sell your home in no time! Sources for this article included: www. consumerreports.org, www.nari.org, and www.realtormag.realtor.org. WE
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Reclaim Your Excitement Vaginal Rejuvenation for Enhanced Intimacy By Monica L. Davis
Although we might not talk about it much, many women in the middle and later stages of life experience a decrease in sensation and satisfaction during intimacy. Some of us would call the experience downright painful! There are many reasons for this, including the hormonal changes that accompany aging, the physical changes caused by childbirth, or a significant weight loss. If you have noticed these changes in yourself and are no longer satisfied with your intimate experience, don’t despair. Many treatments can help you regain your spark. Childbirth, aging, and significant weight loss may cause the muscles of the vaginal area to become stretched out, resulting in less sensitivity during intimacy. As we age, our tissues naturally become less elastic, so it’s harder for them to bounce back. Procedures such as vaginal reconstruction or vaginal rejuvenation can tighten the vaginal muscles. Vaginal procedures can also alter the physical appearance of the genitals, should you so desire. Vaginoplasty uses a laser as a scalpel to remove excess vaginal tissue and tighten the muscles. The procedure may take up to two hours. Recovery may be as long as several weeks of healing before intimacy can be re-introduced. By week six, the stitches are typically dissolved. Following a postoperative visit with your surgeon, you will be cleared for normal sexual activity. Many women seek vaginal reconstruction to address issues inside the vagina. Some women are also concerned with the external
portion of their genitals. Surgical procedures can address this, as well. For example, if you feel that your labia are too large and are getting in the way of enjoying intimacy, you might consider a labiaplasty. This procedure removes extra tissue to change the size or shape of the labia. Typically, this short outpatient procedure can be performed under general anesthesia, with a relatively short recovery time. Doing your research is essential! Find a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has vast experience in vaginal reconstruction. You might also want a board-certified gynecologist who has additional training in urogynecology. Results from vaginal reconstruction typically will last a lifetime. If you want some vaginal rejuvenation but are shying away from surgery, you might consider vaginal rejuvenation with the Juliet laser treatment. This procedure uses a laser to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the body. The Juliet treatment reverses the
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signs of aging and childbirth and may also treat stress urinary incontinence and vaginal dryness. Although some women commonly need two or three treatments, the Juliet procedure only takes 15 minutes—with no recovery or downtime! ThermiVa is another non-invasive treatment for vaginal rejuvenation. The technique uses a handheld probe to deliver controlled thermal energy. The heat contracts the tissues and encourages collagen production, which assists with tissue and nerve healing. The results are a rejuvenated vaginal area, less vaginal dryness, less urinary issues, and enhanced intimacy. The ThermiVa procedure is conducted in three separate treatments over the course of a few months. Most patients find the treatment comfortable—some patients have even reported falling asleep during the procedure. Because the procedure requires no incisions, there is no recovery time. Patients can resume normal activities, including intimacy, immediately after each treatment. Optimal results typically develop a few months following the treatment, and most patients require a maintenance session only twice per year. If you are a woman battling decreased sexual desire, you may have noticed that there are not a lot of products on the market targeted toward women’s intimate needs. The O-shot (yes, that’s “O” for “orgasm”) is designed specifically for women. The O-shot is a non-surgical procedure that stimulates a woman’s intimate desire. This procedure extracts platelets from the patient’s own blood. The platelets are then placed in a syringe and injected just inside the vaginal area, near the clitoris. (An anesthetic cream is applied to the area prior to the injection.) The platelets act as a stimulant to grow new cells, making the vaginal area more sensitive to touch. The overall effects of the O-shot typically last a minimum of 18 months. Check with your insurance company to see what may be covered for these procedures. If you are experiencing symptoms such as a reduced desire for intimacy, pain during intimacy, or urinary incontinence with otherwise good health, you are most likely a good candidate for vaginal rejuvenation. Sensuality and intimacy are very important parts of life. Don’t let insecurity or awkwardness keep you from happiness and satisfaction. Sources for this article included: www. livestrong.com, www.webmd.com, www. smartbeautyguide.com, www.vwhcare.com, and americanhealthandbeauty.com. WE March 2017
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Donâ€™t Take a Chance with Colon Cancer Proactive Measures Can Save Your Life
By Linda Barnes
Did you know that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in both men and women in the United States? An estimated 95,520 new cases of colon cancer will be found this year. For women, the chances are 1 in 23 that we will develop colorectal cancer during our life. The good news? Prevention and early detection greatly increase the chances of curing colorectal cancer. Prevention involves limiting the risk factors that are within our control. There are some risk factors that are beyond our influence, like getting older (canâ€™t stop that!), family history of colon cancer, African-American or Jewish heritage, and personal history of inflammatory bowel disease. However, being overweight, being inactive, and eating a low-fiber diet definitely increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer, and we can control these things. Maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and modifying our diets (perhaps with the help of a dietician) can make a real difference. We can also lower our risk for colorectal cancer by not smoking, by consuming alcohol only in moderation, and by avoiding the development of type 2 diabetes. If our best efforts at prevention fail, it is good to know that early detection is our next best bet. Early stage colon cancer is much more treatable (often, curable!) than cancer at a later stage. The reason we have to be proactive is that early colon cancer rarely warns us with symptoms.
When a condition has vague symptoms (or none at all), itâ€™s easy to miss. Luckily, science and technology come to our rescue with non-invasive lab tests or colonoscopy, where the physician actually can see and remove polyps that might be cancerous. During a colonoscopy, tiny polyps are removed and sent to pathology. If they are pre-cancerous, their removal is actually preventing the development of colon cancer! If a polyp does turn out to be cancerous, steps can be taken immediately to treat the cancer. Staging helps determine treatment. For early stage cancer, surgery might be in order, through either a traditional abdominal incision or a less invasive laparoscopic technique using several small incisions. At times, chemotherapy may be utilized to shrink the cancer before surgery. Other times, chemo might follow surgery to ensure that all cancer cells are eradicated. A specialist in colon cancer treatment can determine the best course for each patient. Gastroenterologists are specialists who treat disorders of the digestive tract. They may prescribe a non-invasive lab test
as a screening procedure or if you are experiencing unusual bowel symptoms. These might involve sending a stool sample to a laboratory. One such test detects the presence of microscopic blood in the stool. Another detects blood cells but also DNA mutations associated with certain abnormal growths. Your specialist may recommend and perform a colonoscopy, which is considered the gold standard for diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. A newer and less invasive procedure is virtual colonoscopy, also known as colonography. With colonoscopy, a tube with a camera is inserted through the rectum, which allows the doctor to see the interior of the entire colon. With virtual colonoscopy, a smaller tube is inserted and a series of CT scans are taken, creating detailed images that can show polyps or other irregularities. Your doctor can help you decide which procedure is best for you. Traditional colonoscopy requires some light sedation; the virtual procedure does not. Virtual may identify problems (outside the colon) that traditional does not. However, if polyps are found, they can only be removed during traditional colonoscopy.
Preparation for either procedure is the same…and it’s likely the worst part. The colon must be completely cleaned out, so you’ll need to spend a couple of days preparing before your procedure. For most people, the actual procedure is a breeze. Doctors recommend that everyone have one of these procedures at age 50. If you have a strong family history of colorectal cancer, you might start earlier. If you have any bowel symptoms, such as bowel changes, rectal bleeding, dark stools, or abdominal pain, don’t take a chance—have them checked out. Sometimes a slow loss of blood isn’t noticed in the stool, but it can cause anemia, which comes with significant fatigue. An early diagnosis is definitely reason for hope. A precise combination of treatments can cure early stage colon cancer up to 95 percent of the time. Do what you can to reduce your risk through measures that you can manage. Then make sure you take advantage of the appropriate screening tests, whether taking a stool sample or undergoing a colonoscopy or other tests your doctor recommends. In the case of colorectal cancer, being proactive can absolutely save your life. Sources for this article included: coloncancerfoundation.org, www. fda.gov, www.mayoclinic.org, and www.cancer.org. WE
The Comforts of Custom Homes Make Your Home Uniquely Yours By Karen Collins
When you hear the word “home,” does your mind wander off to a place in your dreams? If you simply can’t find an existing home or home plan that satisfies your needs and wishes, custom home building may be the answer. The term “custom home” may sound extravagant—and it can be—but “custom” has more than one definition when applied to construction. For example, a custom home may be built with what is known as “universal design,” to make it suitable for multi-generational households. This might include wider doorways, an absence of stairs, or state-of-the-art monitoring systems specifically for disabled homeowners or elderly homeowners who plan to age in place. A young family may choose to build a home to their specifications based on the phases their family will go through over the next 20 years. Executives who frequently entertain in their homes would have completely different criteria. Even tiny homes are being custom-built these days. More than anything, a custom home is personal. The build time for a custom home is longer, and the process requires the homebuyer to be more interactive throughout every step, but there are advantages. Your custom-built home will be unique and will reflect your family’s taste and lifestyle. You will not be limited to a prepared menu when it comes to choosing architectural style or finishes such as tile, flooring, window coverings, or exterior cladding and roofing. You can also incorporate energy-efficient and green solutions for insulation, heating, air conditioning, and landscaping as you see fit. If special needs are a consideration, or even special hobbies and activities such as music or yoga, the home you plan can include specific space and design features. Priorities in any undertaking are time and money. It may be wise to first consider financing options. Buyers who already own the land on which the home will be built are obviously one step closer to beginning their search for the most suitable lender. If not, there is more than one option. If your bank offers construction loans for the type of construction you are considering, an in-depth consultation with a bank representative is valuable in getting the process started. It is possible to obtain one loan to purchase the lot or acreage on which the home will be built and a separate loan for the actual construction, but not all lenders offer this type of loan. A more common type of loan is a construction-to-permanent loan (also called a C2P loan), which allows buyers to qualify for a single loan that funds construction and, upon completion of construction, becomes the permanent loan for the home. In addition to your own excellent credit, banks usually require credit and background information on your builder. Another option is to obtain builder’s financing through a builder who has a mortgage subsidiary or is affiliated with a specific mortgage company. The builder may include incentives with the financing package, such as discounts for upgrades or add-on services like settlement
services and title insurance. Carefully research all of your options to determine the best choice. You are in control of the final decision but also are ultimately responsible for understanding the obligations you accept. Existing building plans that closely match the home you want can be modified to your specifications, or you may prefer to consult with an architect who will draw plans based entirely on your vision of the home. The architect may be hired separately from the builder, or you may find a design-build company that handles both the design of the project and the construction. A vital part of the custom home-building process is finding the right builder and affiliated professionals for the project. Several factors will affect this choice. Basic questions for vetting an architect or builder include queries into their years of experience with similar projects, references, educational background, and proof of required insurance, permits, and licenses. It is also important to see examples of their finished work. Ask about the type of warranty that is provided, what it covers, how long it lasts and, of course, cost considerations for the project. Once the builder has an understanding of the type and size of home you want, you should be able to receive an estimated timeline for completion of the build. It is not uncommon to experience changes along the way that cause delays, but having a general idea of the time required will help everyone involved. Building from a builder’s existing plans will be a shorter timeline than a custom home from an architect’s original drawing, but many people feel it is worth the wait to get exactly the home they envision. According to the National Association of Home Builders, 22 percent of American home construction starts in 2015 were custom-built homes. New high-tech features are constantly being added to enhance safety and convenience for homeowners. Technology can connect home systems, allowing the homeowner to access and control them from a single
location in the home or remotely from a phone or other device. Security systems include indoor camera and motion sensors, door and window sensors, and doorbell sensors. Some systems can be connected so that local emergency services are contacted in the case of a break-in, even when the system is monitored from out of town. Lighting, heating, cooling, and smoke and carbon monoxide detection systems can be incorporated into a network that is remotely controlled. Home air quality, humidity, and temperature can be monitored, reported, and adjusted via phone or device. Appliances are becoming more connected, which enables alerts for such things as ovens and stoves that are accidentally left on when the homeowner is away. They can then be turned off immediately from anywhere. Dishwashers, vacuum systems, lights, and window shades can be activated remotely. Water heaters can self-adjust temperature settings and can respond to smoke or carbon monoxide alerts by shutting themselves off. Outdoor areas have not been forgotten, either. Systems can integrate outdoor lighting, pool functionality, and water features to save the homeowner time and increase energy efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy site (energy.gov) provides helpful information on â€œultra-efficient home design,â€? which incorporates elements of energy efficiency into each system and component of the home. A major player in the area of energy efficiency is a homeâ€™s heating and cooling system. Your choice will be based on several factors, including your own sense of aesthetics, zoning laws for your area, environmental considerations, and budget. Solar energy uses semiconductors in solar cells to collect and convert sunlight to energy, thus lowering energy bills. Incorporating the panels into an original home design can result in a more pleasing aesthetic. Depending upon the location of the home, there may be
advantages to a design that combines passive and active solar energy. Geothermal energy is showing up in home design in the form of heat pump systems. The ground 10 feet below the frost line maintains a temperature of 54 degrees. In a heat pump setup, a system of tubing is installed in the ground. It circulates a water solution through the heat pump to generate warm air (or, in the summer, cool air for air conditioning), which, in turn, circulates through your heating/ cooling system to maintain a comfortable temperature. The fact that the geothermal heat pump system works less to produce this result creates savings in energy bills. Federal tax credits may be available for installing certain types of energy-efficient heating systems. Consult with your tax preparer or attorney to learn specifics. If making so many decisions seems daunting, be assured that help is available. Whether working with a design-build company or an architect to draw up initial plans, a reputable professional can interpret your ideas and provide visual images and models that test those ideas before spending money building them. This is equally important when dealing with the interior design and landscaping aspects of a custom home. Interior designers and landscape architects have experience putting these areas together, and they also often have access to some items that the general public may not be able to buy. Always check references. Speak with former clients to get feedback on their experiences with the professionals you are considering for your project. The extra effort involved in planning and building a custom home can prove exciting and rewarding. Choosing a team of professionals who share your vision for the finished product can make all the difference. Sources for this article included: www.nahb.org, energy.gov, www. consumer.ftc.gov, and eyeonhousing.org. WE
Adams Family Dental More than Smiles
By Annie Kontor
Dental x-rays, cleanings, fillings, root canals…there are some services you can find in pretty much any dental practice. That means all dental practices are the same, right? Not quite. Kent Dodson, DDS, and his staff at Adams Dental Center offer a comprehensive array of services you won’t find anywhere else in Lincoln. Dr. Dodson is a North Platte native and Nebraskatrained dentist who earned his DDS at UNMC. He has been practicing dentistry for 30 years and has spent nearly his entire career at Adams Dental Center. Originally located at 70th and Adams, the practice moved near 84th and Holdredge in 2000. They kept their name and their legacy of putting patients first. Dr. Dodson’s drive for excellence in health care comes from a desire to give his patients the best treatment possible. In addition to tooth whitening, cleanings, fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions, and treatment of gum disease, Dr. Dodson also offers services rarely found at one location. He is one of the few Lincoln dentists to perform interceptive orthodontics on children under 12. Instead of treating orthodontics as a problem in adolescence,
interceptive orthodontics is the proactive diagnosis and treatment of tooth misalignment in children. Performing this treatment on younger patients means there is ample time for children to develop their arches and for the dentist to observe how the permanent teeth will erupt and create an appropriate plan to address small problems before they become larger ones. Adams Dental Center also treats TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), a condition that affects the jaw and its connecting muscles. If a person’s bite is not aligned correctly, it has a cascading effect that can lead to muscle pain in the head, neck, and even back. While the cause is unknown, symptoms may include headaches, ear pain, and clicking jaws.
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Nancy McClellen knows all too well the pain associated with TMD. She was in such agony that she couldn’t touch the right side of her face without excruciating pain. Her own general practitioner said there wasn’t much to be done, but he referred her to Dr. Dodson. After examining her and designing a holistic, neuromuscular treatment plan, Dr. Dodson gave her electric stimulation to loosen Nancy’s mandibular muscles. He then created an orthotic to hold her teeth and jaw in the correct position. “I don’t grind my teeth anymore, thanks to my spacer,” Nancy reports. “In less than a week, I was virtually free of pain in my ear and jaw!” Another condition that Dr. Dodson treats is sleep apnea. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, almost 20 million Americans have sleep apnea, and 85 percent of them are either undiagnosed or untreated. This is a serious medical condition; people with sleep apnea are at greater risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and type II diabetes. “Sleep apnea can really affect the quality of people’s lives, not only because of the diseases it can lead to, but also because the patient is so tired during the day and is unable to concentrate on her daily tasks,” Dr. Dodson observes. Those who are diagnosed with sleep apnea may wear a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to keep airways open while sleeping. However, CPAPs are bulky, difficult to transport, and often noisy if not fitted properly. Thankfully,
Adams Dental Center can help patients find alternatives and still get a good night’s sleep! In order to fit a patient with an oral appliance for sleep apnea, Dr. Dodson requires that the patient complete a sleep study and get a referral from her sleep physician. Dr. Dodson then chooses one of the 20 available dental devices and fits it for the patient. If oral appliance therapy is successful, the patient can get a good night’s rest, feel better during the day…and return to her bedroom, if her sleep partner made her leave because of her snoring. It really is a gamechanger. Going to Adams Dental Center has certainly been a game-changer for Lincolnite Mark Grosshans. He had a glass soda bottle thrown at his mouth when he was a boy, and he used a five-tooth bridge for many years. However, when it was knocked loose beyond repair, it was time for dental implants. Mark appreciates the quality of care he received. He trusted Dr. Dodson every step of the way during the 18-month process. “He is the best dentist I have ever known,” Mark says. “He devised my complete plan of care, explained every step of treatment along the way, and referred me to an excellent oral surgeon. He is very organized, systematic, and genuinely cares about his patients.” For more information about the services that Adams Dental Center provides or to schedule an appointment, visit www. adamsdentalcenter.com or call 402-484-6666. Adams Dental Center is located at 8251 Northwoods Drive, in Lincoln. WE
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Three Ingredients Bring Yourself More Fortune “There are three ingredients to the good life: learning, earning, and yearning.” —Christopher Morley I got this quote in a fortune cookie recently. I usually don’t spend much time analyzing these things, but for some reason I stuck it in my wallet—where it kept jumping out at me every time I went to pay for something. Finally, I took it out and began thinking about this whole concept. I concluded that there is an awful lot of truth on this little piece of paper. The Universe had delivered to me the key to a happy life! “Happiness...is not a destination: it is a manner of traveling. Happiness is not an end in itself. It is a byproduct of working, playing, loving, and living.” —Haim Ginott Remember the last time you discovered something new that you found exciting, interesting, or compelling? If you are like most of us, you probably made it a point to learn everything you could about it. While you were in the learning process, you most likely were focused, energized, and enthusiastic. Next in this fortune comes the word earning. According to Merriam Webster, earning means “to receive as return for effort.” Have you ever been given a reward that you didn’t feel you earned? Most of us realize no joy when this happens.
By Janet Van deWalle
Effort is a good thing. It allows us to focus; it gives us something to put our attention to. When we set a goal and have to strive to achieve it, then we typically feel a sense of true accomplishment. Earning is the payoff for all the enthusiasm and excitement that we put into learning about what we have decided to be passionate about. “There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.” —Logan Pearsall Smith Last, let’s consider the word yearning. The definition is “to long persistently.” What would our lives be like if we didn’t want anything? If, somehow, we had achieved every goal we had ever set for ourselves, how would we feel? Now, some may think that this would truly be nirvana. Yes, it may feel good and make us happy for a very brief time, but wouldn’t we soon become absolutely bored? If there no longer was anything that we wanted to learn about, wanted to become passionate about, wanted to earn, wouldn’t life be a lot less than joyful? “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” —Mahatmas Gandhi
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Changes of the Season Transitions in Life March is a time of transitions. The days get longer, minute by minute. The thermometer gradually rises, degree by degree. The air feels a little warmer. Balmier breezes waft in from the south, pushing out the frigid Arctic air. Trees and other plants become tinged with a gently-hued, spring green...gone are the starkly gray, empty branches of winter. As the weather warms and spring approaches, many of our homes also make a transition. The freshening of nature reminds us that our houses also need refreshing. We dust and clean, rearrange and replace. I’ve known those who take down heavy winter draperies and replace them with lightweight, diaphanous, summer curtains that float gently in the breeze from open windows. I have a friend who changes out her winter clothes for her shoulderseason clothes. Heavy coats are exchanged for lighter jackets. Bulky sweaters make way for cardigans. The sweatshirts and sweatpants stay because they are useful in the cooler days of spring. Shorts and tank tops patiently await their turn. The change in the weather also brings changes in moods. The grayness of winter makes many people grumpy or sad. The lighter days of spring often lighten moods. It may be my imagination, but I think there are more smiles when people are able to get outdoors in the fresh air. School kids also benefit from time spent outdoors...I’ve noticed they seem to have more energy and happier expressions. I’ve also noticed the balmier days tend to make
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kids daydream, wistfully looking out classroom windows to the sunshine-filled school yard. Many teachers lengthen recess by a few minutes because they, too, are reluctant to go back indoors. Transitions affect all of us. My niece has had a year full of transitions. Her oldest son went away to college. Adjustment was required when he left...and was required again, by the entire family, when he came home for the holidays. Her second son earned his driver’s license. Mom is nervous; he is happy to have more freedom. The youngest sees his brothers making transitions into young adulthood and has to make adjustments to being “the only one at home.” My daughter is changing jobs...the company she worked with for 16 years was sold to another company out of state. The new company wanted her to travel, but her sons are mid-teens...she can’t leave them unsupervised for days at a time. A friend found it necessary to move into assisted living. Our lives require transitions, be they in our employment, our living arrangements, our expectations of others, or their expectations of us. For some, these transitions are difficult; for others, they are easily made. I think change is primarily a good thing. It keeps us on our toes. Like a spring breeze through an open window, a smooth transition freshens our thinking. Editor’s Note: Marge has three children, two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She holds advanced degrees in education. Her life’s mission is to teach everyone that kids are people, too. WE
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Women’s Clinic of Lincoln Helping Today’s Women Navigate Menopause By Jodi Fuson
The symptoms of menopause haven’t changed much in the last hundred years or so, but life expectancy sure has. Imagine living in 1900, when the average life expectancy for a woman was 50 years— right around the time menopause kicks in. Today, many American women live through their 80s…with an average of 30 years spent in and after menopause. Dr. Stephen Swanson, an obstetrician and gynecologist with 35 years of experience, helps women live with this new reality. He believes that menopause should be addressed more aggressively so women can have a more positive experience. As a 25-year member of the North American Menopause Society, he says he has gained a lot of additional insight. Women’s Clinic of Lincoln developed a program specifically to evaluate women’s menopausal health and to treat its unfavorable symptoms, like vaginal dryness, increased heart disease risk, mood swings, incontinence or urinary frequency, and osteoporosis. “Opening people’s minds into menopause can be a good thing,” Dr. Swanson says. Once the ovaries stop releasing eggs (or are removed via surgery), estrogen levels drop, and cells throughout the body that are stimulated by the hormone go dormant. This leads to symptoms like hot flashes, fatigue, acne breakouts, brain fog, loss of libido, and sleeplessness. For many women, hormonal therapy can help by replacing the missing estrogen. Lori Celesky, 53, underwent a hysterectomy and ovary removal in 2015. She says it was important for her to do the research and decide what was best for her body when she prepared to enter surgically-induced menopause. Dr. Swanson and his staff were a great resource and guided her to hormone replacement therapy to combat the symptoms that quickly appeared. After beginning a daily estradiol regimen, Lori noted higher energy levels, improved focus and mental clarity, and leveling of moods. Patient Pamela Janzen, 61, says that hot flashes were the biggest symptom she had when she started taking estrogen about 10 years ago. Now, there’s no sign of them. She has trusted Dr. Swanson as her doctor since 1980. “Whatever he says, I go with it,” she shares. At her annual physical, she and Dr. Swanson discuss the dose of estrogen she is taking and adjust it, if necessary. “He listens to me and takes his time,” Pamela says. Lori finds Dr. Swanson and his staff very diligent about monitoring her hormone replacement therapy, too. He checked her estradiol and FSH levels six weeks after she began therapy to make sure they were in the proper range. Dr. Swanson also tests levels before starting a woman on estrogen to confirm that she is menopausal. Hormone replacement options include pills, a vaginal ring, and a skin patch. If a patient absolutely cannot take estrogen, Dr. Swanson helps her explore alternatives. Some
herbal remedies, like black cohosh, can help control menopause symptoms, Dr. Swanson adds. For women who are not eligible for estrogen therapy but are experiencing vaginal dryness and bladder complications, FemTouch can help. This laser procedure regenerates Dr. Stephen Swanson tissue in the vaginal mucous layer. Women’s Clinic of Lincoln doctors typically perform three 15-minute treatments over a three-month period for the best results. This in-office procedure is not painful but may cause the patient to experience a minor heat sensation. Dr. Swanson acknowledges that women have been confused about the risks of taking estrogen, but he notes that research over the past 25 years has put hormonal therapy in a more favorable light. “Heart and breast cancer research is holding up [the value] of hormone treatment,” he shares. Blood clots were determined as one potential side effect, but when estrogen is given through the skin (transdermally), no link has been proven, Dr. Swanson explains. For increased safety, estrogen is given along with progesterone (alone, estrogen could cause endometrial cancer). Breast cancer risk has been named as a potential side effect of the therapy, but Dr. Swanson notes that breast cancer risk goes up naturally as a woman ages and that women taking hormone replacement therapy have not been documented to see a spike outside the norm. Dr. Swanson adds that women who took estrogen in their 50s and 60s saw a lower incidence of breast cancer during the next decade of their life. ”We don’t know that estrogen grows breast cancer, but we do restrict it with people who have breast cancer,” Dr. Swanson adds. An important benefit of hormonal treatment is the prevention of bone density loss and osteoporosis, Dr. Swanson says. Women lose about 30 percent of their bone density in the first seven years of menopause and another 1 percent per year after that. Prevention of that bone loss can improve future mobility. And with 30 years of life after menopause, we’re going to need it! Women’s Clinic of Lincoln is located at 220 Lyncrest Drive. To learn more about their menopausal services, visit womensclinicoflincoln.com or call 402-434-3370. WE
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Are You Stressed? Take a Moment To Breathe “Is everything as urgent as your stress would imply?” —Carrie Latet It seems that as the years pass and we are inundated with more technologies that are said to make our lives “easier,” our stress levels just seem to increase. No longer do we live in a society where we can go somewhere and just get lost in the moment, spend quiet time uninterrupted. Instead, we are constantly connected via emails and text messages. Today, it is almost unimaginable to think of life without computers, iPads, and cell phones, yet that reality was not too long ago. “The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.” —Author Unknown When was the last time that you were able to do this? I know that I have an extremely hard time unwinding, even on the weekends or on vacation. I have a tendency to think about what I could or should be doing instead. “Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” —Astrid Alauda Stress has just become a normal part of our everyday life. We
By Janet Van deWalle
seem to accept that work, family, and other commitments go handin-hand with stress. But, does it really have to be like this? Recently, I have made the decision to change my attitude, change my view on work and home, and, most importantly, find a way to reduce my stress. I have started to realize the importance of finding my own means to relax. I see friends and family running around acting as though the world will come to a crashing halt if they miss a day of work or if they aren’t there for an event. The list goes on and on. I’m sure that we’ve all been guilty of this; I know I have. Now I am making a conscious effort to find time to relax. There truly are more important things in life. I am finding it easier to leave my work at work and laugh at the small things that used to annoy me. Overall, I’m feeling much better. “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” —Etty Hillesum When was the last time you stopped and took a deep breath? It’s so easy, with your career, home life, and the world as a whole, to forget to breathe. If everyone could just take a step back and relax, rest their mind and body, we would all be less stressed and perhaps a little happier. So today, just try for five minutes to take some time for yourself. Take a moment to breathe, and feel refreshed. WE
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