I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

I Was Diagnosed with DCIS — Stage 0 Breast Cancer

I'm religious about getting my annual mammogram. That's because I have a history of fibrocystic disease and in my 20s had a fibroadenoma (benign tumor) removed from my right breast. Every year, I worry that something not so benign will show up and every year I sigh with relief when I get a letter saying everything is normal. Not this year. Instead, I got a phone call from the Mammography Department at Mercy Hospital. The radiologist wanted me to come back for additional views. My heart sank. The diagnosis turned out to be DCIS, something I had never heard of before. I've discovered that neither do a lot of other people, so I decided to share my story on my Catching Health blog. Go to the blog ...

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Do You Ever Worry About Contaminants in Your Drinking Water?

Do You Ever Worry About Contaminants in Your Drinking Water?

Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, personal care products, flame retardants, detergents and new types of herbicides and pesticides. What do these items have in common? They’re all emerging contaminants that have detected at trace levels in drinking water.  

Learn more and find out how you can help prevent emerging contaminants from getting into our drinking water ...

Beautiful Tapestry of Color Throughout Maine as Leaves Rapidly Change

Fall Foliage Report Week 4

From Fort Kent in the north down through Bangor in the central part of the state, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is now reporting peak leaf color with low leaf drop of less than 30%.

“The colors of fall are reflecting off the water throughout Moosehead Lake in Greenville (Zone 5) as the foliage is approaching peak conditions this weekend,” according to Gale Ross, Fall Foliage spokesperson.  “Forest rangers are reporting that the maples throughout Maine are casting fiery red colors in central and western Maine as well, with low (30%) leaf drop,” Ross noted.

Maine’s official foliage website http://www.mainefoliage.com/ provides weekly reports by e-mail and an opportunity to share photos of favorite spots in Maine to watch the leaves turn color.

Opportunity to Meet Author Bill Roorbach on October 23 is Highlight of a Capital Read 2014

Opportunity to Meet Author Bill Roorbach on October 23 is Highlight of a Capital Read 2014

     The highlight of A Capital Read 2014 will be two appearances on Thursday, October 23 by Bill Roorbach, author of Life Among Giants, this year’s acclaimed community read selection.   

      A book club gathering with Roorbach will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Reading Room of Lithgow Library.  The public is invited to drop in during that time to meet the author and discuss Life Among Giants in an informal setting.  Light refreshments will be served.

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Celebrity Chef Challenge Raises $14,000 for local Meals on Wheels Program

Celebrity Chef Challenge Raises $14,000 for local Meals on Wheels Program

Four local area celebrity chefs joined forces to bring community awareness to food insecurity for homebound seniors in central and mid coast Maine by competing in the 2nd Annual Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Challenge on the beautiful evening of September 24 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.

The Judges’ Choice was awarded to Christopher Bassett of Azure Café in Freeport, and the audience awarded the People’s Choice to Eloise Humphrey of El Camino in Brunswick. Chris Geer of Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro in Freeport and David Pendexter of The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern in Brunswick put up a tough competition but all chefs were focused on helping their community end senior hunger.

Get help with your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Choices

Medicare Annual Enrollment Oct 15 thru Dec 7

If you are like most people, the prospect of trying to figure out which Medicare Drug Plan is the right one for you is overwhelming.  There are more than 25 plans available for 2015 and they all cover different medications, at different dosages, and varying prices. 

Every year there seem to be changes to many plans, from increased monthly premiums and cost of medications, to the elimination of some covered drugs, or even entire plans.  Spectrum Generations, central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center(ADRC) encourage people to do the research to make sure they will be enrolled in the plan that will work the best for them next year – and maybe even save some money in the process.  The time that you can make a change for 2015 plans is during open enrollment – October 15, 2014 to December 7, 2014.

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Preventing Falls: What Fran Learned About Lowering Her Risk of Falling

Fran Paris, who is 79, has a balance problem and tries to keep herself steady so that she doesn’t fall. When she noticed that Woodford’s Congregational Church was offering a Fall Risk Screening Event to help people learn more about their risks, she hightailed it over there. Read what Fran learned about her risks ...