One self-exam and one diagnosis changed Diana Escanaverino’s sunny outlook on life. In November 2013, the vivacious singer and cosmetologist learned she had breast cancer, and it dragged her down into a dark place.
When Miami Children’s Hospital human resources specialist Margaret Gibson heard her employer was starting a wellness initiative last year, she jumped to apply. Gibson, a former high school gymnast, had become so obese that she could no longer walk the mall, and her blood sugar was sky high.
When she was in the eighth grade, Tiffany Raymond landed the coveted role of Clara for the Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance’s production of The Nutcracker. Prior to her performance, she tore one of the four major ligaments of her right knee — the ACL — when she landed from a calypso leap. She could no longer be Clara.
Going the distance has taken on different meanings for Brian Thomas over the years. A runner since middle school, Thomas, 35, found his niche in long-distance running. At his peak, he ran up to 150 miles a week and twice ran cross-country to raise money for charity.
Debbie Sagan first noticed a tremor in her hand five years ago while working as an instruction technology specialist at Miami South Ridge Senior High. She was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement.
For his 50th birthday, Jose F. Font climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in five days, ran a half-marathon in Tanzania the next day and then after traveling 18 hours to get back to South Florida, he competed in a triathlon.
Q. My mother has dementia and lives in an assisted living facility. Nearly every time I visit with her she asks me repeatedly when she will be going home. I’ve spoken with my friends who have parents with dementia who either live with them or who live in a facilty and they have the same experience with their parent. What do we say to them?
Q. My friend just had Botox because she wanted to have her brows lifted. She said it was the most horrible experience of her life. She ended up having droopy eyebrows for over three months. I know this is not suppose to happen so what can you tell me that would make me want to do Botox?
First the ring tone echoed outside the barbed-wire-topped walls of the Ebola clinic. Then came the wails of grief, as news spread that 31-year-old Rose Johnson was dead just days after she was brought here unconscious by relatives.
From research grants to travel junkets, drug and medical device companies paid doctors and leading hospitals billions of dollars last year, the government disclosed Tuesday in a new effort to spotlight potential ethical conflicts in medicine.