Health

Cancer Survivor – 6 year ‘cancerversary’ reflections

For most of you April 29th is just another day. For me, this day is a reminder of when my life changed forever. April 29th 2015 was the day I had both breasts and 13 lymph nodes removed, and breast cancer was evicted from my body. I am a 6 year cancer survivor. Hearing those dreaded words, “I’m afraid you have cancer…

Covid-19 Pandemic: One Year Later

A year ago we all watched with horror as we came to grips with our new reality: the world was dealing with a deadly pandemic. Every single person across the globe has been impacted and suffered in some fashion; this pandemic has changed pretty much everything. Our college freshman packed up his dorm with 24 hours notice and flew cross country to shelter at home…

Systemic Racism: Dr. Naina Mahngar, Oncologist

Medicine has long been a male-dominated field. But that is changing. Women now account for 36.8% of physician’s according to census data, and 33% of medical oncologists are women. However they still encounter disbelief of their profession on a daily basis. Racist and sexist bias against patients is a prevalent issue, but often overlooked is the existence of racist and sexist…

7 Ways to Help a Student Athlete Manage an Injury

It’s every parent’s nightmare watching your student athlete sustain an injury playing a sport they love. After the panic and relief that your child is ‘ok’ wears off, the reality starts to set in, and you may have feelings of helplessness because you can’t ‘fix’ the situation. Student athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries…

Best White Water Rafting – Tuolumne River

Travel for our family is like oxygen. We need it to breath. Travel feeds our soul so we needed to work with this new 2020 normal and try to plan a Covid-19 safe getaway. We needed to ditch our computer screens for new surroundings. We desperately needed to relax with the sounds and beauty of mother nature, and fill our hearts with sunshine. After…

5 Best Things to Do in Yosemite National Park

Like many, we had to completely cancel and rearrange our 2020 travel. Travel for our family is like oxygen… we need it to breath… we need it for our souls… so to say this was hugely disappointing is a gross understatement. After 7 months of staring at a computer screen with no vacation days, and none on the horizon, we decided to…

Systemic Racism Spotlight: Meet Vincent Rowe

Medical professionals are increasingly aware of how systemic racism and discrimination in health care affects healthcare professionals and patients. It’s time for institutions to prioritize creating a hospital environment where perpetuating discrimination against physicians or patients is unacceptable. If this doesn’t happen, racial bias will continue to harm both doctors and patients. Meet Dr. Vincent Rowe. Dr. Rowe is the Professor…

Systemic Racism Spotlight: Meet Will Smith

In my previous article, ‘5 Ways White People Can Stand Up to Systemic Racism’, I share my plan to spotlight stories and experiences from people who are, or have been marginalized. I now realize that inaction is complicity. I share these words with deep humility, and my ​hope is these stories are thought-provoking, and spark discussions​. I’d like you to meet Will Smith…

Systemic Racism Spotlight: Meet Steve Lewis

The whole world is changed by 8 minutes and 46 seconds. George Floyd’s brutal murder triggered a reckoning for the systemic racism that has existed for over 400 years. Protests have exploded worldwide and many of us are having tough and uncomfortable conversations with ourselves and others. We need to be fueled by our discomfort. It’s up to white people to…

5 Ways White People Can Stand Up to Racism

I’ve been living my privileged life thinking I’m not a racist because “I have a ton of black friends”, without realizing I’m inadvertently and unknowingly part of the racism problem. I’ve been confronted with an uncomfortable reality: my silence is part of the problem. My personal feelings are irrelevant. Minorities have been telling us they experience racial injustice every…