Happy Legs & Feet Start Here

Happy Legs & Feet Start Here

It was while going through chemotherapy that I started experiencing leg fatigue, excruciating and debilitating leg cramps and foot pain.

I assumed after chemo was over my legs would get better. And while they did improve, my legs and feet have never been the same.

I now struggle with a touch of neuropathy and some days my legs and feet hurt so bad that even driving can be a challenge especially if I’m driving a stick.

Adding insult to injury is that while recovering from chemotherapy I landed smack-dab in the middle of menopause.

Menopause was trigged by chemotherapy medications.

As it turns out my menopausal symptoms include…wait for it…MORE leg pain. You’ve got to be kidding me.

As I started to pay more attention to my legs and feet I noticed 1) I desperately need a professional pedicure. And 2), I have a few tiny spider veins and a couple of varicose veins trying to pop up, too.

Physical changes like pregnancy, cancer, menopause and even weight fluctuations can change the body drastically.

Think about all that your feet and legs do for you in a day and how hard it would be without them.

Whatever your circumstances, I urge you to start taking care of your legs and tootsies, now, so they’ll take care of you, later.

With that said, today I’m sharing two things I’m doing to give back to my feet, and a health brand I think you should know about.

TWO THINGS I DO TO HELP KEEP MY LEGS HAPPY AND PAIN FREE


According to California.gov fast facts on podiatry, every step you make places 1.5 times your body weight of pressure on your foot.


One. Soak. It was while talking to my oriental medicine doctor that I learned foot soaking was a common treatment for circulation, neuropathy, digestion and a host of other things.

She suggested I soak, regularly. Daily if possible. So now I soak my feet in a mixture of epson salt and lavender oil but sometimes I use ginger, instead.

My doctor told me do use the hottest water I can handle without burning myself.

I had no idea a foot bath could feel so good! And if I do it before bed, I sleep better than ever.

This helps greatly with insomnia.

Two. Compression. I wish I had thought about these a long time ago. I guess I always thought they were for “old” people.

But since having these issues I’ve done my research on the benefits of compression socks or hose.

They improve your blood flow, prevent leg pain and swelling and prevent serious medical conditions.

Athletes even use them.

The challenge for me was finding compression wear that didn’t make me feel self-conscious or old.

Thankfully, there are a few stylish brands on the market. So today, I introduce you to Rejuva Health fashionable compression socks.

Look at these pretties.

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Those aren’t your grandma’s stockings! Rejuva Health has an interesting backstory.

One I plan to share with you in more detail, later. But for now, you should know they are all about compression with style.

They also have leggings. What?! Yep. Compression Leggings, ladies. I’ll be posting those soon!

May I suggest? Gifting these to yourself or someone you care about. You will not regret it.

Because I want you to see that Rejuva offers some variety, I’m gonna share some images from their Instagram feed, too. I just have the one pair above and I think you need to see there are more than those.

Compression socks have improved how I feel. It’s unbelievable. I even wear them while cooking and cleaning. And, they’re perfect for both men and women.

When I wear compression socks I can stand on my feet longer and I don’t feel tired out. What a relief!

disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and while I did play one on T.V. once, I do not intend to advise you on anything. You need to speak to your medical doctor before doing or refraining from doing, anything.

Please keep checking back for the ways I’m wearing my Rejuva Leggings. If you’d like to learn more about Rejuva Health follow them on Instagram @rejuva. And go to their Website.

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Have a great Monday!

How To Find an Oncologist

How To Find an Oncologist

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer the only thing I knew about an Oncologist was that I’d hoped I never needed one. Well, there’s goes that.

Somewhere between my shock and the doctors fear tactics I remember saying while fighting back tears “I have no idea how to find an Oncologist.”

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What you should know about the flour recall

What you should know about the flour recall

July 18, 2019—Between May 2019 and June 2019 multiple flour brands and baked goods mixes were recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.

Though the flour recall is now over I thought you should know about it in case you have any of the flours in your pantry.

(You can see the brand name list below)

How did E. Coli end up in flour?

I was surprised to learn E. coli could even get into flours.

I wanted to know the how and why so I did some digging.

It turns out this isn’t the first time there was a flour recall due to E. coli.

According to reports, May 2016 General Mills recalled flour due to possible E. Coli contamination.

And guess what? — Even the CDC and FDA were puzzled by that one.

Some officials theorize that contaminated groundwater or animal waste in a wheat field contributed to the outbreak, but I have not been able to confirm that.

Still, that seems logical to me.

So for now, the answer is not clear. What is clear, though, is that we want to avoid illness.

With that in mind here are some tips provided by the CDC to help prevent you from contamination and infection.

With all that’s going on with food these days it seems like a good idea to just make these tips common practice no matter how tempting it may be to stray from them.

CDC Tips

  • If you stored flour in another container without the packaging and don’t remember the brand or “use by” date, throw it away.
  • Thoroughly wash the container before using again.
  • Do not eat raw dough or batter.

Recalled brands:

Brand Castle Mixes

Pillsbury Best Bread Flour

King Arthur Flour

ALDI Baker’s Corner All Purpose flour

For UPC, Best By dates and lot numbers go directly to the CDC.

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At Your Cervix

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month.

Did you know?

  • Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.
  • The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes almost all cases of cervical cancer.
  • HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States.
  • While 79 million Americans currently have HPV, many of them don’t know they are infected with it. (Wow).
  • Early arrival, 90 percent survival—Fran Drescher, Cancer Schmancer

    According to the experts there’s a lot YOU CAN do to prevent cervical cancer.

    That’s encouraging!

    So how can I protect myself from HPV? The only sure way to prevent HPV is to not have sex.

    Since that’s probably not going to be the case for most, the following are a few ways to lower your chances of catching HPV (provided by the CDC).

    • Limit the number of partners you have. The fewer you have, the less likely you will be to get HPV.
    • Condoms may lower your risk when used every time, and worn properly. Having said this, HPV can infect areas not covered by a condom, so don’t expect it to be a guarantee.
    • HPV-Vaccine. The experts say teens and young adults need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Also, women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can get it.

    You should know: HPV spreads through sexual contact — oral, vaginal or anal. So if you’re doing “it” on any level, you’re at risk!

    According the American Cancer Society: The most common form of cervical cancer starts with pre-cancerous changes, and there are ways to stop this disease from developing.

    The first way is to find and treat pre-cancers before they become true cancers, and the second is to prevent the pre-cancers.

    A well-proven way to prevent cervix cancer is to have testing (screening) to find pre-cancers before they can turn into invasive cancer. The Pap test (or Pap smear) and the HPV (human papillomavirus) test are used for this. If a pre-cancer is found, it can be treated, stopping cervical cancer before it really starts. Most invasive cervical cancers are found in women who have not had regular Pap tests.

    For more information on HPV, cervical health and prevention visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Cancer.Org Mayo Clinic

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